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Nh: Tehran explosions

this afternoon (friday 10th), 2.06-2.15pm, on bbc world service radio 

newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) leads with …

“There have been a string of fires and explosions at sensitive locations in Iran recently. The site of the latest explosion in western Tehran has not yet been identified but there have been reported power cuts in the capital … Could Israel or someone else be responsible?”

including interviews with …

• journalist gambar naderi 

• bbc reporter jonathan marcus 


Nh: Annexation?

this afternoon (wednesday 1st), 2.41-2.48pm, on bbc world service radio 

newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

“The occupied West Bank, home to 2,500,000 Palestinians and 430,000 Israeli settlers, lies at the heart of divisions between Israel and the Palestinians. Now it seems the Israei leadership is divided over whether to press ahead with its annexation.”

including interview with …

yohanan plesner, president of israel democracy institute 


Nh: Netanyahu trial 2

this evening (sunday 24th), 9.14-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio 

newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

Israel’s longest-serving prime minister has become the first holder of that office to go on trial in a criminal case while still in power.”

including interview with …

• journalist anshel pfeffer 


Twtw/Nh: Netanyahu trial 1

this afternoon (sunday 24th), 1.03pm on bbc radio 4, and 1.36pm and 1.40-1.43pm on bbc world service radio 

the world this weekend (presented by mark mardell) and newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) include …

“Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is about to go on trial for corruption.”

including report from …

• bbc reporter tom bateman 


Twt: Coronavirus deaths

yesterday evening (wednesday 20th), 10.21-10.27pm, on bbc radio 4  

the world tonight (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

Britain’s Jewish community, which comprises around 0.5% of the population, just 264,000 people, has suffered a high death toll. Figures from the Board of Deputies of British Jews say that 458 Jews have lost their lives to the virus since the pandemic began.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter john mcmanus 

yanki rothschild, brother of downs syndrome coronavirus victim y y rothschild

mark williams, cemeteries manager, bushey new cemetery

• rabbi mark goldsmith, edgware and hendon reform synagogue 

yehudis fletcher, founder of nahamu 

levi schapiro, stamford hill, jewish community council

shloime steinberg, ezra umarpeh medical charity

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Nh/Twt: Coalition postponed

yesterday evening (thursday 14th), 9.25-9.29pm on bbc world service radio, and 10.37-10.41pm on bbc radio 4  

newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) and the world tonight (presented by razia iqbal) include …

Israel’s new unity government, led in the first instance at least by Benjamin Netanyahu, was due to be sworn in about an hour ago or so. But that ceremony has been postponed now until Sunday. So what’s going on?”

including two interviews with …

journalist noga tarnopolski


Nh: Coronavirus West Bank

this evening (wednesday 29th), 9.36-9.45pm (including repeat of 2.20-2.24pm), on bbc world service radio 

newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

“When the coronavirus first hit Israel and the Palestinian territories, the UN praised their cooperation in dealing with a common threat. However, as Palestinian workers in Israel have brought the virus back to the occupied West Bank, a political row has broken out that threatens to hit the economies on both sides, and undermine efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.”

including contributions from … 

• bbc reporter yolande knell

• major yotam shefer, head of international department, cogat

• palestinian worker muath balasmeh 

philippe lazzarini, commissioner-general, unrwa 

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Nh: Coronavirus tracking

this afternoon (sunday 29th), 1.47-1.48pm (repeated 9.47pm), on bbc world service radio 

newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

“And Israel has ordered its domestic security agency to track the mobile phone data of suspected coronavirus cases.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter krassi twigg 

• bbc reporter joel greenberg 


Twt/Nh: Coronavirus Gaza

yesterday evening (friday 13th), 10.23-10.28pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 1.20pm and 9.25pm saturday on newshour on bbc world service radio) 

the world tonight (presented by matthew bannister) includes …

“Among them is the Gaza strip, where more than two million people live in tightly packed conditions, and where the World Health Organisation believes that urgent global intervention would be necessary if cases of COVID-19 are recorded … There have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus so far in Gaza.”

including interview with … 

• bbc reporter tom bateman 


Twt: ICC to investigate

yesterday evening (friday 20th), 10.06-10.07pm (partly repeated 12.20am on midnight news), on bbc radio 4 

the world tonight (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

“The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor said she will launch a full investigation into alleged war crimes in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories at the earliest opportunity… charges might be filed against Israelis and Palestinians.”

including report from …

• bbc reporter alan johnston


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