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Posts tagged ‘Saeb Erekat’

SP: Gaza violence

yesterday morning (sunday 20th), 11.27-11.38am, on bbc 1 tv
sunday politics (presented by sarah smith) includes an interview with …
• ambassador mark regev
saeb erekat

“Protests flared on the Gaza border, where at least 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces.”



Newsroom: Security Council

this morning (saturday 24th), 11.00-11.05am, on bbc world service radio
the newsroom (presented by alex ritson) leads with …

Israel’s prime minister denounces UN vote on settlement building.”

including contributions from …
* bbc correspondent yolande knell (more…)

Today: Security Council

this morning (saturday 24th), 6.01-6.04, 6.12-6.15, and 7.10-7.15am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and john humphrys) leads with …

The United States has allowed the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, breaking with long standing American practice by withholding its veto, in an apparent rebuke of Israeli policy.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter barbara plett-usher
• bbc reporter yolande knell
saeb erekat
danny danon
• former us assistant secretary of state for public affairs p j crowley (more…)

Newshour: Obama abstains

yesterday evening (friday 23rd), 9.07-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by owen bennett jones) leads with …

“For the first time in many years, the United Nations has passed a resolution condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory.
The United States abstained on this motion – according to past practice, it would have vetoed it. “

including contributions from …
• us ambassador samantha power
• israeli ambassador danny danon
• bbc reporter barbara plett-usher
• chief palestinian negotiator saeb erekat
• former us special envoy dennis ross
(if you missed it, available from 0:01:00 to 0:13:00 at (more…)

HARDtalk: Saeb Erekat

yesterday evening, 8.30-8.55pm, on bbc news 24 tv (also on bbc world service radio yesterday morning, 3.06am)
HARDtalk: saeb erekat

Stephen Sackur speaks to veteran Palestinian negotiator and secretary general of the PLO Saeb Erekat.
Why are so many mostly young Palestinians intent on killing Israeli Jews with whatever weapons they can lay their hands on? The Israeli Government blames the surge in violence on hate fuelled incitement sanctioned by the Palestinian authorities. The Palestinians say it is a response to the intolerable conditions of occupation.
Is a new wave of extremism sweeping the West Bank and Gaza?


Newshour: Ziad Abu Ein

yesterday evening (thursday 11th), 9.50-9.52pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

“Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein buried”

with interviews with …
• bbc reporter yolande knell from ramallah
• dr hen kugel, present at the autopsy
saeb erekat
(if you missed it, available from 0:45:00 to 0:47:20 at or
for video of ziad abu ayin waiting for the ambulance, see…

HARDtalk: Saeb Erekat

yesterday morning (wednesday 19th), 12.30-1.00am on bbc news tv:
stephen sackur interviews veteran palestinian negotiator saeb erekat (in the hardtalk series)

“What must it be like to have been at the centre of the seemingly endless and fruitless quest for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal for more than two decades? And is there any reason for expectations to rise as US Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to publish his own outline for a deal?
Are we approaching a defining moment or a dead end?”

includes (09:25) saeb erekat‘s extraordinary claim that palestinians are descended from the canaanites and the *natufians (and not from the ishmaelites) …

“My narrative is that I’m the son of Jericho, I’m the proud son of Jericho: my home town this year is ten thousand years old.
The *Natufians built this town, I’m their ancestor [descendant], I’m their grandchild. I’m the grandchild of the Canaanites, it’s my narrative, it’s my story, it’s my history, it’s my religion.
I was here thousands of year before Joshua ben Nun came and burnt my home town town Jericho. So why should I say Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people?”

(if you missed it, available at…)
(* wikipedia: “The Natufian culture was an Epipaleolithic culture that existed from 13,000 to 9,800 B.C. in the Levant, a region in the Eastern Mediterranean.”)

a comprehensive review of erekat‘s “palestinian narrative” can be read at, including …

The imaginary link between the Canaanites and the Palestinians as supposed proof of a stronger, more legitimate Palestinian claim to the land has been inculcated in classrooms by way of PA-issued textbooks. Ido Mizrahi, a government official in the Strategic Affairs Ministry who has investigated Palestinian incitement, found that children from second grade until high school in the West Bank and Gaza are taught that the Canaanites were Arabs.
“The Canaanite Arabs were the first to live in Palestine,” reads a second-grade textbook in the Palestinian school system. The goal of the lesson is clearly stated. “It is for the student to create a linkage between the land of Palestine and the Canaanite people that lived there.”
In an educational textbook used by seventh grade students, children are taught that “the Canaanite Palestinians are those who invented the ancient alphabet“.

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