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Posts tagged ‘IDF’

HH: Uzi Even

yesterday evening (sunday 24th), 10.47-10.55pm, on bbc world service radio
gay rights in the israeli army (presented by max pearson) (in the the history hour series)

including interview of • nuclear expert former colonel and former mk uzi even by • mike lanchin

HARDtalk: Breaking the Silence

this morning (thursday 15th), 2.30-3.00am (repeated 4.30am and 12.30am), on bbc news tv (and repeated 3.06am and 11.06pm tomorrow, on bbc world service radio)
avner gvaryahu – breaking the silence (interviewed by stephen sackur) (in the hardtalk series)
(see also

Avner Gvaryahu served in the IDF as a sergeant in special forces from November 2004-November 2007, but he sees an institution in denial – corroded and corrupted by the military occupation of Palestinian communities over a fifty-year span.

Rite of passage

yesterday morning (wednesday 20th), 11.32-11.59am (repeated 11.32pm), on bbc world service radio
rite of passage (presented by robert nicholson) (in the the documentary series)

“No institution defines Israel, inside and out, like the formidable Israeli defence force (IDF). Robert Nicholson explores how military service helps shape Israeli society, and the role the army has to play in Israel’s future.

Sunday: military exemption

this morning (sunday 17th), 7.31-7.35am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by edward stourton) includes …

“This week, Israel’s Supreme Court decided that ultra-Orthodox Jews are no longer exempt from military service.”

including interview with …
• reporter matthew kalman (more…)

Bowen on death

this afternoon (friday 26th), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4
the nearness of death (last of 10 episodes of the our man in the middle east series)

“BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen describes the worst day of his working life – the day he and his colleagues came under fire from the Israeli Defence Force.
Bowen’s driver Abed Takkoush was hit when the crew of an Israeli tank fired a shell across the border wire into Lebanon. It hit the back of his Mercedes taxi while he was sitting in the driver’s seat phoning his son.”
Fighters in every war, on every side, dehumanise their enemies. They regard them as something less than living and breathing people who can feel love and fear and happiness. That way, it’s much easier to kill.

(see also from our own correspondent of 29th may 2016, still available from 0:23:00 to 0:28:00 at (more…)

Newshour: cannabis in the IDF

this evening (wednesday 21st), 9.51-9.54pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

Israeli Defense Forces relax cannabis rules:
Soldiers will no longer be instantly court-martialed for off-duty cannabis use.
David Schiff has just finished his army service and says that the use of cannabis in Israel is comparable to many western countries.”


Newshour: IDF murder investigation

yesterday (friday 25th), 2.46-2.50pm, and 9.36-9.45pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by julian marshall and andrew peach)

Israel has detained and charged a soldier seen in a widely-distributed video shooting an injured Palestinian lying on the ground.”

including interviews with …
• idf spokesman lt col peter lerner

“The incident was actually reported by the commanders in the field to the military police who began their preliminary investigation, and later on in the day the video that we’ve seen has surfaced and emerged, showing exactly what the commanders already knew. I would say in definitive terms this is an extraordinary incident … we see them as a grave breach of the idf values …”
“… The prosecutor is actually accusing the soldier of murder. …this is a grave breach and therefore it is being treated as such …”

• b’tselem volunteer imad abu shamsia
• united nations special envoy nicolai mladinov (more…)

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