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Witness: Yasser Arafat

last thursday morning (november 22nd), 8.50-8.59am, on bbc world service radio
leila shahid: the last days of yasser arafat (interviewed by louise hidalgo) (in the witness series)

“• Leila Shahid was the Palestinian ambassador to France in 2004, and was with Yasser Arafat during his final days.
French doctors treating him at the military hospital in France where he died said Arafat had an unidentified blood disorder and gave the cause of death as a stroke. Since then there have been allegations that he was poisoned.”


Newshour/6ocn: Uri Avnery dies

this afternoon (monday 20th), 2.44-2.48pm, on bbc world service radio, and 6.24-6.26pm, on bbc radio 4
newshour (presented by paul henley) and six o’clock news include …

“A peace campaigner, famous as one of the very first Israelis to advocate a Palestinian state, has died at the age of 94. Uri Avnery caused controversy by meeting and interviewing tha Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at the height of the 1982 war with Lebcanon.”

including contributions from …
• journalist and friend sarit yishai-levi
• bbc reporter tom bateman
(if you missed them, available from 0:38:15 to 0:42:30 at and from 0:24:15 to 0:26:15 at

Bowen on Arafat

[despite the bbc’s introduction, this programme is jeremy bowen’s one-sided summary of the life of yasser arafat]
this afternoon (thursday 15th), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4
guns and olive branches (14th of 15 episodes of the our man in the middle east series)

“BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen looks back over the life of Yasser Arafat.
Thousands of his supporters turned out when the Palestinian’s body was flown back into Ramallah on the West Bank. “Love him or hate him, he was Mr Palestine,” says Bowen. “In death as well as in life he was the symbol of the Palestinian people and their struggle for independence – much more than a politician.”
The Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s view was that Arafat was ‘a murderer and a pathological liar’.”


HARDtalk: Suha Arafat

this afternoon (friday 28th), 2.06-2.30pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107) (repeated – for no apparent reason – from january 2015 on bbc news television)
hardtalk: suha arafat

“In a special edition of HARDtalk, Zeinab Badawi is in Malta to speak to Suha Arafat – the widow of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Ten years after his death, Mrs Arafat gives a rare broadcast interview about their marriage, why she believes he was assassinated and why she has chosen to live in Malta and not amongst the Palestinian people who so revered her husband.”


HARDtalk: Suha Arafat

early tomorrow morning (tuesday 20th), 12.30-12.55am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80 or 130) (repeated from 4.30am today)
HARDtalk: suha arafat

“In a special edition of HARDtalk, Zeinab Badawi is in Malta to speak to Suha Arafat – the widow of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.”

(already available at…)

Media and the Middle East

tomorrow evening (saturday 13th), 8.00-8.50pm, on bbc radio 4
media and the middle east (in the archive on 4 series) presented by john lloyd

with contributions from …
Jon Snow
Jeremy Bowen
Martin Bell
David Cesarani
Daoud Khitab
Lisa Goldman
Anton Laguardia
Toby Green
Chris Doyle
“Topaz” (more…)

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