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Newshour: Gaza agreement

last thursday (12th october), 2.07-2.13pm, 9.17-9.19pm, and 9.54-9.56pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by rebeccca kesby and tim franks) leads with …

“The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal over governing the Gaza strip after a decade-long rift.”

“A ‘major breakthrough’ is exactly how the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, described their reconciliation deal, hammered out today in Cairo.”

including contributions from …
• fatah negotiator zakariya al-agha
• bbc reporter lyse doucet
• hamas lead negotiator salah al bardawil
nathan thrall of the international crisis group
• negotiator ghassan khatib
• former us ambassador, ryan crocker (more…)


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’.”


HARDtalk: Robert Serry

early tomorrow morning (wednesday 3rd), 12.30-12.55am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80 or 130) (repeated from 4.30am today)
hardtalk: robert serry

Stephen Sackur speaks to Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process.
Has the time come to admit that the ‘peace process’ is an unhelpful fiction?


Newshour: HaBayit Yehudi

yesterday afternoon (wednesday 20th), 2.37-2.47pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by owen bennett jones) includes interviews with …
naftali bennett
husam zomlot of fatah (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

Fatah-Hamas deal

yesterday (thursday 24th), on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
world service newshour includes benjamin netanyahu interviewed by jeremy bowen

Israeli PM dismisses Fatah-Hamas deal

… followed (0:05:25 to 0:08:30) by analysis by jeremy bowen


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