I took part in Radio 4's Sunday programme this morning. To say I was flabbergasted by the report on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is an understatement. Nick Cohen heard the show and here's his take - with which, needless to say, I agree completely.
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 20:54
As so often it is what the BBC leaves out that shows its bias - not what it puts in
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 22:20
In my humble opinion, the best presentation at Limmud was by Simcha Jacobovici - a film maker. It was called Israel and the Media. He told us about his personal experiences working with the BBC. Absolutely chilling.
The video link to this talk is below. It's long - about 45 minutes - but worth watching all the way through, although you can skip the first 4.5 minutes of people settling down.
jose (not verified)
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 22:31
The video is too slow to view from Israel despite my high-speed link. Better if you explain what's in it, Kahina.
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 22:42
Actually, Kahina, the best presentation was Raphael Zarum on what he called premature evacuation.
It can be seen here
Also, Clive Lawton's series of lectures on Unresolvable Problems were very entertaining.
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 22:46
ok Jose, it'll take time. I'll post it as a seperate blog in the next few days.
Hope I can do justice to Simcha's experience.
What happened to him is the biggest media scandal I've ever heard.
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 22:48
Joe, were you at Simcha's presentation on Monday night?
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 22:50
No, Kahina, sorry, I got back from Israel only late on Monday and drove up to Limmud very early on Tuesday for a day. I've been trying to catch up on the streams over the weekend.
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 22:56
Kahina, what did Simcha speak about?
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 23:07
He spoke about media bias at the BBC. His own experience about filming and producing a film called The Struma.
How they tried to force him to remove a 2 second shot within the film. I'm trying to find some more info that explains what happened to him.
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 23:10
Going back to this morning, Edward Stourton did not 'get' Islamism and it seems never will. Like so many in the BBC, he gives every impression of being in denial.
I am sure he - and all the others - are simply acting, how can they be ignorant of what is under their nose.
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 23:15
The problem was Simcha is that he has a bit of history. Not on the Israel issue, but he was called out on his film about "The Lost Tomb of Jesus"," where he defended the alleged ossuary which turned out to be a fake.
Geza Vermes, the scholar of the era, said his findings were not only "unconvincing but insignificant".
Sorry, that should have read "the problem with Simcha..."
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 23:21
Joe, if you can, watch that video and comment afterwards. It's not about the film, it's about what the BBC requested with the editing beforehand.
The topic is BBC bias, not the content of his films (which I haven't seen).
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 23:22
OK, I'll try and find time for it Kahina. Have we met, by the way?
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 23:26
Don't think so Joe, do you think we've met?
Mon, 01/03/2011 - 00:11
Probably not, Kahina. To be honest, when I go to Limmud, I try and limit the amount of Israeli related stuff, since everyone seems so entrenched in their views that it is hard to hear any thing beyond white noise. It doesn't make for a rational debate.
I tend to go to the Jewish events, rather than the Israel related ones. Much more entertaining and enlightening.
zair (not verified)
Tue, 01/04/2011 - 12:18
Banging the drum to war at every opportunity.
Tue, 01/04/2011 - 12:32
Huh? Did you wake up or are you still nightmaring during the day. Hope you didn't wet your bed!
Tue, 01/04/2011 - 18:57
"Here is my first prediction for 2011. Radio 4 will not invite Mr Pollard back for a very long time."
If Mr Pollard got somewhat over excited maybe next time thet will invite Jonathan to introduce an element of calm reflection into the proceedings ?
Tue, 01/04/2011 - 19:08
Definitely your nightmares are not over, Wheelchair.
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