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WOF: Passover

23rd february 1993, 2nd april 1995, 3rd april 1995, 18th april 1995, 26th march 1996, and 7th may 1996, on bbc world service radio

passover (from the series of 4-minute words of faith talks) 

1. “Rabbi Hugo Gryn talks about the Jewish festival of Passover, involving the cleaning and clearing of homes and the eating of only unleavened bread.”

2. “Rabbi Julia Neuberger tells the story of Passover, commemorating the exodus of Israelites who were led out of Egypt by Moses.”

3. “Rabbi Julia Neuberger considers the history and the meanings behind the preparations for Passover.”

4. “The history and meaning of the Passover celebrations.”

5. “A lesson learned in apartheid South Africa: “Whatever is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow’.”

6. “One woman’s journey to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover: ‘I’d never really thought of it as a place you got to on a bus, rather a place you fly to on the wings of your dreams’.”

Outlook: Melville Edelstein

this morning (sunday 17th), 10.06-10.30am (repeated 12.06am), on bbc world service radio

soweto uprising: what happened to my dad? (presented by mpho lakaje) (in the outlook series)

“In 1976, the Johannesburg township of Soweto erupted into protest. Students were furious with the government decision to make Afrikaans a language of instruction in South African schools. Afrikaans was associated with apartheid and white rule by many black South Africans, and not everyone could speak it. The protests were met with brutal force by the police, and hundreds of students died in the ensuing gunfire.

In the midst of the chaos was Dr Melville Edelstein, a white man involved in various humanitarian causes in the township.

Students who had fled the gunfire suddenly turned their anger on him, and he was killed in the street. His daughter Janet Edelstein was just 12 at the time, and she’s spent many years trying to find answers about what happened that day.”

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Raving in Palestine

BBC bias: BBC News presents a completely one-sided programme on “Palestinian identity freedom and resistance”, with multiple references to apartheid and human rights.

saturday 9th february, 4.30-4.55am (repeated 9.30pm), on bbc news tv
raving in palestine (filmed produce and directed by sebastien rabas) (in the our world series)

including contributions from …
odai masri of oddz
sama’ abdulhadi of sama’
laith al bandak of nrd
bruno cruz, and walaa sbait, of ministry of dub-key
al nather, shab jdeed, and makimakkuk, of blinm
sana jammelieh of sana jam

“This film follows Palestinian DJs producers and musicians as they redefine Palestinian identity freedom and resistance through music.”
“Our World spent the New Year party season in Ramallah, Bethlehem and Haifa documenting the personal views of young Palestinians on the Israeli occupation, and how it impacts their music.

Joe Slovo

11th august 2009, 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 13th july 2017 on radio 4 extra)
joe slovo (presented by matthew parris, with david milliband and daughter gillian slovo) (in the great lives series)
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HARDtalk: Rima Khalaf

this morning (monday 17th), 4.30-5.00am (repeated 12.30am tonight), on bbc news tv (repeated 8.06pm today, on bbc world service radio)
rima khalaf – executive secretary of UN ESCWA 2010-2017 (presented by steephen sackur) (in the hardtalk series)

Stephen Sackur talks to Rima Khalaf, who ran the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.
She commissioned a report which accused Israel of systematically implementing apartheid policies and promptly resigned from her UN post when the secretary general refused to accept the work.
What were her motives?


WHYS: apartheid in Israel?

this afternoon (tuesday 18th), 3.44-3.59pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
world have your say (talk programme, presented by ben james) concludes with …

“Israeli columnist Bradley Burston, who’s decided: ‘It’s time to admit it: Israeli policy is what it is: apartheid‘.

including contributions from …
bradley burston, columnist and senior editor of haaretz
yuval from haifa
• south african-born benjamin pogrund, author of drawing fire: investigating the accusations of apartheid in israel
• israeli activist ran bar-yoshafat (more…)

Outlook: Albie Sachs

this evening (thursday 13th), 8.05-8.22pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107) (repeated from 12.05pm)
outlook (presented by jo fidgen) leads with …

Albie Sachs: Freedom Fighter to Judge:
Albie Sachs is a prominent figure in South Africa, a well-known fighter against apartheid, who paid for it with time in solitary confinement, exile, and hospital, after an attempt on his life. He trained as a lawyer in the 1950s, specialising in civil rights – and ended up as a judge, helping to write the new South Africa’s constitution that recognised equality between blacks and whites.”

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