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PM/Twt: Israeli airstrikes

yesterday evening (wednesday 26th), 5.03-5.04pm, and 10.03-10.05pm, on bbc radio 4
pm (presented by carolyn quinn) and the world tonight (presented by sean ley) include …

“Russia says that two passenger planes were directly threatened last night by Israeli airstrikes on Syria. The defence ministry in Moscow said that the endangered flights had been landing in Damascus and Beirut.”

including reports from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell

Looking for Palestine

BBC bias: The BBC Proms mark Israel’s 70th anniversary year with no Israeli orchestra but with the Palestinian political work ‘Looking for Palestine’ (mostly about the Lebanon War).

This summary is from David Robert Coleman’s own summary of the piece, at
Scene1: ‘Although I have never returned to Palestine, Palestine always returns to me’.
Scene 2: It describes how she is in Lebanon, and how beautiful and idyllic it all is, but in the background something is already going wrong. Towards the end of the scene, the bombing of Lebanon begins.
Scene 3: There’s a short episode where she talks about her fear of seeing bombs being thrown from aeroplanes and the kind of reactions that provokes in her.
Scene 4: She’s back in New York, and there’s a protest developing against this bombardment, and she says you know it’s just a few people, and they seem to be basically quite bourgeois white people protesting there.
Coda: She talks about becoming a kind of feeling like a Palestinian in that moment, and I end it with the words ‘Words are so powerful’.

this evening (tuesday 14th), 7.30-11.30pm, on bbc rsdio 3
daniel barenboim and the west-eastern divan orchestra (in the bbc proms series) includes (at 8.25pm) …

“At the centre of the concert is David Robert Coleman’s ‘Looking for Palestine’ for soprano and orchestra, a work commissioned by the ensemble, and one that speaks to its uniquely political identity.”

(for partial transcript, click “more”)

Newshour: Netanyahu defiant

today (sunday 10th), 1.20-1.23pm, and 9.06-9.13pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) leads with …

Netanyahu to meet EU leaders amid tensions

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter martin patience
hugh lovatt, european council on foreign relations (more…)

Newsroom: Netanyahu defiant

today (saturday 24th), 11.09-11.11am, 7.06-7.11pm, and 10.06-10.10pm, on bbc world service radio
the newsroom (presented by alex ritson) leads with …

Netanyahu Defiant On Jerusalem: The country’s Prime Minister says Palestinians must realise Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Speaking in Paris, alongside the French President, Benjamin Netanyahu said the city’s status was non-negotiable.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter tom bateman
• bbc reporter martin patience
• bbc reporter sebastian usher (more…)

Newshour: Hizbollah ten years later

this afternoon (tuesday 12th), 2.20-2.25pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by razia iqbal) includes …

Hizbollah ten years later”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter rami ruhayem
hassan nasrallah, hizbollah secretary-general
see also (more…)

Media and the Middle East

tomorrow evening (saturday 13th), 8.00-8.50pm, on bbc radio 4
media and the middle east (in the archive on 4 series) presented by john lloyd

with contributions from …
Jon Snow
Jeremy Bowen
Martin Bell
David Cesarani
Daoud Khitab
Lisa Goldman
Anton Laguardia
Toby Green
Chris Doyle
“Topaz” (more…)

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