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HL: Anti-semitism 13/9/2018

yesterday evening (thursday 13th), 9.45-10.49pm (repeated 1.47am), on bbc parliament tv
house of lords 13/9/2018 includes …

Anti-Semitism Debate: ”what actions they are taking to reassure the Jewish community over the impact of anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom?”

speeches by baron or baroness …
Popat (C)
Mendelsohn (Lab)
Palmer (LD)
Sacks (XB)
Hunt (C)
Alton (XB)
Bishop of Birmingham
Sugar (XB)
Pickles (C)
Deech (XB)
Haskel (Lab)
Harries (XB)
Altmann (C)
Hayman (XB)
McColl (C)
Parekh (Lab)
Russell (XB)
Sterling (C)
Pannick (XB)
Beecham (Lab)
Bourne (C)

(transcript at
(if you missed it, available from 4:15:28 to 5:18:40 at )


TIP: Anti-semitism HL 13/9/2018

yesterday evening (thursday 13th), 11.45-11.48pm, on bbc radio 4
today in parliament (presented by susan hulme) includes …

“The former chief rabbi Lord Sacks has said he never expected to see anti-semitism become dangerous in the UK in his lifetime, but that he felt that he could not stay silent. Lord Sacks was speaking in a Lords debate in which the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn himself came in for stinging criticism from across the House.”
(Sacks) “Anti-Semitism, or any hate, becomes dangerous when three things happen. First, when it moves from the fringes of politics to a mainstream party and its leadership. Secondly, when the party sees that its popularity with the general public is not harmed thereby. Thirdly, when those who stand up and protest are vilified and abused for doing so. All three factors exist in Britain now. I never thought I would see this in my lifetime. That is why I cannot stay silent. For it is not only Jews who are at risk—so too is our humanity.”


PL: Labour anti-semitism

this afternoon (monday 3rd), 12.37-12.45pm, on bbc 2 tv
politics live (first episode) (female discussion programme, chaired by jo coburn, with • emily thornberry mp, • amber rudd mp, • journalist anushka asthana, and • journalist camilla tominey) includes …

Decision time for Labour over anti-semitism?


Morality in the 21st Century

every morning this week (monday 3rd to friday 7th), 9.00-9.45pm, on bbc radio 4 (shortened repeat at 9.30pm)
morality in the 21st century (presented by rabbi lord jonathan sacks) (5 episodes)

“Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks to some of the world’s leading thinkers about morality, together with voices from the next generation: groups of British 6th form students.
1. Responsibility
2. The ‘Selfie Generation’
3. Is Society a Myth?
4. Artificial Intelligence
5. Moral Heroes

6ocn: Gordon Brown speaks

this evening (sunday 2nd), 6.00-6.05am, on bbc radio 4
six o’clock news leads with …

Gordon Brown has warned Jeremy Corbyn that the soul of the Labour party is at stake in the row over anti-semitism.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter ian watson
gordon brown
jon lansman of momentum
margaret hodge mp
john mcdonnell mp

AM: Labour anti-semitism

this morning (sunday 2nd), 10.09-10.16am, and 10.27-10.45am, on bbc 1 tv
the andrew marr show includes discussion with …
faiza shaheen, director of the think tank class
• talkradio presenter julia hartley-brewer
• bbc presenter jo coburn
and includes interviews with …
• former chief rabbi lord sacks
john mcdonnell mp

Lord Sacks, you’ve called him an anti-semite, which the Labour Party says is absurd. Is it not at least a wild hyperbole to call him that?”


Sunday: Sacks on Corbyn

this morning (sunday 2nd), 7.45-7.53am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by edward stourton) concludes with interview with …
• former chief rabbi lord sacks

“Just like the Powell speech, it identified a group of British citizens and said, in effect, they’re not really part of us, they’re an alien element, and that is classic anti-semitism. … The fact is, anti-semitism has returned to mainland Europe, Jews have been murdered in Paris, in Toulouse, in Marseilles, simply for being Jews. When a public figure issues an utterance that has echoes of that anti-semitism, and is in effect opening the door, letting the demons out, then that becomes very very dangerous. And of course there’s a big difference between Enoch Powell and Jeremy Corbyn: there was never the slightest possibility that Enoch Powell would ever become Prime Minister, but Jeremy Corbyn is leader of Her Majesty’s opposition, and might become Prime Minister. Let me tell you vast numbers of British Jews are very disturbed and anxious about that.”


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