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Today: lessening tension

BBC bias: the BBC even-handedly equates the stabbing to death of 3 israelis in their home with the killing of 4 palestinians violently attacking security forces (one of whom was killed by his own molotov cocktail)
this morning (tuesday 25th), 7.16-7.21am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by nick robinson ) includes …

“In the early hours of the morning, Israeli ministers decided to stop the use of metal detectors at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site after the new security measures set off deadly unrest.
Will this lessen the tensions which have led to the deaths of three Israelis and four Palestinians in recent days?”

including interviews with …
• palestinian ambassador manuel hassassian
• former mossad director efraim halevy, former head of israel’s national security council, and former director of mossad (more…)

Bowen on Gaza

[BBC bias: In this programme devoted to Gaza, no mention by Jeremy Bowen of …
• Tens of thousands of Gazans being allowed out for humanitarian and religious reasons, and for free medical treatment.
Egyptian control of who goes in and out.
Electricity shortages (only a few hours supply a day), and medical shortages, caused by Fatah withholding funds from Gaza.
Housing shortages caused by Hamas diverting much of its revenue (and concrete) to building tunnels.
• War crimes by Hamas.]
this afternoon (friday 16th), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4
missiles and the ballot box (15th of 20 episodes of the our man in the middle east series)

“BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen explores Gaza, the Palestinian territory controlled by Hamas, the Islamic resistance movement.
‘It’s not a place you would chose for a Mediterranean holiday, though the Palestinians used to dream of developing a tourist industry’, he says. ‘Israel could recapture Gaza in days if it wanted to. But then it would be responsible for around a million children and about the same number of angry adults. Palestinians can’t destroy a state as strong as Israel. But Israel can’t bludgeon Palestinians into submission either’.”

“Palestinians often call Gaza the world’s biggest jail, and it’s hard to argue.
… The UN predicts that Gaza might become uninhabitable by 2020, if there’s no end to the conflict with Israel.
the human spirit burns very bright in Gaza.
… Living either side of the border wire, in Gaza or Israel, can be very difficult and dangerous.
… The laws of war say belligerents shouldn’t use disproportionate force. Israel always denies doing so when it attacks Gaza, but the evidence suggests that it does. The Israelis claim to take great care not to kill civilians, but they use heavy weapons in densely populated areas, making civililan casualties certain.
I’ve never seen any evidence of Hamas in Gaza forcing civilians in to stay in the firing line, but Israelis repeat time and again that Hamas hide behind human shields.
… Until matters change in Gaza, there will be more wars between Hamas and Israel. Change means a new attempt at peace, with the participation and consent of all sides [including Hamas].”
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08tgjl2)

Bowen on Arafat

[despite the bbc’s introduction, this programme is jeremy bowen’s one-sided summary of the life of yasser arafat]
this afternoon (thursday 15th), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4
guns and olive branches (14th of 15 episodes of the our man in the middle east series)

“BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen looks back over the life of Yasser Arafat.
Thousands of his supporters turned out when the Palestinian’s body was flown back into Ramallah on the West Bank. “Love him or hate him, he was Mr Palestine,” says Bowen. “In death as well as in life he was the symbol of the Palestinian people and their struggle for independence – much more than a politician.”
The Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s view was that Arafat was ‘a murderer and a pathological liar’.”

(more…)

Newshour: Barenboim on occupation

this afternoon (tuesday 13th), 2.45-2.49pm, on bbc world service radio (repeated 9.33pm)
newshour (presented by razia iqbal) includes …

“Now, for the first time in nearly a decade, conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim has been back to the West Bank to work with young Palestinian musicians.
He’s been a strong critic of Israel’s occupation of land that the Palestinians want for their future state, and says that his visit was timed to remember the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war, when Israel captured East Jerusalem the West Bank and Gaza.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
daniel barenboim (more…)

Hugh Sykes on history

BBC bias: The BBC, in its characteristic pursuit of even-handedness, depicts Jews (like the Arabs) as rejecting the 1947 UN Partition Resolution.
this afternoon (thursday 8th), 5.45-5.52pm, on bbc radio 4
pm (presented by eddie mair) includes …

“70 years ago, in 1947, the UN General Assembly passed the Partition Resolution, recommending the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states with economic union, and an international regime for a shared Jerusalem.
The two-state Resolution 181, 70 years ago, was rejected by Palestinians and by most Jewish organisations. Civil war broke out between Jews and Palestinians …”

including interview with …
• bookseller imad muna, 53 (more…)

Hugh Sykes on Jerusalem

BBC bias: The BBC implies that the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem have no vote.
this afternoon (thursday 8th), 1.14-1.21pm, on bbc radio 4
world at one (presented by mark mardell) includes …

Hugh Sykes reports from Jerusalem.”
“This is a binational city, and in this binational city, one national collective has all the power, and the other is politically disempowered.

including contributions from …
• lawyer daniel seidemann
• jerusalem post reporter amotz asa-el
(if you missed it, available from 0:14:30 to 0:21:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08sksbj#playt=14m31s)

Today: Six-Day War

the bbc presents the six day war as a war of aggression, based on israeli belief that it would be invaded
this morning (thursday 8th), 6.48-6.53am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by sarah montague) includes …

“This week, from 5th June, this week it marks 50 years since Israel launched an overwhelming strike against three of its neighbours, Egypt Syria and Jordan. It believed those countries were planning an invasion.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter tom bateman
• author meir shalev
• former jordanian pilot, now general, mahmoud erdisat
fatima khadir of east jerusalem
• former israeli solder, now rabbi, yoel bin-nun
(see also http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-40117270)

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