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Today/PM: Eurovision

today (saturday 18th), 8.09-8.10am, 8.20-8.22am,  8.48-8.53am, and 5.23-5.27pm, on bbc radio 4 

today (presented by justin webb and john humphrys) and pm (presented by carolyn quinn) include …

“The final of the 64th Eurovision song contest takes place in Tel Aviv this evening, following Israel’s victory in last year’s competition. The event has become highly political after dozens of artists called for a boycott because of Israel’s treatment of the occupied Palestinian territories.”

“But if Israel likes Eurovision-the-competition, its relationship with Europe-the-continent is more ambiguous.”

including contributions from  …

• bbc reporter david sillito 

• bbc reporter paddy oconnell 

• bbc reporter james landale 

• pollster dahlia scheindlin 

ilan issacson, head of security at eshkol

nour odeh, media consultant, spokesperson for the palestinian authority

alistair burt mp

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Newshour: actor’s boycott

last saturday afternoon (12th november), 1.25-1.28pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by lyse doucet) includes …

“To Israel now, where politics has taken to the stage, literally. There’s growing tension within the national theatre company and within the wider artistic community after the company, Habima, performed in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba.”

including contribution from …
• professor haim weiss (more…)

Newshour: Ian McEwan

this afternoon (monday 1st), 2.50-2.57pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour presented by razia iqbal ends with …

James Coomarasamy interviews novelist Ian McEwan
(0:51:13) “The best bit of Israel, which is represented in writers like Amoz Oz and David Grossman, is very much in retreat, overwhelmed by a kind of sense of panic. I have no time for Hamas. But I think in this case the Israeli Defence Force has been disproportionately violent.”
“How should intellectuals react, though, you say that the liberal Israeli authors are in retreat: how should Western writers react?”
Go there, engage: I gave a formal lecture in receiving the Jerusalem Prize, I was as strong against Hamas as against the ethnic cleansing, really, of East Jerusalem. So, engage!”
“Do you relish the fact that you have the platform to talk about these issues, or would you prefer to be a writer who simply talks about his books, his novels?”
“Probably the latter, probably I’ve already gone too far. Being misunderstood and misquoted is (you must know better than anyone) an occupational hazard, and public rows involve a great deal of “I didn’t say that, I said this”, and at some point I think, Oh I just want to get on with what I do.”

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Anti-semitism in Manchester

this afternoon (sunday 10th), 1.12-1.24pm, on bbc radio 4
the world this weekend includes shaun ley reporting from manchester on the fears of jews, including interviews with …
• rabbi mark goldstone
• ISM propagandist adie mormech
anthony julius (more…)

Jeremy Bowen on BDS

yesterday morning (saturday 3rd) 11:30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent includes bbc middle east editor jeremy bowen in gaza analyzing the history of the relationship of hamas and fatah, from palestinians torturing palestinians, to their recent “apparent coming together”, as a prelude to asserting that BDS is now moving to the centre of politics and is worrying israel

“… So unity seems to be part of a new strategy for President Abbas and his people. It includes joining international organisations which could eventually lead to war crimes prosecutions of Israeli soldiers.
And there’s BDS, or boycott divestment and sanctions: the idea is for Israel to be as isolated as South Africa was in the 1980s. That worries the Israelis more and more.
The editor of one of Israel’s leading papers told me that BDS was moving from the fringes to the centre of politics.
“Israel’s so much stronger than us”, one Palestinian activist told me before I left Jerusalem this week, “but we’re more organised than we were, and we’re not going away”.”

(if you missed it, available from 0:07:15 to 0:13:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042cq87)

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