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6ocn/Newshour/Twt: PLO mission closed

yesterday evening (monday 10th), 6.18-6.20pm, and 10.12-10.17pm, on bbc radio 4, and 9.51-9.59pm on bbc world service radio
six o’clock news, newshour (presented by julian marshall), and the world tonight (presented by ritula shah) include …

”The United States has confirmed that it has ordered the closure of the PLO’s mission office in Washington, The State Department said that the PLO wasn’t supporting peace talks with Israel, and had refused to engage with the US over peace efforts.”
including contributions from …
• bbc reporter barbara plett-usher
hanan ashrawi
• dr jonathan schanzer of the foundation for defence of democracies
(more…)

Newsnight: Corbyn memorial

this evening (tuesday 14th), 10.32-10.47pm, on bbc 2 tv
newsnight (presented by evan davis) leads with …

“Many say it’s time to move on from the topic of the leader of the oppposition laying a wreath at a cemetery in Tunis. But it is hard to do so when there is so much confusion about a quite simple matter, that for many is not a degree of pedantry but is hugely important. Noone disputes Mr Corbyn was in Tunis in 2014 for an event that was timed to commemorate an Israeli bombing of the PLO headquarters there in 1985. That is all straightforward. But did he lay a wreath while there, his answer now is yes, did he lay it in memory of those who were involved in the Munich massacre? No. So that’s his account. But the one problem is that the account appears to have changed. And also a photo suggests a wreath went on the graves of 4 senior Palestinians linked to Black September, the group behind Munich. Are we confused, is he confused, or trying to cover up for long-held views that now seem embarassing?

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter chris cook
chris williamson mp
(more…)

Witness: Shlomo Argov

this afternoon (tuesday 5th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio
the assassination attempt that sparked a middle east war (presented by simon watts) (in the witness series)

“In June 1982, the Israeli ambassador to the UK, Shlomo Argov, was shot and critically injured by a Palestinian gunman outside the Dorchester Hotel in London. The attack was the trigger for the start of the devastating war in Lebanon just days later. Simon Watts talks to Shlomo Argov’s son, Gideon Argov.”

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Weekend: US embassy tomorrow

this morning (sunday 13th), 7.11-7.22am, on bbc world service radio
weekend (presented by julian worricker) leads with …

“Tomorrow, the United States will officially open its embassy in Jerusalem, following the controversial decision by President Trump to relocate it from Tel Aviv.”

including contributions from …
• historian simon sebag-montefiore
gil hoffman of jerusalem post
azza el hassan, producer of plo compilation kings and extras

(if you missed it, available from 0:04:40 to 0:16:20 at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w172w71qjbbt6mw#playt=4m38s)

Bowen on Arafat

[despite the bbc’s introduction, this programme is jeremy bowen’s one-sided summary of the life of yasser arafat]
this afternoon (thursday 15th), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4
guns and olive branches (14th of 15 episodes of the our man in the middle east series)

“BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen looks back over the life of Yasser Arafat.
Thousands of his supporters turned out when the Palestinian’s body was flown back into Ramallah on the West Bank. “Love him or hate him, he was Mr Palestine,” says Bowen. “In death as well as in life he was the symbol of the Palestinian people and their struggle for independence – much more than a politician.”
The Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s view was that Arafat was ‘a murderer and a pathological liar’.”

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Media and the Middle East

tomorrow evening (saturday 13th), 8.00-8.50pm, on bbc radio 4
media and the middle east (in the archive on 4 series) presented by john lloyd

with contributions from …
Jon Snow
Jeremy Bowen
Martin Bell
David Cesarani
Daoud Khitab
Lisa Goldman
Anton Laguardia
Toby Green
Chris Doyle
“Topaz” (more…)

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