MEMO 333

December 21, 2012

MEMO 333 A weekly overview of information of interest to minority ethnic communities in Scotland, including parliamentary activity at Holyrood and Westminster, new publications, consultations, forthcoming conferences and news reports.



Fri, 12/21/2012 - 18:14

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the jc used to have a column giving us a heads-up of tv and radio programmes of jewish interest: let's try to re-start the idea …


curiously, not much jewish material this pre-christmas weekend

all i can find is the simpsons treehouse of horror xvii

  • the episode where bart creates a golem!
  • sunday at 1.30pm on channel 4


    Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:48

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    may everyone be visited this season by the

    three wise fish

    bearing their traditional gifts of …




    m i r t h

    a merry fishmas to everyone!


    Fri, 12/28/2012 - 17:28

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    JBBC MEMO 11

    tonight (friday) at 11.05pm on channel 4 …
    friday night dinner: "it's christmas day"

    Mum has made a fantastic meal, the boys are delighted grandma is joining them but horrified that 'Horrible Grandma' is also coming. And Jim turns up as Father Christmas.

    (repeat of monday's programme)


    Thu, 01/03/2013 - 18:17

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    JBBC MEMO 12

    tonight (thursday), a film followed by a documentary, on bbc4 tv (channel 9 freeview) …

    9.00-11.05pm Defiance (2008), starring Daniel Craig (see

    Four Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.

    11.05pm-00.05am Death Camp Treblinka: Survivor Stories:

    Documentary about Samuel Willenberg and Kalman Taigman, two slave labourers who escaped from Treblinka during a dramatic revolt in August 1943. Contains upsetting scenes


    Fri, 01/04/2013 - 11:31

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    from today …

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    Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 2 time(s) over the past 90 days.

    What happened when Google visited this site?
    etc …

    … this warning does not appear to apply to any part of other than the arts section


    Mon, 01/07/2013 - 09:36

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    JBBC MEMO 13

    tomorrow (saturday), on channel 4 tv …

    10.00pm-1.00am "Inglourious Basterds" (2009), starring Brad Pitt:

    Quentin Tarantino's history-tweaking homage to the war movie sees Brad Pitt's squad of Jewish American soldiers go Nazi hunting in Occupied France. Strong language/bloody violence.
    In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

    EDIT: well, that was a waste of time …

    i've never seen anything so ridiculous


    Mon, 01/07/2013 - 17:50

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    JBBC MEMO 14

    tonight/tomorrow morning (monday night/tuesday morning), on channel 4 tv …

    2.05am-3.30am "The Promise" (2011), first episode of four, written and directed by Peter Kosminsky

    from …

    Writing in The Independent, novelist Howard Jacobson said that in The Promise "Just about every Palestinian was sympathetic to look at, just about every Jew was not. While most Palestinians might fairly be depicted as living in poor circumstances, most Israeli Jews might not be fairly depicted as living in great wealth... Though I, too, have found Palestinians to be people of immense charm, I could only laugh in derision at The Promise every time another shot of soft-eyed Palestinians followed another shot of hard-faced Jews." In an interview with Jacobson during Jewish Book Week 2011, Jonathan Freedland, having seen the first episode of The Promise, said Kosminsky used antisemitic tropes, misrepresenting Israel and Zionism as being a consequence of the Holocaust, whose imagery he had abused. Historian, Professor David Cesarani, accused Kosminsky of "deceit...massive historical distortion": omitting the Balfour Declaration's promise of a Jewish national home; downplaying selfish British geo-strategy; and exculpating the British, "chief architects of the Palestine tragedy...making responsible...only the Jews"; turning a tricorn conflict of British, Arabs and Jews "into a one-sided rant."

    for the ofcom report see
    (next episode presumably exactly 7 days later)


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