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Today: Ilhan Omar ‘allegiance’

this morning (friday 8th), 6.37-6.41am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by nick robinson and justin webb) includes …

“This is the whole question of anti-semitism, and  whether there’s an anti-semitism problem with the Democrats … part of that vocal wing is critical of Israel, and is critical for a Democratic pursuit of policies that are favourable to Israel
Ilhan Omar said that some people had an allegiance to a foreign country. and that was what some said the Democrats should explicitly condemn because it’s anti-semitic, and in the end they haven’t.”

including interview with  …
• bbc reporter gary odonoghue
(see also https://www.timesofisrael.com/democrats-push-off-anti-semitism-resolution-amid-dissent-over-omar-remarks/)

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W@1: Congress anti-semitism

this afternoon (monday 4th), 1.25-1.30pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated tuesday 5th, 9.12-9.18pm, on newshour on bbc world service radio)
world at one (presented by sarah montague) includes …

“Labour isn’t the only left-of-centre political party having to weather accusations of anti-semitism at the moment. In the United States, Democrats are having to counter claims that the leftward shift of their party is leading to anti-semitic attitudes among some of their new members of Congress.

including contributions from …
• journalist jonathan weisman, new york times
deborah lipstadt
• arab-israeli yousef munayyer, executive director, us campaign for palestinian rights
halie soifer, jewish democratic council of america
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Today: McEwan on boycotts

yesterday morning (monday 31st), 8.40-8.42am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by martha kearney) includes an interview with • sir ian mcewan, including …

I went to Jerusalem to get the Jerusalem Prize, and that was quite a gauntlet of fire thrown down at my feet because there are very strong organisations telling one that you mustn’t have anything to do with Israel, but there are people there like the very well-known novelist David Grossman and others that I really wanted to encourage, because they represent a commutarian old-style form of an idealistic Israel that really did want to reach out to the Palestinians. And I also got to speak to some Palestinian writers, and it’s quite hard to meet Palestinian writers, because you put up feelers, you get an enthusiastic yes from an individual writer, and then two or three days later Hamas has intervened and said no you’re not to speak.”

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Today: Quaker boycott

this morning (thursday 22nd), 8.54-9.00am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb) concludes with …

The Quakers, the religious Society of Friends, do not generally upset people, they regard themselves as peaceful, cooperative, thoughtful. So when they became the first British church to disinvest from any company that profited from activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, it raised eyebrows and more. The president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews said it was ’appalling’.”

including interview with …
paul parker, recording clerk (chief officer) of the quakers
james sorene, chief executive of bicom
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Today: Airbnb boycott

this morning (tuesday 20th), 7.06-7.07am, and 8.08-8.09am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by john humphrys) includes …

“The home-renting website Airbnb has said it’s removing all properties in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank from its listings. The move will affect around 200 listings. The American company said it had made its decision because the settlements were at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.”

including contributions from …
• palestinian tourism minister rula maayah
• bbc reporter yolande knell
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HL: Palestinian situation

last thursday evening (7th june), 5.30-8.30pm, on bbc parliament tv
house of lords 7/6/2018 includes …

“That this House takes note of the situation in the Palestinian Territories

speeches by Lord
or Lady …
Steel (LD)
Lothian (C)
Hain (Lab)
Sheehan (LD)
Hilton (XB)
Chester (Bishop)
Luce (XB)
Cope (C)
Anderson (Lab)
Palmer (LD)
Ahmed (Lab)
Dykes (XB)
Polak (C)
Turnberg (Lab)
Hannay (XB)
Morrris (C)
Ludford (LD)
Lea (Lab)
Warner (XB)
Uddin (Lab)
Sandwich (XB)
Shinkwin (C)
Judd (Lab)
Singh (XB)
Tonge (LD)
Grocott (Lab)
Janke (LD)
Meacher (XB)
Leigh (C)
Northover (C)
Collins (Lab)
Ahmad (C)
and intervention by …
Hunt (Lab)

(transcript at https://hansard.parliament.uk/lords/2018-06-07/debates/C5858EA0-D1CF-48CF-A7AB-B04D4316EC7A/PalestinianTerritories)
(if you missed it, available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0b624qg/house-of-lords-palestinian-territories)

Newshour: Argentinians threatened

this evening (wednesday 6th), 9.51-9.55pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

“Why have Argentina called off a friendly match against the Israeli national football team?

including report from …
• israeli reporter emmanuelle elbaz-phelps
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