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Posts tagged ‘Manuel Hassassian’

PM: Richard Millett

this afternoon (saturday 25th), 5.02-5.03pm and 5.22-5.26pm, on bbc radio 4 (partly repeated 6.05pm on six o’clock news)
pm (presented by caroline wyatt) includes …

Richard Millett, a Jewish blogger who believes he was one of the Zionists Jeremy Corbyn said didn’t understand English irony, has described the Labour leader’s comments as ’deeply antisemitic and racist’.

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter tom barton


MN/Today: Corbyn defends irony

this morning (saturday 25th), 12.07-12.09am, and 7.12-7.15am, on bbc radio 4
midnight news and today (presented by kamal ahmed) include …

Jeremy Corbyn has defended comments he made about Briitsh Zionists five years ago, but says he’s more careful with his language now.”

including report from …
• bbc reporter tom barton

6ocn/Twt: McDonnell defends irony

yesterday evening (friday 24th), 6.07-6.10pm, and 10.03-10.04pm, on bbc radio 4
six o’clock news and the world tonight (presented by james coomarasamy) include …

“The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has said that Jeremy Corbyn’s commenta that British Zionists don’t understand English irony have been taken out of context. A number of Labour MPs have strongly criticised Mr Corbyn for the remarks, which he made at a Palestinian conference in 2013.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter jonathan blake
john mcdonnell mp

Today: Corbyn’s English irony

this morning (friday 24th), 8.43-8.46am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by kamal ahmed) includes …

“Could I just ask you finally about headlines in the papers today and yesterday, around a speech made by Jeremy Corbyn in 2017, where he was quoted as saying – this raises again the issues around anti-semitism in the Labour Party – where he says that ’Zionists in Britain don’t understand English irony’?“

including interview with …
john mcdonnell mp
(for video of original 2013 speech, see
(for daily mail article, see

Corbyn on irony

online only (speech by • jeremy corbyn, originally recorded 19th january 2013)

“[Manuel Hassassian’s speech] was dutifully recorded by the thankfully silent Zionists who were in the audience on that occasion, and then came up and berated him afterwards for what he’d said.
They clearly have two problems. One is they don’t want to study history, and secondly, having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, they don’t understand English irony either’.”

(see also
(the words ‘British’ or ‘Britain’ were not actually used: the daily mail and the bbc have very reasonably inferred them)
(irony, n.: saying something untrue or offensive, but claiming to mean the opposite)
(available at

W@1: Gaza violence

this afternoon (tuesday 15th), 1.01-1.02pm, and 1.07-1.18pm, on bbc radio 4
world at one (presented by sarah montague) includes …

Funerals are being held in Gaza for those killed in the most deadly violence in years. We speak to the United Nations about how they go about investigating the violence.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
• bbc reporter tom bateman
alistair burt mp
• palestinian ambassador manuel hassassian
rupert colville, unhcr spokesman

Today: 60 Gazans dead

this morning (tuesday 15th), 6.07-6.08am, 6.10-6.13am, 6.48-6.54am, 7.09-7.13am, 8.10-8.21am, and 8.38-8.42am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by martha kearney and nick robinson) includes …

”Palestinian officials say nearly 60 people died in Gaza yesterday, when Israeli forces opened fire as America opened its new embassy in Jerusalem. The White House has blamed the Palestinian group Hamas, describing what happened as a gruesome propaganda arttempt.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter tom bateman
• dr bilal yaseen an orgainser of the marh
• lt col jonathan conricus, idf spokesman
raj shah, white house deputy press secretary
• palestinian ambassador manuel hassassian
• bbc reporter jeremy bowen
• ambassador mark regev
hussein ibish, american task force on palestine (more…)

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