MEMO 341

February 24, 2013

MEMO 341 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.



Tue, 02/26/2013 - 19:32

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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 re-start it online


(first episode still available at

The Middletons by Jami Attenberg (ten epsiodes, monday-friday, starting last night), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 4: read by Tracy-Ann Oberman

A layered. bittersweet tragi-comedy about three generations of a Jewish family from the Chicago suburbs.
Edie Middlestein is a woman who can't stop eating. Her family fear she will eat herself to death. But Edie's heart and soul feel full when her stomach is full.
And as she alternates between eating and grinding all the joy out of her memories, relationships around her start to unravel.


Thu, 02/28/2013 - 18:58

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Happy, hate to disabuse you, but

We regard any continued building (as well as any new authorisation for building in the future) unacceptable in the absence of an agreement has been reached that is acceptable to both parties. Furthermore the security apparatus required to protect the settlements prevents Palestinians from going about day-to-day lives with ease and dignity.

is the policy of every Zionist organisation on the UK, with the exception of Bnei Akiva Likud UK and the JNF, all not very big.

It seems the ZF wants to become a one-stater irrelevance like Galloway and the BDS movement. I'd be surprised if the Reform, Liberal, and Masorti movements as well as their youth movements, and Habonim Dror and Pro-Zion - all of which subscribe to the same views as Yachad - actually stayed in the ZF.

Also, the ZF seems to want to out-Zionist the Israeli ambassador who has called to engage with Israel through organisations such as Yachad if they reflect people's values.

The ZF has joined the ranks of the one-stater BDS movement. It should be ashamed.


Thu, 02/28/2013 - 19:03

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tonight (thursday), 9.00-10.30pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9): The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008, based on the book by John Boyne), starring David Thewlis, Sheila Hancock, and Rupert Friend

The tale of an unlikely friendship between Bruno, the son of a Nazi commandant, and Shmuel, a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp.
Contains some upsetting scenes.


Fri, 03/01/2013 - 18:24

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this evening (friday), 7.30-8.40pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9): Baremboim and Boulez at the Proms
Performances of four Pierre Boulez works - Messagesquisse, Dialogue de l'ombre double, Mémoriale and Anthèmes
by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim.


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