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Shimon Tzabar

BBC bias: Presented and also produced by his own son, this very one-sided programme avoided saying (and nobody was asked) why there was such opposition to Tzabar.
It failed to point out that Tzabar wanted the West Bank Golan Heights and Sinai to be returned without any peace treaty, and despite the loss of thousands of Israeli lives to attacks launched from those territories.
Tzabar is described only as playful, profound, just a little bit annoying, a star of Ha’aretz, artist, and writer of five popular children’s books. NO mention of his Israel Communist Party membership, or his holocaust comparison.
No balancing view has been produced by the BBC since the original broadcast 3 months ago.
(for Tzabar’s writings, see his own website,

this morning (friday 5th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated from sunday 15th october)
my father’s israel (produced and presented by son, rami tzabar)

“How a bitter dispute over Israel’s future split a country and divided a family.
In June 1967, Israel had just won the Six Day War, defeating the armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria, and occupying much new territory. Israelis sensed a transformation in their country’s destiny. Most were euphoric. A few were fearful.
Two declarations drawn up in neighbouring Tel Aviv cafes and published on the same day symbolised this bitter divide.
One, now seen as hugely significant in shaping Israeli history, declared that ‘The Land of Israel is now in the hands of the Jewish people’. It was signed by more than fifty members of the country’s leading cultural and political elites. It encouraged the wave of settlements that would arise in the territories which Israel had recently occupied.
The other declaration, concocted by two friends over an espresso, warned that the Israeli victory was a ‘fateful’ moment, and that holding onto occupied territories ‘will make us a nation of murderers and murdered’. It was signed by just 12 people.
These heretical views, published in a leading daily newspaper, prompted intense criticism and its signatories were called traitors to the Zionist cause.
Some received threats of violence, amongst them Shimon Tzabar, who was one of the authors.
His son Rami Tzabar explores what this moment of dramatic change meant for Israel, and for his family. He travels to Tel Aviv and talks to those involved in making the two declarations, as they recall the extraordinary atmosphere surrounding them.
This is also a personal story, as Rami discovers the consequences of his father’s passionate actions. After ostracism in Israel, his father went into exile in London (where Rami was born), and continued his campaigns with weapons of art, satire and unshakeable faith in his cause. The cost for the family was high.
Arguments still rage today about Israel’s actions and destiny – an argument within Israeli society, within the international community and among individuals. This programme reveals, in one dramatic story, the roots of that argument, and how it reverberated so strongly across a family’s life.”
(if you miss it, available at

Witness: Nabih El Suhaimat

this morning (thursday 8th), 8.50-8.59am, on bbc world service radio (repeated in the history hour on sunday evening)
nabih el suhaimat (interviewed by zeinab dabaa) (in the witness series)

The Six Day War – A Jordanian View:
In 1967 East Jerusalem was under the control of Jordan, and Captain Nabih El Suhaimat was stationed there.
In early June he and his soldiers fought in vain against Israeli paratroopers. But they lost control of the Old City and he was forced to flee Jerusalem in disguise.”


Witness: Arik Achmon

yesterday morning (wednesday 7th), 8.50-8.59am, on bbc world service radio (repeated in the history hour on sunday evening)
arik achmon (interviewed by louise hidalgo) (in the witness series)

The Six Day War – An Israeli View:
On 7 June 1967, Israel captured the whole of Jerusalem during the Six Day War, including its most holy site, the Temple Mount that is revered by both Jews and Muslims.
Arik Achmon was one of the first Israeli paratroopers to enter the old city that day and reach the Western Wall.”


Hugh Sykes on Jerusalem

BBC bias: The BBC implies that the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem have no vote.
this afternoon (thursday 8th), 1.14-1.21pm, on bbc radio 4
world at one (presented by mark mardell) includes …

Hugh Sykes reports from Jerusalem.”
“This is a binational city, and in this binational city, one national collective has all the power, and the other is politically disempowered.

including contributions from …
• lawyer daniel seidemann
• jerusalem post reporter amotz asa-el
(if you missed it, available from 0:14:30 to 0:21:30 at

Today: Six-Day War

the bbc presents the six day war as a war of aggression, based on israeli belief that it would be invaded
this morning (thursday 8th), 6.48-6.53am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by sarah montague) includes …

“This week, from 5th June, this week it marks 50 years since Israel launched an overwhelming strike against three of its neighbours, Egypt Syria and Jordan. It believed those countries were planning an invasion.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter tom bateman
• author meir shalev
• former jordanian pilot, now general, mahmoud erdisat
fatima khadir of east jerusalem
• former israeli solder, now rabbi, yoel bin-nun
(see also


Newshour: nuclear last resort

this evening (monday 5th), 9.24-9.29pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

“On the fiftieth anniversary of the Six Day War, which transformed Israel’s place in the Middle East, a historian says he has evidence that Israel had planned a last resort tactic, the explosion of a nuclear device.”

including interview with …
• historian avner cohen (more…)

Naksa Day

this afternoon (friday 1st), 12.33-12.41pm (repeated 6.33pm), on bbc world service radio
the fifth floor (presented by david amano) includes …

Egypt’s Naksa Day:
Next Monday is the 50th anniversary of Naksa day, or Day of the Setback.
The “setback” for Egypt was their crushing defeat by Israel in the Six Day War.
BBC Arabic reporter in Cairo, Sally Nabil, tells us how the day is viewed there now.”


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