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Newshour: leaving Haredi

yesterday evening (monday 14th), 9.47-9.43pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

”Imagine a world without internet, without ever seeing the news, where you’re discouraged from speaking your home country’s language, and where you are expected to dedicate your whole life to religious study. For many Haredi Jews living in the United Kingdom, that life is their reality.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter alice porter
• former haredi izzy posen
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H&S: Marriage in Israel

this afternoon (sunday 13th), 12.06-12.59pm, on bbc world service radio (repeated from 7.06pm saturday)
marriage in israel (3rd of 4 episodes in the heart and soul gathering series) (discussion programme, chaired by tim franks)
with panel …
• rabbi yitzchok elefant, chief rabbi of dimona
• dr susan weiss founder of centre for women’s justice
• dr elana heideman, executive director of israel forever foundation
• rabbi chuck davidson
and contributions from …
kylie eisman-lifschitz of agunah organisation mavoi satum
• agunah ella ben-emanuel
stephanie kramer, convert at age 3

Should the Rabbinate should be stripped of its monopoly, or do the current rules protect the identity and values of the Jewish faith?
Many young Jewish people living in Israel feel religion has too big an influence over their private lives. Numerous aspects of life are governed by a council made up of orthodox rabbis called the Rabbinate. They decide who is and isn’t Jewish and by extension who can and can’t marry.
Supporters of the organisation say this helps preserve Jewish identity.
Critics say it means thousands of people who are not deemed ‘Jewish enough’ can’t marry each other, forcing couples to leave the country to have a ceremony that will be recognised by the authorities when they return home.
The religious monopoly on marriage also means Jews cannot marry non-Jews and as the council of orthodox rabbis rule on divorce for every married couple in Israel, many say this disadvantages women.”

(if you missed it, available at

Newshour: Netherlands railway

this evening (wednesday 28th), 9.36-9.42pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

The Netherlands’ state-run rail company has agreed to compensate Holocaust survivors and their relatives for transporting Jews to a Nazi transit camp.”

including interview with …
• professor liesbeth zegfveld, human rights lawyer

Newshour: Gaza ceasefire?

this evening (tuesday 13th), 9.06-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by tim franks) leads with …

Hamas says it’s agreed to a ceasefire in its hostilities with Israel. Israel says it reserves the right to strike inside Gaza. But how to stop the violence for good?”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
• dr adnan al-wahedi, gaza city
einav shimoni, border resident
• civil engineer majd masharawi
sigal ariely, ashkelon
ilan goldenberg, director, middle east security program, centre for a new american security

Newshour: Gaza raid

today (monday 12th), 2.06-2.15pm, 9.07-9.19pm, and 9.55-9.59pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by razia iqbal and tim franks) leads with …

”On Sunday, a covert Israeli operation in the Gaza strip resulted in the deaths of 7 Palestinians, including one Hamas commander, and one Israeli soldier, a lieutenant-colonel. The subsequent firing of rockets into Israel from Gaza threatens to upend a fragile and unofficial ceasefire between Israel and Hamas since March.”

including contributions from …
• eyewitness abu amouna
• hamas spokesman ghazi hamad
michael oren mk
• oxfam employee najla shawa
• journalist anshel pfeffer
• bbc reporter tom bateman

Newshour: Trump in Pittsburgh

this evening (tuesday 30th), 9.06-9.18pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by tim franks) leads with …

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit Pittsburgh following the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. While some welcome the visit, other Jewish groups have said that Mr Trump would not be welcome.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter jane obrien
• rabbi yossi rosenblum
• rabbi mark asher goodman


Newshour: Pittsburgh massacre

this evening (monday 29th), 9.06-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by tim franks) leads with …

“Pittsburgh Shooting Survivor: ‘The killer was shooting with rapid fire’.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter jane obrien
• resident chris keppler
jeremy pappas, anti-defamation league
• holocaust survivor judah samet

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