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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.”

(if you miss it, available from from 0:00:15 to 0:17:30 at or at

HARDtalk: Raja Shehadeh

last monday morning (16th march), 12.30-12.55am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80 or 130) (repeated on bbc world service radio that afternoon, at 1.05pm and 8.05pm)
raja shehadeh (presented by zeinab badawi) (in the hardtalk series)

Zeinab Badawi talks to the award-winning Palestinian author and lawyer Raja Shehadeh. For three decades he has written many books about human rights and the Israeli occupation.
His family were forced to leave Jaffa in 1948 and settled in Ramallah on the West Bank, where he lives today.
He says he hopes his work has helped further the cause of peace but has it?”
(0:16:46) “Moshe Dayan, after the occupation, said [Badawi: “that was the Minister of Defence years ago?”], Minister of Defence, said Israel is now an empire

… this repeats a passage from shehadeh’s new book, Language of War, Language of Peace: Palestine, Israel and the Search for Justice (2015, Profile Books):

After Israel’s victory in the June War of 1967, Moshe Dayan, the Minister of Defence, had declared that Israel was now an empire.”

from her interruption, it is clear that interviewer zeinab badawi was already familiar with this quotation

however, other sources place the quotation as being from an israel radio interview of 12th february 1952 (whether this is true, i have been unable to verify … but shehadeh’s dating of it to 1967 is clearly an invention)

see eg (more…)

Agree to differ: Jerusalem

this evening (wednesday 3rd), 8.00-8.45pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 10.15pm this saturday)
jerusalem (in the agree to differ series)

Agree to Differ is Radio 4’s new discussion programme where the aim is to give listeners a completely new way to understand a controversial issue and to decide where they stand.
Presented by Matthew Taylor.”

includes principal debaters …
• rabbi barry marcus
rafeef ziadah, senior campaigns officer at War on Want, and human rights activist with the Palestinian BDS National Committee

(0:16:25) Matthew: “Rafeef, to what extent is your argument that there was de facto a Palestinian state before 1948, for example, if you take that particular moment, the establishment of Israel?”
(0:16:36) Rafeef: “Historically, in that part of the world, even referring back to Roman times, that area was referred to as Palestine. There is a Palestinian nation, I am a Palestinian person, I know that within Israeli and Zionist mythology they say Palestinians don’t exist, but the reality is Palestinians have always existed in that territory, and again I think the important part is to speak about human beings that are living in that area today, they should be able to have normal lives.”


HARDtalk: Nadine Gordimer

this morning (tuesday 15th), 4.36-5.00am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 710)
HARDtalk: stephen sackur interviews nadine gordimer (repeated from may 2011) (more…)

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