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Building walls

the bbc devotes about one-third of this programme about walls to the israeli security barrier, of course continually referring to it as a wall, and enabling one guest to say …
(Garett Carr, 0:21:23) “They want to see what the Israelis have built, because that’s a real bloody wall, good enough for Banksy to have to do the ones that he does with it, with the marvellous graffiti.”

this morning (monday 27th), 9.00-9,45am, on bbc radio 4
‘build that wall’: barriers and crossings (in the start the week series) (presented by kirsty wark)

Kirsty Wark explores what it means to live either side of a wall, and whether barriers are built to repel or protect. …
Israel has been building its own separation barrier since the turn of the century, but Dorit Rabinyan is more interested in psychological barriers that drive Palestinians and Israelis apart.”

including contributions from …
dorit rabinyan, author of all the rivers (gader chaya), a love story between a Jewish Israeli woman and a Palestinian man
• map-maker garrett carr
• historian tom holland (more…)

Religious identity

yesterday morning (tuesday 18th), 9.00-10.00am, on bbc radio 4
religious identity (1st of 4 episodes in the the reith lectures series) deals largely with jewish identity

Kwame Anthony Appiah explores the shifting sands of identity through creed, country, colour and culture, and considers the mistakes we make when we think of them as fixed.”

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David Rieff on the Holocaust

this morning (monday 14th), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4
the easter rising, 100 years on (presented by tom sutcliffe) (in the start the week series)

(at 0:33:54) “What about the classic instance of the duty of remembering the Holocaust. Would it be better if we forgot that?
David Rieff: “Well, first of all, with respect, eventually we’re going to. And second (I’m sorry again to bring in geologic time, but it is surely at least worth taking to some extent into account), and the second thing is, it seems to me, that memory is different as long as there are people alive or at least people alive who knew people who were alive, so that yes as long as there are survivors of the camps. of which there are a few, as long as there are the children of those people of which there are many, and grandchildren, fine But in a hundred years, in two hundred years? Yes I think it might be time to let it go. And even in terms of the memory of the Holocaust, it seems to me the memory of the Holocaust as it is deployed in Israel has been nothing but negative.”

including contribution from …
david rieff, author of in praise of forgetting (more…)

Saul Bellow

this morning (monday 1st), 9.02-9.25am, on bbc rado 4 (shortened repeat this evening, 9.30pm)
start the week (presented by andrew marr) leads with …

Saul Bellow was a Canadian-born Jewish boy brought up in Chicago on the wrong side of the tracks. By sheer intelligence and scary determination, he turned himself into one of the great modern novelists – some people would say, the greatest novelist of the past 50 or 60 years – who stands entirely unabashed alongside Dickens and Flaubert.
I’m joined by his new biographer Zacahary Leader to talk about a literary phenomenon.
But why didn’t we in Britain have our Bellows or Philip Roths or John Updikes? Linda Grant, a hugely successful Jewish novelist, is here to reflect on the differences between American and British Jewish experience in the twentieth century.”

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Karen Armstrong on War and Religion

tomorrow morning (monday 29th), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (shortened repeat at 9.30 in the  evening)
karen armstrong on war and religion (in the start the week series) (jewish or israeli content unknown)

Karen Armstrong argues against the notion that religion is the major cause of war. The former nun tells Tom Sutcliffe that faith is as likely to produce pacifists and peace-builders as medieval crusaders and modern-day jihadists.
But Justin Marozzi charts the violent history of Baghdad and asks what role religion had to play there.
The philosopher Christopher Coker (author of The Warrior Ethos: Military Culture and the War on Terror) explores how warfare dominates our history, and argues that war, like religion, is central to the human condition.”

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Irving Finkel: the Ark tablet

this morning (februrary 10th), 9.00-10.00am on bbc radio 4 (repeated this evening, 9.30pm)
start the week headlines with irving finkel (author of “the ark before noah“) on his deciphiring of the babylonian “ark tablet” (more…)

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