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Posts tagged ‘UNRWA’

Nh: Coronavirus West Bank

this evening (wednesday 29th), 9.36-9.45pm (including repeat of 2.20-2.24pm), on bbc world service radio 

newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

“When the coronavirus first hit Israel and the Palestinian territories, the UN praised their cooperation in dealing with a common threat. However, as Palestinian workers in Israel have brought the virus back to the occupied West Bank, a political row has broken out that threatens to hit the economies on both sides, and undermine efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.”

including contributions from … 

• bbc reporter yolande knell

• major yotam shefer, head of international department, cogat

• palestinian worker muath balasmeh 

philippe lazzarini, commissioner-general, unrwa 

(see also https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-52470718)

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Today: Live from Gaza

this morning (monday 17th), 6.09-6.24am, 6.36-6.40am, 6.48-6.57am, 7.09-7.26am, 7.34-7.44am, 8.06-8.07am, 8.10-8.23am, 8.40-8.51am, and 8.56-9.00am, on bbc radio 4 (partly repeated in life in gaza online in the best of today series)
today (presented by mishal husain from gaza) leads with …

We’re broadcasting from Gaza this morning, having been live from Jerusalem in May this year.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter mishal husain
• bbc business reporter darshini david
• bbc reporter yolande knell
• bbc reporter tom bateman
marina wes, world bank, country director for west bank and gaza
wafa ulliyan, director of gaza sky geeks
donia hassona of gaza sky geeks
• historian rima tarazi
• journalist stephen farrell reuters jerusalem bureau chief, author of hamas the isalmic resistance movement
• journalist donald mcintyre, author of gaza: preparing for dawn
matthias schmale, head of gaza operations, unrwa
robert tchaidze, international monetary fund resident representative, west bank and gaza
• sderot residents ori. 22, • yael, 16, • ofri, 16, • yael, 16, • shirley, 23, • erez, 18, • balsuissa, 17, and • talia, 17
iman abu yassin and husband • theatre director ali abu yassin
• pianist yara thabit, 18
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Newshour: Bourj el-Barajneh

this evening (tuesday 9th), 9.51-9.56pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

What can Palestinian refugees expect from Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’? An estimated half a million of them live in refugee camps in Lebanon.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter paul adams
claudio cordone, director of unrwa in lebanon
• professor sari hanafi, american university of beirut
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Labour conference: Israel

last tuesday afternoon (25th september), 2.48-3.02pm, 3.39-3.42pm, 3.55-3.58pm, 4.09-4.12pm, 4.27-4.31pm, 4.49-4.42pm, 4.55-4.59pm, and 5.05-5.08pm, on bbc parliament tv
labour party conference: live afternoon session 25/9/2018 includes …

Contemporary composite 9: Palestine (demanding an independent international investigation into the “use of force against Palestinian demonstrators”, a freeze on UK arms sales to Israel and an end to the “blockade and closure” of Gaza)

including speeches by …
colin monehen, harlow momentum
zahid ali, wolverhampton
sarah jane potter, stevenage, councillor
mansoor ayub, wycombe
hilary wise, centre for palestine studies, soas
ali ahmed, cardiff
claire lees, liverpool momentum, ken livingstone supporter
steve lapsley, derby, jewish labour movement
jess finn, north-east herts
(conference procedure made a balanced debate impossible: the chair, before calling each speaker, did not even know which of four ‘composites’ – including brexit, paestine, and windrush – they intended to speak on, let alone on which side)
(as the jewish news commented: “No speaker referred to Hamas, terrorism or made any demands of the Palestinian leadership during the debate.”)
(if you missed it, available from 0:33:23 to 0:47:00, from 1:23:58 to 1:26:40. from 1:40:24 to 1:43:10. from 1:53:45 to 1:57:10. from 2:11:50 to 2:15:50. from 2:34:03 to 2:37:15. from 2:39:44 to 2:43:45. and from 2:49:40 to 2:53:05. at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0blm0dr/labour-party-conference-2018-25092018-live-afternoon-session)

Sunday: defunding UNRWA

this morning (sunday 23rd), 7.29-7.38am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by edward stourton) leads with …

Where politics and morality clash – A group of charities have declared they are trying to plug the funding gap left by the decision to withdraw US support for UNRWA.”

including discussion with …
nigel varndell of embrace the middle east
sarah elliott of republicans overseas uk
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Newshour/PM: USA defunds UNRWA

this afternoon (saturday 1st), 1.36-1.49pm and 9.14-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio, and 5.02-5.03pm and 5.09-5.14pm, on bbc radio 4
newshour (presented by tim franks and lyse doucet) and pm (presented by luke jones) include …

Palestinian leaders have condemned the US decision to stop funding UNRWA, the UN agency that helps Palestinian refugees.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
chris gunness of unrwa
• dr jonathan schanzer of the foundation for defence of democracies
• colonel grisha yakubovich, former head of cogat

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Today: USA defunds UNRWA

this morning (saturday 1st), 6.02-6.04am (repeated 7.02am), and 6.12-6.14am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and nick robinson) includes …

The United States has ended its funding of UNRWA, the UN agency that supports more that 5 million Palestinian refugees. It said the UNRWA was irredeemably flawed. Palestinian officials have condemned the decision as a flagrant assault on their people.”

including contribution from …
• bbc reporter chris buckler
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Newshour: UNRWA cuts

this afternoon (thursday 30th), 2.07-2.18pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by julian marshall) leads with …

Jordan FM: UNRWA Cuts Could Threaten Middle East Peace. Jordan’s foreign minister Ayman Safadi has warned that cuts to the funding of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, could be ’extremely destabilising’. He was reacting to reports that the United States had decided to cut all funding it gives to UNRWA. The US had already announced a big reduction of contributions earlier this year.”

including contributons from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
• jordanian foreign minister ayman safadi
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Today: Gaza airstrike

this morning (monday 16th), 7.34-7.42am, and 8.50-8.54am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and john humphrys) includes …

Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in an attack by Israel at the weekend on Gaza. They were pupils at a school run by UNRWA. It’s been described as the worst exchange of hostilities between the two sides since the war in 2014.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter tom bateman
• unrwa spokesman chris gunness
• former idf spokesman lt-col peter lerner
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Newshour: BBC promotes UNRWA-USA

BBC bias: The BBC presents a completely one-sided report on political organisation UNRWA-USA:
i] the report presents a small response to a political organisation as a USA-wide grass-roots funding and opposition to USA policy
ii] the report supports the view that humanitarian aid to refugees should not depend on politics, even though most of UNRWA’s aid to Palestinians is solely dependent on politics, since in no other situation is UN aid given to children or grandchidren of refugees
iii] the whole report is presented as relevant solely on the hook of a UN Security Council debate on Gaza that has nothing to do with UNRWA or refugees

this afternoon (wednesday 13th), 2.44-2.49pm (repeated 9.49pm), on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by james menendez) includes …

”Years of conflict have left Gaza in ruins. Infrastructure’s crumbling, the economy’s paralysed, and basic supplies such as electricity are in crisis. Despite this, the United States has cut off vital funding to the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA. But, as Nada Tawfik reports, across the US, American citizens are now filling the void.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter nada tawfik
peter mulrean, director of the unrwa representative office in new york
abby smardon, executive director of political charity unrwa-usa
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