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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 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04knm8z#playt=1m5s) (more…)

Newshour: Ban Ki-moon

yesterday evening (tuesday 26th), 9.25-9.29pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes a discussion between tim franks and bbc reporter nick bryant, commencing …

Ban Ki-moon‘s comments have been making the headlines. In this discussion, in this debate, on the situation in the Middle East, he condemned recent stabbings and vehicle attacks and shootings by Palestinians targetting Israeli civilians, but he reserved his strongest words of criticism for Israel itself. He said that ‘the Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of half a century of occupation, as he put it, and the paralysis of the peace process’. He said, ‘Some have taken me to task for pointing this out. but it’s an indisputable truth.’ He went on, ‘As oppresssed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.’ And added to those comments he called for a freeze on Israel’s settlement activity.”

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