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Jenin art

BBC bias: A one-sided programme largely about Jenin, presenting an unchallenged Palestinian narrative of violence.

this morning (thursday 15th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4
dangerous places (presented by composer errollyn wallen) (in the the art of now series)

“… Actor and educator Ahmed Tobasi explains how Jenin’s Freedom Theatre changed his life, and Mustafa Staiti discusses his work as artistic director of Jenin’s new Fragments Theatre. Composer Matti Kovler explores the impact of his experiences in the Israeli Defence Forces during the Second Intifada in Jenin.


Today: Polish holocaust law

BBC bias: A Member of the European Parliament for the right-wing (alleged racist) Law and Justice Party is introduced by the BBC solely as a “professor of history at the Polish Academy of Sciences“.

this morning (friday 2nd), 8.34-8.39am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by nick robinson and john humphrys) includes …

Israel’s prime minister has warned Poles not to try to change history

including interview with …
wojciech roszkowski, mep for the law and justice party
konstanty gebert columnist, gazeta wyborcza

Newshour: hiding migrants

this afternoon (thursday 25th), 2.40-2.49pm (partly repeated 9.44pm), on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes …

“The Africans Israel is paying to leave

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
• eritrean blogger teklit michael
jonathan jacobovitz. israeli immigration policy centre
reut michaeli, director of the hotline for refugees and migrants
• rabbi susan silverman, founder of the anne frank home sanctuary movement

Shimon Tzabar

BBC bias: Presented and also produced by his own son, this very one-sided programme avoided saying (and nobody was asked) why there was such opposition to Tzabar.
It failed to point out that Tzabar wanted the West Bank Golan Heights and Sinai to be returned without any peace treaty, and despite the loss of thousands of Israeli lives to attacks launched from those territories.
Tzabar is described only as playful, profound, just a little bit annoying, a star of Ha’aretz, artist, and writer of five popular children’s books. NO mention of his Israel Communist Party membership, or his holocaust comparison.
No balancing view has been produced by the BBC since the original broadcast 3 months ago.
(for Tzabar’s writings, see his own website,

this morning (friday 5th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated from sunday 15th october)
my father’s israel (produced and presented by son, rami tzabar)

“How a bitter dispute over Israel’s future split a country and divided a family.
In June 1967, Israel had just won the Six Day War, defeating the armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria, and occupying much new territory. Israelis sensed a transformation in their country’s destiny. Most were euphoric. A few were fearful.
Two declarations drawn up in neighbouring Tel Aviv cafes and published on the same day symbolised this bitter divide.
One, now seen as hugely significant in shaping Israeli history, declared that ‘The Land of Israel is now in the hands of the Jewish people’. It was signed by more than fifty members of the country’s leading cultural and political elites. It encouraged the wave of settlements that would arise in the territories which Israel had recently occupied.
The other declaration, concocted by two friends over an espresso, warned that the Israeli victory was a ‘fateful’ moment, and that holding onto occupied territories ‘will make us a nation of murderers and murdered’. It was signed by just 12 people.
These heretical views, published in a leading daily newspaper, prompted intense criticism and its signatories were called traitors to the Zionist cause.
Some received threats of violence, amongst them Shimon Tzabar, who was one of the authors.
His son Rami Tzabar explores what this moment of dramatic change meant for Israel, and for his family. He travels to Tel Aviv and talks to those involved in making the two declarations, as they recall the extraordinary atmosphere surrounding them.
This is also a personal story, as Rami discovers the consequences of his father’s passionate actions. After ostracism in Israel, his father went into exile in London (where Rami was born), and continued his campaigns with weapons of art, satire and unshakeable faith in his cause. The cost for the family was high.
Arguments still rage today about Israel’s actions and destiny – an argument within Israeli society, within the international community and among individuals. This programme reveals, in one dramatic story, the roots of that argument, and how it reverberated so strongly across a family’s life.”
(if you miss it, available at

Newshour Extra: What now?

BBC bias: the three studio panellists on this in-depth one-hour discussion programme present the case entirely from the palestinian point of view

yesterday evening (friday 15th), 9.06-9.59pm, on bbc world service radio
what now for the palestinians? (presented by owen bennett jones) (in the newshour extra series)
with panellists …
zena agha, iraqi-palestinian commentator at al-shabaka
mouin rabbani of the institute of palestine studies in amman
yezid sayigh, carnegie middle east centre in beirut
and with contributions from …
david makovsky, washington institute for near east policy
gil hoffman, chief political correspondent. jerusalem post
• bbc reporter yolande knell (more…)

B100D: Jerusalem reaction

yesterday evening (thursday 7th), 7.00-7.14pm, and 7.35-7.39pm, on bbc 4 tv
beyond 100 days (presented by jane o’brien and christian fraser) leads with …

“Who is actually influencing him? We’ve heard a lot about Sheldon Adelson …”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
• bbc reporter tom bateman
william cohen, former us defence secretary
omar shakir of human rights watch (more…)

Remember Baghdad

BBC bias: BBC News’s Julian Worricker presents the view that Iraqi Jews were not ethnically cleansed by persecution since they left partly because Ben-Gurion encouraged them to leave while they could still get out.
Don’t mention the ethnic cleansing!

last sunday morning (19th november), 6.44-6.59am, on bbc world service radio
weekend (presented by julian worricker)

What happened to the Jews of Baghdad?

including interview with …
edwin shuker, born baghdad 1955, left 1971, narrator of new film remember baghdad
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