this evening (monday 20th), 9.06-9.18pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) leads with …
“Palestinians boycott US-led economic conference:
Palestinian officials say they won’t attend a US led conference in Bahrain aimed at bolstering the economies of the occupied West Bank and Gaza. The Palestinians say they won’t participate, and that nobody can negotiate on their behalf.”
this afternoon (monday 20th), 2.20-2.29pm, on bbc world service radio (partly repeated 10.18pm on the world tonight on bbc radio 4)
newshour (presented by razia iqbal) includes …
“Two separate developments suggest the landscape may be shifting. Last month, before winning the Israeli general election, the prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to annex parts of the occupied West Bank – in other words, make them fully part of the state of Israel. And there’s wide speculation that next month President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner may at last unveil his ‘deal of the century’ to chart a new way forward for the Israelis and Palestinians. So how’s all this playing out in Israel and the occupied territories?”
thisevening (tuesday 9th), 9.06-9.19pm, 9.36-9.44pm, and 9.50-9.54pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by tim franks) leads with …
“Two exit polls in Israel suggest that the Blue and White alliance, led by the former military chief Benny Gantz, is in the lead. They show the Likud party – led by the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu – in second place.”
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.”
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.”