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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…)

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Witness: Maisoon Bashir

this morning (wednesday 4th), 8.50-8.59am, on bbc world service radio
maisoon bashir: israel withdraws from gaza (presented by mike lanchin) (in the witness series) (more…)

Newshour: PA in Gaza

yesterday afternoon (tuesday 3rd), 2.51-2.55pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by razia iqbal) includes …

The Palestinian cabinet has met in Gaza for the first time in three years.”

including report from …
• bbc reporter tom bateman (more…)

Newshour: Palestinian unity?

today (sunday 17th), 1.07-1.20pm, 1.51-1.59pm, 9.07-9.19pm, and 9.36-9.39pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) leads with …

Hope for Unity in Palestinian Territories: Hamas, who govern the Gaza strip, have agreed to steps towards ending a long feud with their rivals Fatah who govern the West Bank.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
nabil shaath
• mediator oliver mcternan
• professor khaled khroub
• likud mk sharren haskel
• hamas spokesman ghazi hamad (more…)

FOOC: Gaza power struggle

yesterday morning (saturday 22nd), 11.31-11.37am, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent (presented by kate adie) includes …

The Heat Is On: Gaza’s power struggle: the city where mains electricity is available for two hours a day.
The UN has said that conditions in Gaza are becoming increasingly “unlivable”. Education and healthcare are declining and energy is becoming increasingly scarce.
Yolande Knell visits some old acquaintances to find out how Gazans are managing.”

(more…)

Newsday: Gaza “unliveable”

last wednesday morning (12th july), 7.47-7.51am (repeated 8.22am), on bbc world service radio
newsday: life in gaza reaching its limits

In 2012, the United Nations predicted that the Palestinian territory of Gaza would be “unliveable” by 2020. But in a new report, the UN has revised its calculations saying that the conditions for an estimated two million people living there are deteriorating “further and faster” than earlier predictions.”

including interview with …
robert piper, un coordinator for humanitarian aid and development activities (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)

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