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Newshour: attacks in Sinai

this evening (thursday 2nd), 9.43-9.48pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes …

Wednesday’s attacks in Sinai by militants linked to ISIS have also created some alarm in neighbouring Israel.”

including contributions from …
benjamin netanyahu
• security analyst michael wahid hanna of the century foundation in new york (more…)

Not in God’s name

yesterday morning (sunday 21st), 7.31-7.38am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by edward stourton) includes …

“The term ‘altruistic evil‘ is used by Rabbi Lord Sacks to describe the appeal that IS propaganda has on some youngsters.
Edward Stourton speaks to him about his new book Not in God’s name, in which he argues for a return to mainstream religious virtues in the fight against extremism.”

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Newshour: ISIS in Gaza?

this afternoon (thursday 11th), 2.06-2.18pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james menendez) leads with …

Is the so-called Islamic State in Gaza and starting to fire rockets into Israel?”

with contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
• hamas deputy foreign minister ghazi hamad
benjamin netanyahu
• israeli journalist aaron singer
eran zinger, arab affairs commentator at israel radio
• idf spokesman lt-col peter lerner
• middle east analysis nathan thrall (more…)

Newshour extra: Middle East

tomorrow afternoon (monday 1st), 3.05-4.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107) (repeated from 8.05am last saturday)
borders, oil and power in the middle east (presented by owen bennett jones) (in the newshour extra series)

“The map of the Middle East, established after World War One almost 100 years ago, is crumbling. Islamic State militants now control large parts of Iraq and Syria including the border region that divides the two countries, and their territorial ambitions have not ended there.
Is Islamic State permanently re-drawing the map, or can the traditional regional powers retain their dominance? What are the consequences for the people who live within those borders and for control of the region’s vast mineral wealth?”

with …
fawaz gerges, professor of international relations at the lse
rosemary hollis
sari nusseibeh
avi shlaim
john hamilton, the london director of cross-border information.

(0:45:30 Avi Shlaim) “I don’t think that Israel/Palestine is a separate discrete conflict. It ‘s part of the whole of the Middle East set-up and it’s the most fundamental and lasting and enduring conflict in the region, and there can be no peace no stability and no security in the Middle East until the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is resolved.”
(0:46:20 Avi Shlaim) “I support and advocate a one-state solution, one state which is for all its citizens with equal rights for all its citizens …”

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Today: ISIS worse than Israel

this morning (thursday 13th), 8.10-8.16am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and sarah montague) claims, without a hint of sarcasm that …

“In an interview with Mishal Husain, a Hezbollah leader blamed IS for killing more Muslims than its long-time foe Israel.
Mohammed Fneish called for the conflict in Syria to be ended through dialogue rather than the use of force.
The interview is part of the BBC News Syria Days.”

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Today: future Middle East borders

this morning (thursday 13th), 6.46-6.51am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by sarah montague) includes (as part of the BBC News Syria Days) …

“Our Correspondent Kevin Connolly has been to the Druze village of Majd el Shams in the Golan Heights where a line of separation divides Syria from Israeli-occupied territory to see what the future looks like from there.”

including interviews with …

tal pelter of the pelter winery
• druze community leader tysea moray

“I see … a very big Arab country that will exist in this area”

• former head of mossad ephraim halevy from jerusalem

“… a dwindling Christian minority in Lebanon, with all that that means. We have to talk by the way about Lebanon and Syria together – I don’t think that Lebanon will either emerge in the end intact (although at the moment they still are formally a state, and performing as a state),”

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Menzies Cambell: ISIS caused by Israel

last tuesday lunchtime (7th october), 12.08-12.16pm, on bbc 2
daily politics: lib dem mp menzies campbell interviewed by andrew neil claims that israel/palestine is one of the principal causes of the rise of both ISIS and al qaeda, and on being rubbished by neil backs it up only by claiming it as the motivation for british women becoming “brides for jihadists”

“(Menzies Campbell, 0:13:38) “What are the causes of the rise of ISIS and Al Qaida? One of the principal causes is the fact of the continuing dispute between Israel and the Palestinians.”
 “What’s the evidence for that?”
“There’s plenty of evidence.”
 “ISIS never talks about Israel at all, it is entirely born out of events in Syria, and then the Sunni uprising, they never talk about Palestine.”
“If you’re trying to persuade 15-year old young women in Britain to go and offer themselves as brides for jihadists in Syria or Iraq one of the ways in which it’s done is to point to the oppression of the Arab people, in particular the oppression of the Palestinians, one of the ways in which it’s done is to point to the United States, and to point to the United Kingdom as well, and to say these are the former imperialists still trying to exercise influence.”
 “Even if you are right, you’re not going to solve the Israeli-Palestinian situation before Kobane falls, so you’re whistling in the wind.”
“No no, we’re not whistling in the wind, and what I say is, and what I’ll say later today, if I’m called in the debate [interrupted] we don’t have the luxury of long-term, there is an urgent issue and that issue has got to be resolved …”

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