MEMO 354


By SCoJeC
June 3, 2013
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MEMO 354 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2013/memo_354_3_june_2013.pdf

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happygoldfish

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 17:57

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tomorrow evening (saturday), 7.15-8.00pm, on bbc radio 4:
Chagall at Tate Liverpool (half of Saturday Review)

"The Marc Chagall exhibition continues at Tate Liverpool until 6 October 2013."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b026ymcj)
(a five-part biography of chagall, read by derek jacobi, was broadcast on bbc radio 4extra in aug'10, aug'11, and jun'12, so presumably will be broadcast again in the next couple of months)


happygoldfish

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:49

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(continued from MEMO 356)

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tomorrow morning (thursday 29th), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (shortened repeat tomorrow evening, 9.00-9.30pm)
the talmud (in the in our time series)

"Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history and contents of the Talmud, one of the most important texts of Judaism.
The Talmud was probably written down over a period of several hundred years, beginning in the 2nd century.
It contains the authoritative text of the traditional Jewish oral law, and also an account of early Rabbinic discussion of, and commentary on, these laws.
In later centuries scholars wrote important commentaries on these texts, which remain central to most strands of modern Judaism.
With: Philip Alexander Emeritus Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester. Rabbi Norman Solomon former lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Jewish and Hebrew Studies, and Laliv Clenman Lecturer in Rabbinic Literature at Leo Baeck College and a Visiting Lecturer at KCL."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b044j7pd)

For SCoJeC
June 2, 2014
MEMO 397 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_397_2_june_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 325

this morning (monday 2nd), 7.50-7.52am, on bbc radio 4
thought for the day (in the today programme):
chief rabbi ephraim mirvis on shavuot
(if you missed it, available from 2:50:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0457rmj)
(will soon be available, with transcript, at http://www.chiefrabbi.org/2014/06/)
(previous thoughts for the day, with transcripts, still available at http://www.chiefrabbi.org/2014/05/ http://www.chiefrabbi.org/2014/01/ and http://www.chiefrabbi.org/2013/11/)
(also pause for thought for chancucah 2013 on the chris evans breakfast show still available at http://www.chiefrabbi.org/pause-for-thought-nov13/)

JBBC MEMO 326

every morning this week (monday 2nd to friday 6th), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 12.30am each following morning) *
a broken hallelujah: leonard cohen's secret chord read by julian barrett, with leonard cohen quotes read by colin stinton (in the book of the week series)

"As Leonard Cohen turns 80, a new biography by Liel Leibovitz explores the life, work and passion of the poet-turned-musician. What makes Cohen such an enduring international figure in the cultural imagination?
Granted extraordinary access to Cohen's personal papers, Leibovitz evokes a complicated, sometimes contradictory figure. Born into a Canadian religious Jewish family, for years a reclusive lyricist on the Greek island of Hydra, known for his bold political commentary, his devotion to Buddhist thought and his later despair over contemporary Zionism, Cohen hardly follows the rules of a conventional rock star.
An intimate look at a man who, despite battles with depression and years spent in hermit-like isolation, is still touring and now seems to be reaching a new peak of popularity."
"2. despite success as a poet, Cohen feels the need to escape to the Greek island of Hydra."
"3. Having altered the course of his life with the decision to start writing music, Cohen faces a creative struggle with those around him in the recording studio. Will the release of Bird on the Wire change his fortunes?"
"4. Disasters threaten Cohen's first European tour, but in Buddhism he finds the spiritual solace which enables him to write the groundbreaking Hallelujah."
"5. Cohen begins the 1990s as a hugely successful songwriter, poet and performer. Yet spiritual crises still plague him, and he retreats to the San Gabriel Mountains to spend time with his guru. By 2006, he's forced to start touring again when evidence emerges that a long-time employee and friend may have stolen millions of dollars from him."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0458063)

* thankyou, lesley brookman, for the correction

JBBC MEMO 327

every morning this week (monday 2nd to friday 6th), 12.00-1.00pm, on bbc radio 3 (repeated 6.30pm)
mieczyslaw weinberg (1919-1996) "the greatest composer you've probably never heard of" (in the composer of the week series)

"Over the past seven decades, Composer of the Week has delved into just about every major composer in classical music, and plenty of less well-known ones too. As the programme reached its 70th birthday last year, Donald Macleod challenged listeners to come up with the name of a deserving composer who had never previously been featured.
Suggestions flooded in, over four-and-a-half-thousand of them, and of these, more than 20 made the case for an obscure Soviet composer of Polish-Jewish origin, Mieczyslaw Weinberg.
Weinberg's music is well represented on CD, and as Donald heard more and more of it, his astonishment that he hadn't come across it before grew commensurately. So all this week, Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, in the company of writer, broadcaster and champion of unjustly neglected composers, Martin Anderson.
1. With the Nazis on the horizon, Weinberg flees for his life - first from Warsaw to Minsk, then from Minsk to the central-Asian city of Tashkent, where he composed his First Symphony.
The score came to the attention of Dmitri Shostakovich, who was so impressed that he arranged for Weinberg to move to Moscow; he would live out the rest of his life there, with Shostakovich a lifelong friend and supporter.
That fateful symphony was to be the first of more than 20. Weinberg also wrote 17 string quartets; we'll hear from the second of them, composed in Minsk but bearing no obvious traces of the traumatic experiences its composer had recently lived through.
In Tashkent he also composed a poignant set of Children's Songs, which he followed up a year later with the first of his Children's Notebook collections, written for his own instrument, the piano.
The highlight of the programme is a recording of Weinberg's Piano Quintet with the composer himself at the keyboard, joined by the Borodin Quartet in its legendary original lineup."
"2. Weinberg settles in to his new life in Moscow.
He had escaped the Nazis - twice - but now he had another threat to contend with: Joseph Stalin, whose grip on the Arts was becoming tighter with every new decree. Stalin regarded writers - and, increasingly, other artists - as 'engineers of the human soul', and he was determined to engineer their output.
In 1946, the composer Khachaturian complained that Weinberg "turns to the national melos so extremely rarely" - a hint that his music was insufficiently tuneful and patriotic. Perhaps it was with this criticism in mind that Weinberg wrote his Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, a work the authorities heartily approved of; strangely, its essentially Jewish character seems to have escaped their attention.
Jews were officially tolerated by the regime but increasingly singled out for opprobrium - and worse; Weinberg's father-in-law Solomon Mikhoels, artistic director of the Moscow State Jewish Theatre, had been under surveillance for years when he eventually met his end in what was officially billed as a 'car crash'.
Weinberg must have sensed that his Cello Concerto, written in the year of Mikhoels's demise, would not find official favour; he withheld it till after the death of Stalin, when it was premièred by Mstislav"
"3. A late-night knock at the door heralds an unwelcome visit from the KGB - the pretext, an allegation that Weinberg was part of a conspiracy to establish a Jewish republic in the Crimea.
He was incarcerated "in a solitary cell, where I could only sit, not lie down".
But for the death of Stalin a month later, our story might well end here; Weinberg could easily have gone the way of his father-in-law Solomon Mikhoels, whose state-sponsored murder five years earlier had been officially passed off as a car crash.
In the event, after a further six weeks in jail Weinberg was released, doubtless in no small part due to the intervention of Shostakovich, who had put his own neck on the line to vouch for his friend.
Weinberg's imprisonment seems to have put a considerable dent in his productivity. It took him several years to return to both the symphony and the string quartet, but when he did, the results were remarkable."
"4. Music from Weinberg's most productive period, the 1960s.
He termed them his 'starry years', although in that light he may well have viewed 1966 as something of an aberration. This was the year of his first and, as it would be, only return to Poland after his escape from the country almost three decades earlier.
Now he was a respected member of a Soviet cultural delegation, but by all accounts it was a dismal trip for him; his music was seen as old-fashioned, and the limelight was occupied by the Polish avant-garde, who paid little attention to him. He must have had his suspicions for years, but it was around this time that he learnt definitively of the fate of his family.
When he had fled from Warsaw in 1939, his parents and younger sister had stayed behind; now he discovered that they had died in the Treblinka extermination camp.
This terrible knowledge must have fed into the choice of subject for his first opera, The Passenger, about a woman who survives Auschwitz then, years later, encounters her former gaoler on a cruise-ship.
Weinberg never saw this extraordinarily powerful and disturbing work performed; it wasn't premièred till 2010, 14 years after his death."
"5. Donald presents a brief sampling from the music of the composer's last two decades: a pair of concertos, for clarinet and flute; the 12th Symphony, written in memory of his friend and mentor Shostakovich, who died in August 1975; his final violin sonata; and an extraordinary trio for flute, viola and harp, of which Donald remarks, "I don't think I've ever heard the kinds of sonorities that Weinberg extracts from these three instruments"."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b045by5n)

JBBC MEMO 139A

every night this week (monday to friday, 2nd to 6th), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 3:
portraits of capa (5 episodes, in "the essay") (repeated from september 2013)

"In his centenary year, five people select their favourite picture by Robert Capa, the father of photojournalism, and reflect on his life and work.
In the first essay, war correspondent Janine di Giovanni discusses the photograph of him which made Robert Capa famous, and the women who loved him throughout his career - from the actress Ingrid Bergman to fellow photojournalist Gerda Taro."
"In the second essay, photographer John D McHugh reflects on the role of empathy and friendship in Robert Capa's work. He talks about an image of two injured soldiers from the Spanish Civil War."
"In the third essay, Hilary Roberts of the Imperial War Museum recalls the famous D-Day portrait of a soldier floating through the waves as he lands on Omaha beach."
"In the fourth essay, Colonel Tim Collins examines Robert Capa's "The Last One To Die" and reflects on the portrayal of death in photography."
"In the final essay, John Morris, picture editor of Life Magazine during World War Two, on why an image of a gypsy musician reminds him of his old friend, Robert Capa."

for biography, see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Capa
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039pnzw)

JBBC MEMO 329

sunday evening (8th june), 10.05pm-12.30, on channel 4 tv
the debt (2011 american re-make of the original 2007 israeli film ha-hov), with helen mirren and sam worthington

"Thriller about a 1965 Mossad mission to capture a Nazi war criminal, and its lingering effects on those involved some 30 years later. "

see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Debt_%282011_film%29

JBBC MEMO 330

yesterday morning (sunday 8th), 7.10-7.18am, on bbc radio 4
sunday includes …

"Presidents Shimon Peres and Mahmud Abbas will pray for peace with Pope Francis in the Vatican Gardens on Sunday.
Alan Johnston assesses its significance.
Cardinal Archbishop Vincent Nichols talks about his own prayer meeting with Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub and Head of the Palestinian Mission Manuel Hassassian, in London on Friday."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b045xxtg)


happygoldfish

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:53

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JBBC MEMO 331

every morning this week (monday 9th to friday 13th), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4 (5 episodes, each repeated early the following morning at 12.30am)
curious: true stories and loose connections by rebecca front (in the book of the week series)

"Rebecca Front reads from her new book, a collection of anecdotes and yarns exploring all that is remarkable about everyday life.
"Being curious was my starting point, in both the active sense - being interested in people and things; and the passive - being, as we all are, a bit odd"."
1. "Shortly before my brother's barmitzvah, a stranger took over our home …."
2. "An eleven-year-old Rebecca decides she has to leave school and embarks on an intricate campaign."
3. "The thrill of moving into student digs is short-lived but then there's a late night knock at the door."
4. "A celebration of idiosyncrasy where there's nothing odd about taking a pet rabbit for a walk on a lead."
5. "A tantalising glimpse into the strange world of celebrity, where normal rules no longer apply."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b045y41l)

JBBC MEMO 332

every evening this week (monday 9th to friday 13th), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 3
life in fragments: stories from the cairo genizah (5 episodes, in "the essay" series) (repeated from may 2013)

"The Cairo Genizah is a treasure trove of manuscripts from the Ben Ezra synagogue in Old Cairo that portrays over 800 years of community life.
Rediscovered in the 19th century, this vast communal paper-bin contained hundreds upon thousands of scraps of rag-paper and parchment.
It's an unedited archive of prayers, letters, poems, magical spells, alchemical recipes, children's exercise books, divorce deeds and pre-nuptial agreements that paints a lively and intimate picture of daily medieval life in Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean."
"1. The Discovery: Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner of the Genizah Research Unit tells the story of the discovery of the Genizah inside the ancient and crumbling synagogue of Al-Fustat, a suburb of modern day Cairo.
Featuring a legendary curse, a pair of intrepid Scottish twins, an eccentric scholar and one very generous rabbi."
"2. Letters: Ben Outhwaite, Head of the Genizah Research Unit, shows how private letters between medieval merchants reveal an international trading network that united Jews, Muslims and Christians across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East."
"3. Women: Melonie Schmierer-Lee of the Genizah Research Unit reveals the fortunes of women in medieval Cairo by looking at marriage and divorce deeds, as well as some incredibly detailed pre-nuptial agreements."
"4. Three Lives: Daniel Davies of the Genizah Research Unit sheds light on three very different lives by reading the private documents of the legendary philosopher Maimonides, community leader Solomon ben Judah and Indian Ocean trader Abraham ben Yiju, They are all from the Genizah papers."
"5. Alchemy and Magic: Gabriele Ferrario of the Genizah Research Unit reveals the most secretive side of the Genizah collection: the manuscripts relating to alchemy and magic."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01slm5m)

For SCoJeC
June 9, 2014
MEMO 398 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_398_9_june_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 333

this morning (friday 13th), 7.45-7.48am, on bbc radio 4
thought for the day by "our football correspondent" jonathan sacks

"… If the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbi between them can't bring about a win for Arsenal, does this not finally prove that God does not exist? My reply was simple, I said that, to the contrary, it proves that God exists, it's just that He supports Manchester United
"… our shared humanity matters more than our religious differences."

(if you missed it, available from 1:45:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0460wj3 and soon permanently available, with transcript, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00szxv6/clips)
rabbi sacks's two previous thoughts for the day are permanently available, with transcripts, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01wpl4f (2/4/2014, on love) …

"… And it’s what the rabbis meant when they said 2000 years ago that when a human makes many coins in the same mint, they all come out the same. God makes us all in the same image, His image, but we all come out different."

and at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01tn8w3 (11/3/2014, on joy) …

"… I think we miss something essential when we take Darwinian selection to be more than a law about biology, and turn it into a metaphor for life itself, as if all that matters is conflict and the struggle to survive, so that love and beauty and even birdsong are robbed of their innocence and reduced to genetic instincts and drives. …"

JBBC MEMO 334

sunday morning (15th june), 11.15am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
desert islands discs: raja shehadeh

"Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the Palestinian author and human rights activist, Raja Shehadeh.
Born in Ramallah in the West Bank, his life and writing has been dominated by displacement, struggle and a search for justice.
His father was murdered in 1985 and aside from chronicling the unhappy history of his family and his homeland, he's also co-founded the Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq - which monitors and documents violations by all sides in the Middle East conflict, publishing reports and detailed legal analysis on its findings.
Amid the heavy weight of his work he somehow finds time to nurture a glorious garden growing grapevines and pomegranates.
He says of his work, "When you write your thoughts and feelings and emotions ... then you can move on to new ones. Otherwise, they will keep rotating in your mind and you will go in circles"."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b046j44b)

JBBC MEMO 335

sunday afternoon (15th june), 12.00-1.00pm, on bbc radio 3
private passions: eva schloss

"Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss shares her extraordinary life story with Michael Berkeley, and reveals the music that has brought her comfort, that conjures memories, and that brings her joy.
Eva Schloss was born into a happy middle-class Jewish family in Vienna in 1929, but her childhood came to an abrupt end when she was nine and had to flee with her parents and older brother to escape the Nazis.
Before going into hiding in Amsterdam Eva's family befriended Anne Frank's family, and after the war, the Frank legacy was to play a large part in her life - Eva's mother married Otto Frank and Eva and her mother worked tirelessly to promote Anne Frank's legacy through her diary.
Like the Franks, Eva's family was betrayed, and she and her mother were captured by the Gestapo on her 15th birthday and transported to the Birkenau concentration camp. They were two of only a few prisoners still alive when the camp was liberated in January 1945. Her beloved brother and father did not survive the neighbouring camp of Auschwitz.
Somehow Eva learned to live alongside the memories of those terrible years and after the war rebuilt her life in England. Now in her 80s she tours the world spreading her message of reconciliation and hope, and in 2012 she received an MBE for her work with the Anne Frank Trust and other Holocaust charities.
Eva's choices of music include Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Strauss, who take her back to her happy Viennese childhood, as well as music by Mahler through which she recalls the pain of her teenage years."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b046cqd7)

JBBC MEMO 336

yesterday afternoon (sunday 15th), 1.15-1.29pm, on bbc radio 4
What are the prospects for a peaceful settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians? (in the world this weekend programme)

"Edward Stourton reports from the Middle East on the future of the two-state solution."

includes interviews with ari shaviv and danny dayan at the annual herzliya conference, mk ayelet shaked (who wants to annex area C) at the knesset, singer karni eldad at tekoa settlement, leo amihai (of peace now) at al-walaja (dominated by the gilo and har gilo settlements, for map see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Walaja_Barrier_2011.jpg, see also here), and hanan ashrawi and raja shehadeh at ramallah
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0210vt9)


happygoldfish

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 09:26

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JBBC MEMO 337

this morning (monday 16th), 8.36-8.45am, on bbc radio 4
today includes a report on the three kidnapped israeli teenagers, ending with interviews with dr mustafa barghouti criticising settlements, and israel's holding of hundreds of palestinian prisoners
and with ambassador daniel taub (who had refused to debate with barghouti) speaking of over 64 recent attempts to kidnap israelis, the majority orchestrated by hamas, over 200 missiles fired from gaza into israel this year, and over 170,000 missiles pointing at israel from territories israel has moved out of (south lebanon and gaza)
(if you missed it, available from 2:36:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b046j8z3)
For SCoJeC
June 16, 2014
MEMO 399 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_399_16_june_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 46B

tonight (tuesday 16th), 11.25-11.45pm, on bbc 3 tv (freeview channel 7) (repeated 11.25pm this saturday)
Family Guy (episode 2, season 8)

"Family Goy: Lois visits the doctor for a test and discovers from her medical history that she is Jewish. This pleases Peter until the ghost of his father visits." 

(not available on iplayer)

JBBC MEMO 333A

this morning (friday 20th), 7.47-7.50am, on bbc radio 4
thought for the day by jonathan sacks on people of the same religion killing each other

"… When conflicts within a faith cost lives within that faith, religion must cease to be the pursuit of power, and become again what it was meant to be: God's call to compassion for the powerless."

(if you missed it, available from 1:47:20 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b046p072 and soon permanently available, with transcript, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021b53j)

JBBC MEMO 338

friday night (so when else should it be? ), 10.00-10.35pm, on channel 4 tv (1st of 6 episodes of the new, 3rd, series)
friday night dinner: the girlfriend with tamsin greig, paul ritter simon bird, tom rosenthal and mark heap

"Adam finally brings a girl home for dinner, but the evening is ruined when the family suddenly have to look after eight-year-old Katie, who has a massive girlie crush on Adam."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/friday-night-dinner/4od)

JBBC MEMO 339

yesterday morning (sunday 22nd), 7.15-7.35am, on bbc radio 4
sunday includes …

"In Berlin, a project to have a mosque, a synagogue and a church under the same roof is under way. It was organised by a Protestant pastor who says it's unique - in no other place do the three faiths share premises. Steve Evans reports."
"We assess the life and legacy of Rabbi Nachman Sudak who died last week . A leader in the Lubavitch community, Rabbi Shmuel Lew, tells Edward Stourton why he was so influential."
"Today the Fes festival in Morocco has become not only very popular but a beacon of religious tolerance and religious pluralism in the middle of the Muslim world. John Laurenson talks to Israeli-born singer Mor Karbasi, who sings a Ladino song about a Jewish martyr."

(see also http://www.fesfestival.com/artists-speakers/artists/mor-karbasi/?lang=en)
(if you missed it, available from 05:40 to 15:00 and 17:45 to 19:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0474xkq)

For SCoJeC
June 23, 2014
MEMO 400 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_400_23_june_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 340

this evening (friday 27th), 8.00-9.00pm, on bbc 3 tv (freeview channel 7)
haim and lily allen at glastonbury, including an interview with haim at 0:11:20

"… LA sisters Haim returning to Pilton to rock the Other Stage following their debut last year …"

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0482rrj)

JBBC MEMO 341

this evening (friday 27th), 8.00-9.00pm, on channel 5 tv
the hunt for hitler's millions

"Brand new historical documentary revealing how British intelligence officers found Hitler's Will and the subsequent quest to uncover the extent of the Fuhrer's wealth and find his money.
For the first time on television, Hermann Rothman recounts his part in the story: a German Jew now in his 90s, Rothman fled Hitler’s tyranny just before the war started and was assigned to the British Counter Intelligence Corps for the duration."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.channel5.com/shows/the-hunt-for-hitlers-missing-millions)

JBBC MEMO 338A

tonight (friday 27th), 10.00-10.35pm, on channel 4 tv (2nd of 6 episodes of the new, 3rd, series)
friday night dinner: the fox with tamsin greig, paul ritter simon bird, tom rosenthal and mark heap

"Dad is secretly hiding a dead fox in the outside freezer as he want to get it stuffed.
But when Mum needs to use the freezer, Dad is desperate in his attempts to hide it from her. "

(if you miss it, available at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/friday-night-dinner/4od)

JBBC MEMO 342

tonight (friday 27th), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 3
Minds at War (5th of 10 episodes in Thoughts for the Times on War and Death) (in the the essay series)

"The Israeli academic Michal Shapira reflects on Sigmund Freud's Thoughts for the Times on War and Death and considers how it prefigures some of his later, better-known works on war and the death-drive."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047bs70)


happygoldfish

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:10

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JBBC MEMO 343

four weeks ago (may 31st), on bbc news tv (freeview channel 710)
click visits israel
spencer kelly shows an autonomous car, and an in-wheel wheelchair suspension system making a smoother ride over steps, and reports on the following companies and their products:
Opgal: first in the world to turn an andorid smartphone itno a thermal imaging camera
Tactical Robotics: the Air-Mule, an ambulance drone
MobileOCT: a hand-held imaging system screening for cancer
FS21: biometrics identification by gait
IDC Herzliya Innovations Lab: products which help people with balance problems
Gauzi: privacy glass

"This special edition focuses on Israel's high-tech scene."
"Israel calls itself "the start-up nation", with more start-ups on Nasdaq than Europe and India combined."

(if you missed it, still available for 11 months at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0465p7b/click-31052014)
(see also Next Silicon Valleys: What makes Israel a start-up nation? at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26071818)

JBBC MEMO 343A

three weeks ago (june 7th), on bbc news tv (freeview channel 710)
click visits the west bank (7 minutes)

"Ramallah in the West Bank is being billed as a new technology hub for the Arab world.
BBC Click's Jen Copestake meets some of the start-ups and finds out about the challenges of working there."

(if you missed it, still available for 11 months at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/n3csw96s)

For SCoJeC
June 30, 2014
MEMO 401 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_401_30_june_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 344

yesterday morning (monday 30th), 4.30-4.55am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 710) (repeated 12.30am this morning, tuesday 1st)
(recorded, and first broadcast, before the announcement of the deaths of the three kidnapped israeli teens)
HARDtalk: stephen sackur interviews anti-zionist historian ilan pappe

"… so it is with my guest today, Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, who says the record shows that the Jewish state is racist, born of a deliberate programme of ethnic cleansing. Now, not surprisingly, he's widely reviled in his home country. Has his anti-Zionism undermined his academic integrity?"
" 'In the name of holocaust memory, let us hope the world will not allow the continued genocide in Gaza to continue.' As an historian, how could you link … ?"
'It has to be a unitary state, from the Mediterranean to the Jordan river.'
'… incremental genocide …'

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b049nksn/hardtalk-ilan-pappe-profes...)

JBBC MEMO 345

this morning (wednesday 2nd), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (shortened repeat this evening, 9.30-10.00pm)
midweek with joshua sofaer and danny braverman

"Libby Purves meets …
Artist Joshua Sofaer, the man behind The Rubbish Collection, an exhibition at the Science Museum. Part of the museum's Climate Changing programme - a series of events and exhibitions that support its Atmosphere gallery - the exhibition takes a month's worth of the museum's rubbish and looks at the value and volume of what's discarded.
Writer and performer Danny Braverman inherited a shoebox stuffed with thousands of scraps of paper which provided a unique record of 20th century London and Jewish life. From the 1920s to the 1980s Danny's great uncle, Ab Solomons, drew comical and heartfelt pictures on his weekly wage packets before giving them to his wife, Celie. Danny's show, Wot? No Fish!!, at the Battersea Arts Centre until 16th july, invites the audience to discover the history and inner workings of the Solomons family."

(if you miss it, available from 0:00:00 to 0:11:00 and 0:22:30 to 0:34:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047zlbx)
see also http://www.thejc.com/arts/arts-interviews/119887/interview-danny-braverm...

JBBC MEMO 346

this evening (wednesday 2nd), 8.00-8.45pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 10.15pm this saturday)
moral maze: freedom of expression with michael buerk, melanie phillips, claire fox, ann mcelvoy and giles fraser

"In Germany an angst-ridden debate has started on the future of Hitler's Mein Kampf.
Copyright of the book has been held by the Bavarian state government which has blocked publication in Germany. In 2015 the copyright expires and ministers are now considering whether to ban it all together.
The president of Germany's Central Council of Jews says Mein Kampf is a work of irrational hatred that should be forbidden for everyone.
When is an opinion, a lecture, a sermon, or a book so abhorrent that it should forever more be banned? It's a question that's increasingly being asked in the UK as more cases come to light of extremist Muslim preachers radicalising young men.
Freedom of speech advocates argue bans don't defeat the arguments they just drive them underground where they flourish unchallenged. Public debate and security, they argue, is the best form of defence. But do the normal rules of political discourse apply when it comes to those who preach sedition? Doesn't the state have a right and a duty to protect its citizens against the propagation of such threats? What rules should we apply to make these judgements and who has the moral authority to make those decisions? Is it only the scale and imminence of the threat?
Should you make exceptions for a book like Mein Kampf on the grounds that it's now more of an historical curiosity than anything else? Does the cultural context make a difference? Would it make logical and moral sense for the German's to ban the publication of Mein Kampf because of its unique history in that country - even if it was easily available elsewhere? Does the moral value of such a ban vary with the passage of time, the crossing of borders and changes of cultures? Or can we divine some moral absolutes in the debate on freedom of speech?"

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047zrl7)

JBBC MEMO 350

this morning (thursday 3rd), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4
from own own correspondent includes …

"… Chris Bowlby visits a Jewish cemetery in Brno in the Czech Republic: a place of awful history, but also one where you learn about a community determined to create a successful future for itself …"

(if you missed it, available from 0:16:00-0:22:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048033z)

JBBC MEMO 352

last thursday evening (3rd july), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 2
the honourable woman (1st of 3 weekly episodes)

"The story of one woman’s personal journey to right her father's wrongs.
Featuring a stellar cast including Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal in the lead role as Nessa Stein, this compelling drama written and directed by BAFTA winning Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line) draws Nessa into a complex and dangerous world of international conspiracy and espionage."
"1. The Empty Chair: Powerful businesswoman Nessa Stein is thrown head-first into a game of political cat-and-mouse when a Palestinian businessman with close connections to her family's empire is killed."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01z78v8/the-honourable-woman-1-the...)


happygoldfish

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 16:23

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JBBC MEMO 354

yesterday morning (sunday 6th) 7.10-7.55am, on bbc radio 4
sunday includes …

"Steve Evans reports from Berlin on the reaction of faith communities in Germany to the outbreak of World War I …"

including how the german government used a census of german soldiers to try to prove that jews were under-represented in the army, and a contribution from daniel wildmann of the leo baeck institute;
and …

"… orthodox Rabbi Natan Levy says he's frustrated at what he sees as a lack of engagement between Jews and Muslims in the UK, and is observing Ramadan to increase the understanding between the two faiths."

(if you missed it, available from 0:10:00 to 0:18:00 and from 0:22:30 to 0:26:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048j439)

JBBC MEMO 355

yesterday morning (sunday 6th) 11.15am-12.00, on bbc radio 4 (repeated next friday morning, 9.00am)
desert island discs: kirsty young interviews sir michael marmot, including on his jewish childhood

"He's an epidemiologist who has spent his career studying what the key factors are in leading a long and healthy life and how your income and post code can affect your longevity.
Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London, Sir Michael specialises in what are known as the social determinants of health: how where we are in the wealth and status pecking order directly influences our chances of illness, disease and lifespan.
Why is it, for example, that in 2014 in the same British city the average life expectancy for a man in one post code will be 82 but just a few miles away it's 54?
His work has influenced politicians around the globe.
His pioneering research is often at odds with wider societal concerns over what are known these days as lifestyle choices - like smoking, not taking any exercise or eating junk ... he says simply "what I contribute to the policy debate is that I bring evidence - I don't do the skulduggery of politics."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048j630)

For SCoJeC
July 7, 2014
MEMO 402 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_402_7_july_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 356

this afternoon (thursday 10th) 2.15-3.00pm, on bbc radio 4
farran at bay by hugh costello, with john mackay and jonathan firth (in the afternoon drama series)
(based on the facts of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Farran#Murder_of_Alexander_Rubowitz )

"'Farran At Bay' is a hard-edged thriller based upon a scandal that blighted the final days of Britain's thirty year control of the Holy Land. It is inspired by real events, but scenes and characters have been created for dramatic effect.
Jerusalem 1947: a Jewish teenager is spotted handing out anti-British propaganda.
Witnesses report him being bustled into a car by armed men speaking English. He is never seen again. Within hours a senior British police officer, a decorated war hero and SAS pioneer, has stolen a car and driven across the Syrian frontier.
The disappearance of Alexander Rubowitz and the flight of Major Roy Farran is soon being reported in the Jewish and American press. Britain's precarious post-war control of Palestine depends upon Inspector Bellamy's investigation into the case.
But how can he achieve justice for young Alexander without threatening the Empire?"

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048nlfs)

JBBC MEMO 352A

this evening (thursday 10th), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 2
the honourable woman (2nd of 8 weekly episodes)

"2. The Unfaithful Husband: Nessa's past, including her kidnap in Gaza, is dug up by MI6 boss Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b049fdks)

JBBC MEMO 359

tomorrow evening (friday 11th), 8.00-9.00pm on bbc 3 tv (freeview channel 7)
Ellie Goulding & HAIM @ T in the Park
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b049dkmk)

JBBC MEMO 360

friday night, 10.00-10.35pm, on channel 4 tv (3rd of 6 episodes of the new, 3rd, series)
friday night dinner: the anniversary by robert hopper, with tamsin greig, paul ritter simon bird, tom rosenthal and mark heap

"Mum and Dad's anniversary is ruined when Dad paints a picture of mum that looks like Margaret Thatcher, Jonny gets a skull tattoo, and Jim's sleep-walking causes havoc."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/friday-night-dinner/episode-guide)

JBBC MEMO 366

last saturday evening (12th july), 9.00-10.00pm on bbc radio 4
ivanhoe by walter scott, abridged and adapted by scott cherry (in the classic serial series)
with mark bonnar, henry goodman, and david troughton

"Rebecca, a Jewess, tells how she survived the York massacre, only to be arrested and charged with sorcery.
The Saxon Wilfred of Ivanhoe challenges the Norman Gilbert du Bois to trial by combat to save her life."

(if you missed it, available et http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048jcg0)

JBBC MEMO 370

this morning (tuesday 15th), 4.36-5.00am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 710)
HARDtalk: stephen sackur interviews nadine gordimer (repeated from may 2011)

"Nadine Gordimer was one of South Africa's greatest writers, whose fiction offered a compelling insight into the country's troubled past and complex present.
She was showered with honours including the Nobel Prize for literature, but also faced harassment and condemnation.
While several of her novels were banned by the apartheid regime, her personal commitment to the liberation struggle never wavered.
Stephen Sackur asks her if modern South Africa is what she hoped it would be."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0112dnf/hardtalk-nadine-gordimer-s...)

JBBC MEMO 352B

this evening (thursday 10th), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 2
the honourable woman (3rd of 8 weekly episodes)

"3. The Killing Call: Nessa's security advisor follows a lead as he hunts down the missing boy. Meanwhile, her brother Ephra makes a startling discovery."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04b5yc7)

JBBC MEMO 375

friday night, 10.00-10.30pm, on channel 4 tv (4th of 6 episodes of the new, 3rd, series)
friday night dinner: the piano by robert hopper, with tamsin greig, paul ritter simon bird, tom rosenthal, mark heap and tracy-ann oberman

"Dad has bought a piano, and the world's most sarcastic piano tuner comes round to tune it. Meanwhile, the family spot Aunty Val (Tracy-Ann Oberman) having an affair. What should they do? "

(if you miss it, available at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/friday-night-dinner/episode-guide)

JBBC MEMO 177A

tonight (early saturday 19th), 12.35-2.00am, on bbc 1:
Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)

"Comedy starring Daryl Sabara. A 13-year-old Jewish boy facing his Bar Mitzvah tries to figure out what it means to be a man."

(not available on iplayer)


suzanna

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:13

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tens of thousands marched for Palestine this past weekend in London.
Another march in support of Palestine is planned for this weekend.


StevenKalka

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:14

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http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/120758/labour-opposed-to

Ed Milliband says:

“As a party we oppose the further escalation of violence we have seen with Israel's invasion of Gaza," he said.

“I defend Israel's right to defend itself against rocket attacks. But I cannot explain, justify or defend the horrifying deaths of hundreds of Palestinians, including children and innocent civilians.”

He conveniently fails to mention Hamas using its citizens as shields. He sounds worse than the US Defense Secretary John Kerry, who sarcastically characterizes the Israeli incursions as "pimpoint accuracy" repeatedly.

Meet Ed's smarter brother David:

http://www.rescue.org/david-miliband


suzanna

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:15

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The country showed its support for Gaza on Saturday 19th July, as 100,000 people marched through the streets of London in solidarity with the Palestinians.


suzanna

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:18

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'He (Ed Miliband) conveniently fails to mention Hamas using its citizens as shields'

because it's not true. Mr Miliband will not peddle these lies used by those to who seek to defend the massacre of children and women.

Ed Miliband is not a liar.


StevenKalka

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:36

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Suzanna, you must walk around with your head in a pretty dark place if you're unaware of how Hamas positions itself amongst citizens.

This is common knowledge.

http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2014/s4045856.htm

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/07/22/madeline-albright-hamas-putting-ci...

http://fpif.org/exactly-hamas-launch-rockets-civilian-areas/


StevenKalka

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:44

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Is there anybody out there who would peruse the above listings to view BBC programming? It's so stretched out.


suzanna

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:05

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suzanna

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:07

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Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:42

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JBBC MEMO 380

last monday (14th july), 8.00-8.30pm, on channel 4 tv
faith schools undercover (in the dispatches series)
cathy newman investigates illegal haredi schools in hackney

"… In the second half of the programme, Dispatches uncovers a network of illegal schools where more than 1000 boys are being taught suspicion of the outside world, and the only subject is religion."

(no longer available online)

For SCoJeC
July 21, 2014
MEMO 403 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_403_21_july_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 381

last wednesday (16th july), 8.39-8.46am, on bb radio 4
today (after reporting on tuesday's anti-bbc demonstrations by pro-palestinians) stages a debate on whether the bbc consistently failed to put the palestinian case
to put the palestinian case, they chose professor greg philo of glasgow university, the author of "bad news from israel"
to reply, the bbc chose jc columnist jonathan freedland – possibly because he was already in the studio, waiting to present the next programme ("the long view")

(2:40:00, Philo:) "I think actually the protesters are doing the BBC a favour. I think they will help the journalists to give a better perspective. I have heard many times senior journalists at the BBC saying they simply cannot get the Palestinian viewpoint across, the perspective they can't say which is the Palestinian view is that Israel is a brutal apartheid state."
(2:40:48, Philo:) "The Palestinian perspective is just not there. The Israelis are on twice as much. But the Palestinian view, and the historical analysis of the events, is that they were displaced from their land, they are living under military rule. People, if you go out to focus groups here, people do not even understand that it's a military occupation that Palestinians are subject to. They don't know about the economic blockade, they don't know about the consequences of that in Palestinian life. The Palestinians live, as they see it, under a [interrupted]"
(2:41:40 Philo:)"Yes but the issue is the roots of the conflict. The problem of the coverage is that it doesn't refer to the history of it, that Palestinians are a displaced people, that they were forced to flee from Israel, that they lost their homes and land, that the occupation and the way it is conducted is illegal, that they lose their water, that they have their lives in effect stolen from them. Even if the BBC can't give the Palestinian view, it should at least respect international law. The BBC should be saying, reporting the international judgments on things like the wall."
(2:42:25, Freedland:) "I'm sure your correspondents Jeremy Bowen and others would say that it's impossible in a 60-second report to give a history of what is at the minimum a 120-year-plus conflict. It's difficult for them to do that in every dispatch. The thing, I wouldn't say I'm amused by, but I can't help but notice, is that the criticisms we've just heard there would be made and are made in exactly the same kind of detail on the other side of the argument. So you mention that I write a monthly column for the Jewish Chronicle. Jewish Chronicle readers will denounce the BBC for failing to give the history that explains the Jewish people's historic need to a homeland of their own, for their long period of exile, leading to the return to Israel. They will say exactly the same things, and they will be incensed by that [interrupted].
Greg Philo mentioned that there's no reference to the occupation etc. Pro-Israel, Defenders of Israel, get upset that it is described all the time, your own correspondents are doing it now as illegal settlements, they always describe it as occupied East Jerusalem, I think that's fine, that's accurate, but it's wrong to say that that occupation is not acknowledged. So it happens every [interrupted]. I think the argument has been different this time, it is true that the BBC was under huge assault 5 years ago from pro-Israel people, much less actually from people I think who were anti-Israel. This time there's difference I think because people feel that the BBC this time is acknowledging the fact that even though the death toll is very lopsided in the current conflict, no-one can deny that, that there is understanding that despite that there is a mutual exchange of fire going on here, Hamas is firing rockets, Israel is doing airstrikes, that has been absorbed into the calculation that I think was missing last time."
(2:44:50, Philo:) "I think it's pretty much a carbon copy of what we found last time, as far as I can see. What bothers me really is that unless there is a proper discussion of the root causes of this, unless the politicians are made to confront the history of this and to talk seriously about the conditions under which the Palestinians have been reduced, unless they understand and are forced to confront the history of it, the displacement of a people, people who, in the words of a senior BBC journalist said to me, we cannot get across the view that the Palestinians are a displaced people who are fighting to overthrow what they see as a brutal military rule. And we can't get that across: until the politicians face that, how can you have a proper debate?"

(if you missed it, available from 2:39:08 to 2:46:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04982j9)

JBBC MEMO 352C

this evening (thursday 24th), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 2
the honourable woman (4th of 8 weekly episodes)

"4. The Ribbon Cutter: Going back eight years, a younger Hayden-Hoyle climbs the ranks of MI6 whilst Nessa and Atika endure atrocities as captives in Gaza, and their captors scheme as to how she can best serve their cause."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bwqzv)

JBBC MEMO 388

tomorrow night (friday 25th), 10.00-10.35pm, on channel 4 tv (last of 6 episodes of the new, 3rd, series)
friday night dinner: the big day by robert hopper, with tamsin greig, paul ritter simon bird, tom rosenthal and mark heap

"It's Grandma's wedding day, and she's getting married to the horrible Mr Morris. The family are distraught, but will Grandma really say 'I do'?"

(if you miss it, available at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/friday-night-dinner/episode-guide)

JBBC MEMO 394

sunday evening (27th july), 9.45pm-12.00, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9)
in darkness (in polish, subtitled, 2011)

"In Darkness is a dramatization of a factual rescue of Jewish refugees.
For over a year, a Polish Catholic sewer maintenance worker and burglar, Leopold Socha – along with his friend and coworker Szczepek Wróblewski – hid and cared for a group of hunted Polish Jews who had escaped the massacres and deportations during the liquidation of the Lwów Ghetto, at first helping them in exchange for daily payment, but then continuing to do so long after the Jews' money had run out, and aiding them had become ever more dangerous."

(not available on iplayer)

JBBC MEMO 402

this morning (tuesday 29th) 9.30-9.45am, on bbc radio 4
the man who tried to kill hitler (in the witness series)

"In July 1944, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg attempted to kill Adolf Hitler by planting a briefcase bomb in a meeting at Hitler's headquarters. The attack was supposed to be the trigger for a coup against the Nazi regime. We hear from von Stuaffenberg's son, General Berthold Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bnd0n)

JBBC MEMO 404

this evening (tuesday 29th), 10.06-10.30pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
outlook includes jo fidgen interviewing claire hajjaj about her childhood in kuwait, where it was necessary to conceal her jewish origin, though her mother made sure she and her brother did not lose their jewish roots …

"Claire Hajaj grew up in Kuwait and the UK, in a very unusual family.
That's because her mother is Jewish and her father is Palestinian.
Claire believes that although her parents' relationship couldn't ultimately survive the strain of their different backgrounds, as their child she can occupy the middle ground and give hope to others.
Her new novel, inspired by her parents, is called Ishmael's Oranges."

(already available from 0:31:30 to 0:40:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023c99f)

JBBC MEMO 352D

this evening (thursday 31st), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 2
the honourable woman (5th of 8 weekly episodes)

"5. Two Hearts: As their captivity continues, we discover the secret that will bond Atika and Nessa forever.
Meanwhile, an academic in Tel Aviv working at a university funded by the Steins uncovers corruption that could have far-reaching consequences."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04ckgh8)

JBBC MEMO 410

this morning (friday 1st), 10.25-10.34am, on bbc radio 4
woman's hour inlcudes …

"Elizabeth Harrison:
This week marks 70 years since the last convoy of prisoners left Paris on its way to the Nazi concentration camps of World War II.
One of those on board was Jewish-born Jacqui Aubry who had lived out the war in Paris but was arrested just weeks before the city was liberated on 25th August 1944. She was gassed at Auschwitz when it was discovered that she was pregnant.
Her niece, Elizabeth Lucas Harrison, had survived the war by hiding in Belgium and southern France.
Elizabeth, now aged 91, joins Jenni Murray to discuss her life – including how she ended up being sent to meet senior German generals in Belgian Prisoner of War camps in 1947, shortly before the Nuremberg trials. ."

(if you missed it, available from 0:23:15 to 0:32:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bryby)

JBBC MEMO 411

this morning (friday 1st), 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
my teenage diary with vanessa feltz

"Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by broadcaster Vanessa Feltz, who revisits her teenage years in North London.
She spent her holidays packing knickers for her father's lingerie firm, and a lot of the rest of the time daydreaming about being married to her teenage boyfriend."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b038yk71)


happygoldfish

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:36

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GAZA, 2nd July to 6th August 2014:

JBBC MEMO 347

yesterday (wednesday 2nd), on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 80)
newshour leads with the revenge murder of 17-year-old palestinian mohammed abu khdair in east jersualem (presented by razia iqbal and tim franks), and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter yolande nell in east jerusalem
hanan ashrawi
ghonit sela of the human rights in east jerusalem project
• israeli defence minister danny danon
sami abu zuhri of hamas
• un human rights spokesperson ravina shamdasani
israa al-mudallal (director of foreign affairs at the palestinian government information office)
• idf lt-colonel peter lerner
• israeli police spokesperson micky rosenfeld
einat wilf of the jewish people policy unit
daoud kitab from amman
(if you missed them, available from 0:01:00 to 0:13:00 at each of http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021m2wn http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021gnc9 and http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021m2xg)

JBBC MEMO 348

yesterday (wednesday 2nd), 6.06-6.29pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 80)
world have your say, phone-in programme on "How Should Israel Respond to the Deaths of Three Teenagers?"

"Israel has bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip, hours after the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers were found. The bodies of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were found on Monday evening, after they had been missing for more than a fortnight. Israel PM Benyamin Netanyahu said: "Hamas (the militant Palestinian group) is responsible and Hamas will pay". Hamas denies any involvement.
What do you think is the right response here?"

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021gncq)

JBBC MEMO 349

this morning (thursday 3rd), 8.08-8.21 and 8.35-8.40 am, on bbc radio 4
today includes …
yolande nell interviewing two cousins of the murdered palestinian youth
• palestianian mp dr abdullah abdullah
• israeli spokesperson mark regev
(if you missed it, available from 2:08:00-2:21:00 and 2:35:00-2:40:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048033n)

JBBC MEMO 351

yesterday evening (thursday 3rd), 5.20-5.26pm, on bbc radio 4
pm includes kevin connolly in israel interviewing
husain abu khdeir (father of mohammed)
yishai frankel (uncle of naftali frankel)
(if you missed it, available from 0:19:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048034m)

JBBC MEMO 353

yesterday (sunday 6th), 9.07-9.16pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 80)
newshour leads with the arrests of 6 israelis for the revenge murder of 17-year-old palestinian mohammed abu khdair, and of his cousin tariq abu khdeir for allegedly being in a group of 6 youths throwing stones and with knives (presented by lyse doucet), and includes interviews with …
gil hoffman of the jerusalem post
tariq abu khdeir
• bbc journalist james reynolds
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021v5pv)

JBBC MEMO 357

yesterday afternoon (wednesday 9th), 2.07-2.19pm on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 80)
newshour (presented by razia iqbal) leads with …

"Hamas defends rocket attacks, refuses to condemn teenagers' killing."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter kevin connolly in jerusalem
• israeli ambassador daniel taub
osama hamdan of hamas in beirut
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:45 to 0:13:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02200j8)

JBBC MEMO 358

yesterday evening (wednesday 9th), 8.06-8.30pm, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 710)
HARDtalk: zeinab badawi interviews dore gold, adviser to benjamin netanyahu

"The kidnap and murder of four teenagers - three Israeli and then one Palestinian - has triggered protests and violent clashes in both Israel and the Occupied Territories and unleashed the heaviest rocket fire between Israel and Hamas for nearly two years.
Israel blames Hamas for the abduction and killings of the Israelis.
The tensions flared over the past week after the bodies of the Israeli boys were found on the West Bank. Two days later a 16-year-old Palestinian boy Mohammed Abu Khdair was killed in Jerusalem.
Jewish suspects have been arrested for his murder. This latest crisis has exposed the abyss between the two communities - could it escalate into a wider conflict?"

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02200hx)

JBBC MEMO 361

yesterday afternoon (thursday 10th), 2.06-2.19pm on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by james menendez) leads with …

"Deadly strikes in gaza"

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter yolande nell in khan younis
mahmoud sawari
• dr mona el-farra, director of "gaza projects"
fauzi barhoum of hamas
john kerry
michael oren (ex-ambassador to us)
• professor eyal weizman, principal investigator for "forensic architecture"
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:45 to 0:12:30 and 0:34:30 to 0:36:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02226pf)

JBBC MEMO 362

yesterday evening (thursday 10th), 6.06-6.25pm on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
world have your say (presented by chloe tilley), a phone-in programme, today gives gazan and israeli perspectives on the conflict, with contributions from …
aya in khan younis about the death of her friend
adele raemer a teacher in kibbutz nirim a kilometre from gaza
nallan in the gaza strip
dahlia scheindlin, blogger at 972mag.com
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02226pv)

JBBC MEMO 363

last friday evening (11th july), 9.07-9.12pm on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by james menendez) leads with …

"… Professor Daniel Kurtzer, former US ambassador to Israel and to Egypt, on Gaza."

(if you missed it, available from 0:01:15 to 0:06:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0224gww)

JBBC MEMO 364

last friday evening (11th july), 8.00-8.50pm on bbc radio 4
any questions chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby, with nicola sturgeon msp, rory stewart mp, jim murphy mp, and journalist lesley riddoch, answer …

"The Scottish government has called for an end to the blockade in Gaza, whilst David Cameron has pledged his unequivocal support for Israel. Which approach is better?"

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048nsnh)

JBBC MEMO 364A

last saturday afternoon (12th july), 2.00-2.30pm on bbc radio 4
any answers (presented by anita anand), phone-in, includes …
stanley canning from kfar hamaccabi (a kibbutz near haifa, "1 1/2 minutes from bomb shelters")
keith douglas (a "jewish anti-zionist" who says that gaza is "smaller than a london borough")
paul hughes-smith of the psc
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0495dsr)

JBBC MEMO 365

last saturday (12th july), 1.06-1.16pm and 9.06-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) leads with …

"More than 120 dead in Gaza: UN says most Gaza deaths are civilians."

and …

"New Gaza strikes: Rockets to Tel Aviv intercepted."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter yolande nell from a destroyed home for the disabled
yaakov perry (israeli cabinet minister, and former head of shin bet)
adnan abu hassan, unrwa media adviser
• bbc reporter james reynolds in tel aviv/jaffa
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:45 to 0:10:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0227g9l and from 0:01:00 to 0:13:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0227gb8)

JBBC MEMO 367

yesterday (sunday 13th), 1.07-1.18pm and 9.08-9.25pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) leads with …

"Israeli boots on ground in Gaza: Deadliest 24 hours in Gaza."

and …

"Gaza residents respond to Israeli warnings."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter yolande nell from beit lahia in northern gaza
manuel hassassian, palestinian diplomatic representative to the uk …

(Q) "Why doesn't the PA tell Hamas to stop firing those rockets?"
"Why doesn't the international community intervene on behalf of the Palestinians to ask Israel to stop its thousand military airstrikes against innocent people living in such a congested area like Gaza? …
These rockets have not inflicted any damage on the Israelis!
1.8 million people starving, no medicines!"

daniel taub, israeli ambassador
aaron david miller of the woodrow wilson international centre for scholars, and republican adviser
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:45 to 0:12:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0229gyn and from 0:02:00 to 0:18:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0229gzb)

JBBC MEMO 368

last friday morning (11th july), 4.36-5.00am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 710)
HARDtalk: zeinab badawi interviews osama hamdan, international relations spokesman for hamas

"Violence and death have once again returned with a vengeance to Israel and the Occupied Territories. Hamas's stronghold in Gaza is facing a barrage of air strikes by Israeli forces and Israel is subject to hundreds of rockets launched from inside the territory.
How far has the current outbreak of hostilities set back efforts at reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah?
HARDtalk speaks to Osama Hamdan, spokesman for Hamas. Is the group now finding itself not only under military attack, but also increasingly isolated domestically and internationally?"

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b048wrhm/hardtalk-osama-hamdan-hama...)

JBBC MEMO 369

yesterday (sunday 13th), 1.07-1.19pm and 9.06-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by razia iqbal) leads with …

"Thousands flee Gaza (14/07/2014): Israel-Gaza conflict in seventh day."

and …

"Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli/Palestinian isolation."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter lyse doucet from gaza
chris gunness of unrwa, in jerusalem
naftali bennet
mohaired abu saad of al-azhar university
elizabeth tzurkov of 972ma and globalvoices
laila el haddad, journalist for al-jazeera and the guardian
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:45 to 0:12:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022brnx and from 0:00:15 to 0:13:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022brpq)

JBBC MEMO 371

yesterday (tuesday 15th), 1.06-1.25pm and 9.36-9.43pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by razia iqbal and julian marshall) leads with …

"Israel Gaza truce: Hostilities resume after short ceasefire."

and …

"Gaza crisis"

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter lyse doucet from gaza
• sami abu zuhri hamas spokesman
• dr badr abdul ati egyptian foreign ministry spokesman
einat wilf of the jewish people policy unit
osama hamdan, international relations spokesman for hamas
mark regev
afar "an activist in gaza city"
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:30 to 0:19:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022f0mp and from 0:30:00 to 0:37:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022f0nk)

JBBC MEMO 372

yesterday (wednesday 16th), 9.36-9.47pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by tim franks) leads with …

"Israel declares 'humanitarian truce: Israel agrees to truce: reaction from Hamas & IDF and nurse."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter yolande nell from gaza
osama hamdan, international relations spokesman for hamas
• lt-col peter lerner of the idf
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:30 to 0:11:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022gsbn)

JBBC MEMO 373

this morning (thursday 17th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent leads with …

"Fasting Under Fire:
Yolande Nell reports on how Gaza families have been coping, amid the fighting between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0499j2m)

JBBC MEMO 374

yesterday (thursday 17th), 1.06-1.15pm, 1.40-1.45pm, 9.07-9.12pm, 9.23-9.28pm, and 9.43-9.59pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy and tim franks) leads with …

"Confusion over reports of new Gaza truce."

and

"Israel begins ground invasion of Gaza."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter sally nabil from cairo
• bbc reporter james reynolds from mordecai, just outside the gaza strip
• bbc reporter yolande nell from gaza
mark regev
william schabas, professor of international law at middlesex university and leiden university
(of the dozens of uk international law professors,why did the bbc choose him? perhaps because of http://www.intellectum.org/articles/issues/intellectum7/en/Int%27l%20Pro...

"Well, I am very supportive of the report. I know all of the people who were on the commission and have great respect for them, particularly Judge Goldstone, who is a very honorable man of great integrity."

)
gil hoffman of the jerusalem post
• bbc reporter lyse doucet from gaza
riyad mansour, palestinian ambassador to the un
michael binyon of the london times
• lt col peter lerner
• bbc reporter paul adams from gaza
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:30 to 0:09:30 and from 0:34:30 to 0:39:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022jp9v and from 0:01:00 to 0:05:15 and from 0:17:00 to 0:22:00 and from 0:36:45 to 0:52:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022jpbl)

JBBC MEMO 376

this afternoon, (friday 18th), 1.35-1.39pm, on bbc radio 4
world at one includes bbc reporter paul adams at the al-wafa rehabilitaion hospital, a mile from the border, interviewing the relative of a coma patient, and dr basman alashi, the hospital executive director, on the impossibility of evacuating the hospital
no mention is made of why the israelis are shelling the hospital, nor that the hospital has only 14 patients
(if you missed it, available from 0:35:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0499n6f)
see also http://news.yahoo.com/israeli-tanks-shelling-gaza-rehab-hospital-directo...

JBBC MEMO 377

last friday evening (18th july), 9.36-9.45pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by owen bennett jones) includes …

"UN says people seeking shelter in Gaza have doubled since Israeli ground assault."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter paul adams from gaza
dr basman alashi, the hospital executive director, on how he did evacuate the hospital, from which israel says rockets have been fired
• various gazans, and israelis in jersualem
fawaz gerges, professor of international relations at the lse

(0:36:30) "For the last 8 years, Israel imposed a very brutal siege on Gaza" … "Gaza is starved, bleeding" … "It's war by starvation" …

(see also http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/07/14/israel-hamas-gaza-west-...)
(if you missed it, available from 0:30:00 to 0:39:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022m7bn)

JBBC MEMO 378

last saturday evening (19th july), 9.20-9.30pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes …

"Casualties mount in Gaza."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter paul adams from beit hanoun
naser hamad, unrwa emergency preparedness officer
• bbc reporter lyse doucet from gaza city
robert turner, director of unrwa
(if you missed it, available from 0:20:00
at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022qhky)

JBBC MEMO 379

yesterday (sunday 20th), 1.07-1.26pm, and 9.07-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by rebecca kesby) leads with …

"60 Palestinians killed in Gaza."

and …

"Deadliest day in Gaza war."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter lyse doucet from shejaiya
• former israeli mk azmi bishara, general director of the arab center for research and policy studies in doha, who (0:13:30) calls rebecca kesby a racist and a zionist for asking him about human shields
barak ravid of ha'aretz
• sami abu zuhri, hamas spokesman
• benjamin netanyahu interviewed by firaz kitab
(if you missed them, available from 0:01:30 to 0:20:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022s5tm or http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/newshour and from 0:00:50 to 0:13:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022s5v5)

JBBC MEMO 382

yesterday (monday 21st), 1.36-1.45pm and 9.33-9.55pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by razia iqbal and tim franks) includes …

"Gaza deaths pass 500."

and …

"More fighting in Gaza."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter yolande nell from gaza city
• bbc reporter paul adams from sha'af
musa shehadeh from cairo, head of the us-arab congress for palestine (?)
einat wilf of the jewish people policy unit
sarah bernstein blogger
(if you missed it, available from 0:30:00 to 0:39:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022tlh5 and from 0:27:30 to 0:49:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022tlhx)

JBBC MEMO 383

this morning (monday 21st), 7.51-7.58am on bbc radio 4
today includes presenter sarah montague introducing, with the words …

"How do British Israeli Jews here view what is happening? Gaza … where there is … because of Israel's embargo, little food or medical supplies"

… a debate between rabbi laura janner-klausner and journalist mira bar-hillel, chosen apparently for her racist propaganda against jews, including collective responsibility and censorship by fear of retribution

"… hasn't been said at all [by Jewish communities all over the world] … I'm waiting to hear their voices …
they are afraid of retribution from the Jewish community if they dare voice their views. … If you speak out against Israel loudly, as I can afford to do because I don't have children at school here … they would be excommunicated from their community, their children would be bullied at school, they would not be allowed to attend synagogue services, and they would be denied Jewish burial."

(if you missed it, available from 1:51:10 to 1:57:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b049yhcl)

JBBC MEMO 384

yesterday (tuesday 22nd), 9.13-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

"Many flights to Tel Aviv cancelled after Hamas rocket."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter chris morris from jerusalem
todd curtis air safety expert
(if you missed it, available from 0:07:00 to 0:13:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022wfff or http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/newshour)

JBBC MEMO 385

this evening (wednesday 23rd), 8.00-8.45pm, on bbc radio 4
just war and gaza (in the moral maze series) presented by michael buerk
panellists: matthew taylor, melanie phillips, giles fraser and jill kirby
witnesses: colonel richard kemp, mehdi hasan, dr hugo slim and ted honderich.

"The gruesome and heart rending pictures this week of the broken and shattered bodies of innocent people caught in the cross fire has demonstrated just how rotten the euphemism "collateral damage" really is.
As the body count rises and we try to make a judgement between right and wrong and competing narratives of victimhood we're confronted by the terrible calculation "how many innocent victims are acceptable? When does a military operation go from being a legitimate act of war or self-defence to being disproportionate, illegal and immoral?"
It's a fact that many more Palestinians have died than have Israelis in the current bombardment and that's been the case in previous conflicts too.
Would it be more morally acceptable is more Israeli's were killed?
How should we factor intent in to the equation?
Israel says it's targeting military Hamas rockets and does it's best to avoid civilian casualties, while Hamas is deliberately targeting civilians in Israel and using civilians as human shields in Gaza; a moot point if you're in the firing line or your child has just been killed by a missile.
Do more powerful states have a higher moral duty, even if those they're fighting for have no moral qualms when it comes to the fight?
As the conflict in Gaza and the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner have demonstrated, civilians are now increasingly in the front line and the line between combatant and civilian is often not clear, how does that change the rules of just warfare?"

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04b1v8q)

JBBC MEMO 386

last friday afternoon (18th july), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4
feedback includes …

"… amid accusations of bias on both sides, Roger Bolton speaks to the World News Editor, Andrew Roy, about whether the BBC is sufficiently impartial in its coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02335fs)

JBBC MEMO 387

yesterday (wednesday 23rd), 9.36-9.45pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

"Gazan journalist on attitudes to Hamas."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter lyse doucet from kuzah'aa in the southern gaza strip
• gazan journalist yousef el hillou
(if you missed it, available from 0:30:00 to 0:39:10 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0230cbb)

JBBC MEMO 389

yesterday (thursday 24th), 1.36-1.46pm, and 9.06-9.27pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy and tim franks) leads with …

"UN concern for Gaza civilians: Gaza civilians running out of food & water."

and …

"Palestinians killed at a UN school in Gaza: Hamas leader on ceasefire prospects."

and includes interviews with …
valerie amos
• bbc reporter yolande nell from zeitoun
chris gunness of unrwa, in jerusalem about rockets in unrwa schools

"… it's a system which has not worked …"

bob turner of unrwa
khaled meshaal, hamas leader, interviewed by stephen sackur
jeffrey feltman, un under-secretary-general for political affairs
(if you missed it, available from 0:30:00 to 0:39:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0230ck2 and from 0:00:30 to 0:11:40 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0230ckw)

JBBC MEMO 390

yesterday evening (thursday 24th), 10.19-10.25pm, on bbc radio 4
the world tonight includes andrew hoskins interviewing robert ejnes of crif on …

"French anti-semitism claims."

(if you missed it, available from to 0:18:50 to 0:24:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04b2hzh)

JBBC MEMO 391

early this morning (friday 24th), 12.30-1.00am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80)
HARDtalk (presented by zeinab badawi) interviews danny danon

"Israel says its current campaign in Gaza is in response to rocket strikes from Hamas militants and is aimed at destroying illicit tunnels Hamas uses to smuggle arms. In more than two weeks of conflict around 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed and nearly 4,000 wounded. The UN human rights commissioner says Israel may have committed war crimes. About 30 Israelis have died, nearly all of them soldiers.
HARDtalk speaks to Danny Danon, a member of the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. He was dismissed as deputy defence minister earlier this month for accusing the prime minister of being too weak in his Gaza campaign. How does he justify the high Palestinian death toll?"

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04bbsz3/hardtalk-danny-danon-forme...)

JBBC MEMO 392

last friday (25th july), 1.07-1.22pm, and 9.07-9.15pm on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by owen bennett jones) leads with …

"Palestinians' Day of Anger: Will the West Bank 'explode'?"

and …

"Israel rejects Kerry truce: Israel rejects Gaza ceasefire."

and includes interviews with …
mark regev on the shelling of the unwra school in beit hanoun
• bbc reporter jon donnison from jerusalem
sabri saidam, deputy secretary-general of the fatah revolutionary council, and adviser to mahmoud abbas (quotes david ward, mp)
daniel levy
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:50 to 0:15:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023275y and from 0:00:30 to 0:08:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023276t)

JBBC MEMO 385A

this afternoon (friday 25th), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4
feedback includes …

"Moral Maze producer defends programme about Gazaß:
Roger Bolton asks series producer Phil Pegum about criticism of this week's Moral Maze."

(full clip already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023kynm)

JBBC MEMO 393

tomorrow morning (saturday 26th), 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent includes …

"… a week in Gaza, by Paul Adams …"

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bj7pw)

JBBC MEMO 395

last friday evening (25th july), 6.06-7.00pm on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
world have your say:

"Is the media coverage of Israel and Palestine biased?
We hear from the BBC, Al Jazeera and the Huffington Post about how they report conflict."

studio guests …
andrew roy, foreign editor, bbc news
sabrina siddiqui of the huffington post
heather allan of al jazeera english
answer phone-ins from …
mnar muhawesh, founder of mint press news
daniel mayall, writer at truthrevolt.org
hugh lanning chair of the palestine solidarity campaign
hillel schenker co-editor of the palestine-israel journal
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023276g)

JBBC MEMO 396

last friday evening (25th july), 7.30-8.00pm, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80)
HARDtalk: stephen sackur interviews khaled meshaal, leader of hamas (recorded yesterday, 24th)

"In a special edition of Hardtalk from Doha, Stephen Sackur talks to Khaled Meshaal, the Leader of Hamas.
The Palestinian Islamist movement is currently locked in a grim and costly military confrontation with Israel in Gaza. The pressure on Hamas is immense - military, political and diplomatic.
Is the showdown in Gaza a battle for Hamas's survival?"

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04dfvq9/hardtalk-khaled-meshaal-le...)

JBBC MEMO 397

last friday evening (25th july), 8.00-8.50pm on bbc radio 4
any questions chaired by jonathan dimbleby, with greg dyke, dan hannan mep, journalist justine picardie, and susan kramer, answer …

(0:33:00) "If you lived in Gaza, would you fire a rocket?"

interesting that the bbc's former director-general (greg dyke) voices two classic anti-semitic lies – that anyone criticising israel is automatically accused of anti-semitism, and that jews control american politics – in a strange and slightly rambling speech that had little to do with the question but that he obviously felt so strongly about that he couldn't stop himself …

(0:37:05) "The problem is if you criticise Israel, you are by certain sections of the Jewish community around the world immediately accused of being anti-semitic – which I am not in any way! – and we have got to overcome, you look at why is the American repsonse always so limited, why do the Americans actually? Because they're scared of the Jewish community, of the Jewish vote in America, we somehow have got to separate the concept of anti-semitism and supporting an Israeli government that I think is not supportable or just and doing things that are not justifiable."


are these theories still prevalent in bbc management?
(if you missed it, available from 0:33:00 to 0:38:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04b30m3)

JBBC MEMO 397A

last saturday afternoon (26th july), 2.00-2.30pm on bbc radio 4
any answers (presented by anita anand), phone-in, includes …
stanley canning from kfar hamaccabi (a kibbutz near haifa, "1 1/2 minutes from bomb shelters")
keith douglas (a "jewish anti-zionist" who says that gaza is "smaller than a london borough")
paul hughes-smith of the psc
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0495dsr)

JBBC MEMO 398

last saturday morning (26th july), 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent includes …

"… a week in Gaza, by Paul Adams …"

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bj7pw)

JBBC MEMO 399

last saturday (26th july), 1.06-1.18pm, and 9.06-9.17pm on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) leads with …

"Gaza Truce"

and …

"Gaza Fighting: Hamas fires rockets and rejects truce extension."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter chris morris from a park in gaza city and from shejaiya
• bbc reporter yolande nell from shejaiya
gershon baskin, veteran israeli negotiator
• new york times reporter jodi rudoren from jerusalem
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:30 to 0:12:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0239kqt and from 0:00:30 to 0:11:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0239krf)

JBBC MEMO 400

last sunday (27th july), 1.06-1.18pm, and 9.06-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) leads with …

"Hamas calls for Gaza truce: Hamas declares Gaza ceasefire."

and …

"Fighting continues in Gaza: Attempts at another short-term Gaza ceasefire."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter chris morris gaza
azzam tamimi
tzipi livni
• bbc reporter ian pannell from gaza
ehab al hussain, hamas deputy information minister
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:30 to 0:13:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0239l48 and from 0:00:30 to 0:10:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0239l4t)

JBBC MEMO 401

yesterday evening (monday 28th), 9.07-9.14pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) leads with …

"Gaza playground hit by explosions: Israel denies attack involvement."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter martin patience from al-shifa hospital
• lt-col peter lerner
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:40 to 0:08:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0239lg8)

JBBC MEMO 403

this afternoon (tuesday 29th) 5.00-6.00pm, on bbc radio 4
pm includes david turns of cranfield university explaining ro eddie mair the meaning of "disproportionate" in international law

(0:15:30) "There is a general misperception that if any civilians at all are killed, then that is automatically disproportionate. But what such people generally fail to say is what something is disproportionate to, and you've got to consider, the law requires consideration, of the legitimate military objectives of the other side as well."

(if you missed it, available from 0:08:00 to 0:16:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04brlpn)

JBBC MEMO 405

yesterday (tuesday 29th), 2.06-2.19pm, and 9.06-9.18pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by rebecca kesby and james coomarasamy) leads with …

"Gaza attacks intensify: Israel strikes Gaza power plant."

and …

"Smoke hangs over Gaza: Israel attacks Gaza's power plant."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter chris morris from gaza
• bbc reporter jon donnison from the west bank
jibril rajoub of fatah
• bbc reporter martin patience from gaza
fathi el-sheikh khalil of the gaza energy authority
• dr mads gilbert, pro-gaza activist

(if you missed it, available from 0:00:30 to 0:13:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023c99k and from 0:00:30 to 0:12:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023c9bc)

JBBC MEMO 406

this morning (wednesday 30th), 8.38-8.42am, on bbc radio 4
today includes sarah montague interviewing foreign secretary philip hammond

(2:39:44) "We want the Palestinian Authority to be involved in these ceasefire negotiations, and to lead these talks, but we recognise that Hamas will be part of that Palestinian Authority team."
(2:40:20) "Western public opinion, which was sympathetic to Israel over the rocket attacks which were being launched from Gaza on Israeli civilian communities, is rapidly turning against Israel because of the scale of the action that is going on in Gaza. So Israelis have to understand that while they are defending their security in seeking to rule out these rocket launchers and to deal with these attack tunnels, they are also undermining the support for Israel that exists in the West."
(2:41:20) "It would not be legal if it was not proportionate."
(2:41:30) "In the fullness of time there will be proper evaluation of what has gone on, what these military actions were targeted against: Israel will argue that the actions it has taken were taken against military targets, and that Hamas has deliberately planted military installations in the middle of civilian areas, using civilians as human shields. In due course, the claims on both sides will need to be investigated. What is need right now is an immediate and unconditional ceasefire."

this interview was repeated on the next morning's programme, but cut short after "It would not be legal if it was not proportionate", thereby omitting hammond's acknowledgment of the validity of israel's reasons (in red above)
(if you missed it, available from 2:38:10 to 2:42:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04brj7x)

JBBC MEMO 407

yesterday (wednesday 30th), 1.07-1.19pm, and 9.06-9.18pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by rebecca kesby and james coomarasamy) leads with …

"Gaza: Another UN school hit: 15 killed in attack on UN school in Gaza."

and …

"More Palestinian casualties in Gaza: UN condemns Israeli strikes."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter chris morris from jabaliya girls school
robert turner, director of unrwa
chris gunness of unrwa
• lt col peter lerner
• bbc reporter jon donnison from jerusalem
farhan haq, associate spokesperson for the un secretary-general
michael oren, former israeli ambassador to the us
(if you missed it, available from 0:01:00 to 0:12:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023f4t5 and from 0:00:30 to 0:12:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023f4tx)

JBBC MEMO 408

yesterday (thursday 31st), 2.07-2.19pm, and 9.06-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by rebecca kesby and james coomarasamy) leads with …

"Gaza assault will continue: Israeli PM "Gaza tunnels must go"."

and …

"US blames Israel over Gaza bombing: Can US be an honest broker?"

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter bethany bell from jerusalem
danny danon
fawaz gerges, professor of international relations at the lse
josh earnest, white house spokesman
• bbc reporter martin patience
• professor rashid khalidi, author of "The iron cage: the story of the palestinian struggle for statehood"
daniel kurtzer former us amabassador to israel
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:45 to 0:13:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023fdnx and from 0:00:00 to 0:13:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023fdpp)

JBBC MEMO 409

yesterday evening (thursday 31st), 6.07-6.29pm on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
world have your say (presented by mishal husain) includes …

"How do Americans view the Gaza conflict?
The US is Israel's biggest ally and the Obama administration has supplied Israel with weapons during the latest fighting in Gaza.
We hear the conversations being had in America about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians."

phone-ins from …
kaylene rudy, founder of http://www.americansunitedwithisrael.org
• welsh-american ruth fowler ("israel is nazi germany reincarnated"), blogger at http://riseuptimes.org and author of "the risk of opposing israel in the us"
• anti-zionist jew brenna from chicago`
laurie cardozo moore, evangelical christian, founder of "proclaiming justice for the nations"
(if you missed it, available from 0:01:00 to 0:23:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023fdpc)

JBBC MEMO 412

last friday (1st august), 2.06-2.16pm, and 10.06-10.19pm, and 10.36-10.45pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by rebecca kesby and julian marshall) leads with …

"Gaza truce broken: Gaza ceasefire lasts less than 2 hours."

and …

"Fighting resumes in Gaza: A 72 hour ceasefire in Gaza breaks down, and Israel claims a soldier has been captured."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter jon donnison from beit hanoun
sabri saidam, deputy secretary-general of fatah
arwam manna
simcha goldin
osama hamdan of hamas from qatar
• bbc reporter james reynolds from jerusalem
ronit kedar from netif haasara, where a thai worker was killed by a rocket
giora elland, former head of the national security council
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:00 to 0:10:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023fdwz and from 0:00:00 to 0:13:00 and 0:30:00 to 0:39:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023fdxs)

JBBC MEMO 413

last saturday morning (2nd august), 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent starts with chris morris presenting an unrelieved report of the suffering of the gazans
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04c9gsd)

JBBC MEMO 415

last saturday (2nd august), 1.06-1.16pm, 1.51-1.54pm, 9.06-9.19pm, and 9.36-9.45pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) leads with …

"Israel to continue Gaza offensive: Netanyahu says Israel to continue operations in Gaza."

and …

"Israel to continue Gaza offensive: Netanyahu says Israel to continue operations in Gaza."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter martin patience from gaza
• bbc reporter andrew hosken from jerusalem interviewing jewish israelis
• satirist avi cohen
• bbc reporter mark lowen from cairo
paul hirschson, spokesman for the israeli foreign ministry
• lib dem junior minister lynne featherstone
manuel hassassian
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:30 to 0:10:30 and 0:45:00 to 0:47:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023ff6z and from 0:00:30 to 0:13:30 and 0:26:30 to 0:36:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023ff7l)

JBBC MEMO 416

yesterday morning (sunday 3rd), 7.10-7.55am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (produced by carmel lonergan and dan tierney) includes …
• a report on jewish-american political support for israel's actions in gaza
• interviews with london palestinians about the suffering of their relatives and friends in gaza
• interviews with london jews about political support for israel
none of which had any religious content**, in a supposedly religious-affairs programme
the producers seem to have been motivated by a desire
• to treat a political conflict as if it was a racial one (which is likely to stir up racial hatred in this country), and
• to produce a one-sided programme about the gaza conflict, preceded by evidence of jewish influence (and lack of palestinian influence) on american politics, and followed by a study of british jewish political opinions, all with no religious content or context

(** except for a very brief mention of an increase in the number of anti-smemitic incidents, but without any details)
(if you missed it, available from 0:01:10 to 0:11:00 and from 0:28:40 to 00:34:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04c9s09)

JBBC MEMO 417

yesterday (sunday 3rd), 1.06-1.19pm, 9.06-9.25pm, and 9.32-9.41pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by rebecca kesby) leads with …

"Another school hit in Gaza: Gaza school attack."

and …

"UN: Gaza school strike 'criminal': US, UN condemns Israeli school attack in Gaza."

and includes interviews with …
robert turner, director of unrwa
• lt col peter lerner
chris gunness of unrwa, in jerusalem
• intern dr bassel abuwarda (26) of al shifa hospital, tweeter
james rawley, unrwa humanitarian coordinator
ahron bregman, author of cursed victory: a history of israel and the occupied territories
mustafa barghouti from cairo
• bbc reporter andrew hosken interviewing jewish israelis in haifa and palestinians in east jerusalem
• arab-israeli author and columnist (in hebrew) sayed kashua
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:30 to 0:13:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023ffjp and from 0:00:30 to 0:19:20 and 0:26:30 to 0:35:10 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023ffk8)

JBBC MEMO 418

this evening (monday 4th), 10.06-11.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
outlook leads with matthew bannister interviewing 27-year old israeli activist michal rotem, who translates the names of the dead in gaza from arabic into hebrew, and publishes them on her blog

"We don't have a shelter in my house or nearby [in Beersheeba], so we had to leave the city, and we are out of our home for approximately a month already. …
They fired 50 rockets at the same time to the city, and then it became too scary to stay, so we decided, to take the dogs and leave the city. …
I'm pretty used to it, it's almost five-and-a-half years now, every once in a while we get some rockets …"

(already available from 0:01:15 to 0:08:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023ry5y)

JBBC MEMO 419

yesterday (monday 4th), 1.07-1.20pm, and 9.20-9.26pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by razia iqbal and james coomarasamy) leads with …

"Israeli military strategy"

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter jon donnison from rafah
robert turner, director of unrwa
salah el hams director of nursing at rafah hospital
• american-palestinian ahmed timras who lives next to rafah hospital
• bbc reporter martin patience from gaza city
• hatnuah mk david tzur
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:40 to 0:12:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023ry61 and from 0:14:00 to 0:19:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023ry6y)

JBBC MEMO 420

today (tuesday 5th), 2.07-2.19pm, and 9.15-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by razia iqbal and james coomarasamy) leads with …

"Gaza Plan: Israel considers Gaza de-militarisation."

and …

"More talks on Gaza conflict."

and includes interviews with …
shaul mofaz, leader of kadima
mustafa barghouti, who wants both "Palestine and Israel completely demilitarised"!
ilene prusher of haaretz
nathan thrall of the international crisis group
• bbc reporter james reynolds from al-quds hospital in gaza city
richard w murphy, assistant secretary of state under president reagan
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:50 to 0:12:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023snzx and from 0:04:45 to 0:13:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023sp0r)

JBBC MEMO 421

this morning (wednesday 6th), 4.30-5.00am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80)
HARDtalk: interviews john kerry

"Dozens of African heads of state, along with diplomats and business leaders, have gathered in the US capital for what is being billed as the biggest ever engagement between the White House and Africa. Barack Obama is hosting the first summit between the US and Africa to boost trade and investment ties. But with American imports from the continent at a forty-year low, is the US playing catch-up to the likes of China, India and Brazil? Will the summit be anything more than a photo opportunity?
And, as the latest 72-hour truce comes into force in Gaza, how hopeful is Secretary Kerry that a lasting peace can be found?"

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04fcv7v/hardtalk-john-kerry-us-sec...)


happygoldfish

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 09:55

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JBBC MEMO 422

this evening (wednesday 6th), 10.00-10.30pm, on channel 4 tv
the mimic (4th episode, 2nd series)

"Keen to create a family for Steven, Martin proposes to Harriet with his newly-discovered ring. But when she informs him he'll have to convert to Judaism and get circumcised, he has some serious thinking to do."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-mimic/4od)

For SCoJeC
August 4, 2014
MEMO 404 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_404_4_august_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 423

yesterday (wednesday 6th), 9.52-9.59pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) ends with james interviewing …

"We'll hear from someone who lost 9 members of her uncle's family in Gaza."

• gaza secular feminist blogger asma al-ghul
(if you missed it, available from 0:46:30 to 0:53:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023vgb0)

JBBC MEMO 352E

this evening (thursday 7th), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 2
the honourable woman (6th of 8 weekly episodes)

"6. The Mother Line: When a Palestinian businessman makes Nessa an offer regarding the cabling initiative in the Middle East, Nessa discovers the full cost of her release from captivity eight years ago."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04dbvjp)

JBBC MEMO 424

this sunday (10th august), 9.00-9.30am, on channel 4 tv
frasier: award-winning 10th episode, 6th series:
merry christmas, mrs moskowitz!

"Frasier, while shopping for Christmas gifts meets a stylish Jewish woman, Helen Moskowitz, who asks him to take her daughter Faye on a blind date.
This leads to a deepening relationship between each other.
Helen on Christmas Eve makes a stop by Frasier's apartment, unaware that he is not Jewish and so he and the family must pretend that they are to survive the visit."

(not available on 4oD)

JBBC MEMO 425

this evening and tomorrow evening (monday 11th and tuesday 12th), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3
significant others - jewish life in poland (in the sunday feature series) (repeated from july 2013 – on a sunday, of course!)

"1. Writer Eva Hoffman examines the rich history and impact of a thousand years of Jewish presence in Poland and Polish attempts, since 1989, to re-connect to a people and history inextricable from their own.
It is a story largely overshadowed by 6 years of annihilation on Polish soil by the occupying Nazis. Today we remember the loss. Poland as a graveyard.These two programmes explore vastly different worlds before and after destruction.
This spring an impressive new museum telling the history of Jewish presence in Poland opened in Warsaw, once home to the largest Jewish population in Europe, now home to a few thousand Jewish souls.
Chmielnik is a small town a few hours drive from Krakow. Once its population was 85% Jewish, now there are no Jews left in this former shtetl. Yet this June an elaborately restored synagogue and interactive new museum of the shtetl was unveiled, but who is it for?
Perhaps for Poles anxious to reclaim a Jewish history that they increasingly now see as their own? For Israeli and other Jewish tourists who consider Poland usually as the end point of Jewish life rather than a place that has shaped Ashenazi Jewish identity around the world.
This summer Krakow hosts its 23rd festival of Jewish culture festival in a city whose Jewish community numbers only in the 100's. Israeli funk bands, skateboarding Hassidic rabbis and workshops on anything from food to the most complex historical and religious issues run throughout. More people will attend than there are Polish Jews. The maxim now is' Small presence, big impact.
For post Communist Poland re-connecting with their Jewish story, their Significant Others, has become a multi layered and sometimes startling process of rediscovery.

The centuries that come before the 'wolfhound' 20th, are the story Eva Hoffman focuses on in the first programme. The rise of a Jewish civilization in the East that would go on to create a vast body of literature, culture and thought and whose fortunes were inextricably tied with the emerging story of Polish identity and nationhood.
Jewish settlement, usually at the invitation of Polish nobility, was crucial to developing the vast lands. This was no small community of persecuted migrants but a people as at home in the lands of what would become the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth as those of Polish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian and German origin.
Here scholarship flourished in cities like Krakow whilst Jewish life flourished in 'shtetls', the unique phenomenon of almost entirely Jewish towns and villages later celebrated or denigrated in the great Yiddish literature of the late 19th and early 20th Century.
All bound by faith, communal structures including the remarkable Council of the Four Lands and the transnational language of Yiddish.
By the middle of the 16th century, about 80% of world Jewry lived on Polish lands. During this 'Golden Age', the word "Polin" - the Jewish name for Poland - could be interpreted to mean "Here though shall rest in exile" - in other words, that Poland was a second promised land. But for how long?
"

"2. Writer Eva Hoffman examines the traumatic contradictions and perplexity of the Jewish Polish experience of the 20th Century and the unexpected return of history and memory in the 21st.
The 20th Century offered hard challenges for Jewish Poles. Which language to speak? Yiddish or Polish? Which faith to follow? The new politics of Zionism and perhaps emigration? The defiant Yiddish voice of the Socialist Bund? The creed of Communism or the continual values of the Shtetl, the devotion of Hasidism, the perpetual study of the Torah?
Yiddish writing peaked with the work of I.L.Peretz, I.J. Singer and Sholem Asch. Warsaw sounded to the hot jazz licks of Addy Rosner and the dance tunes of Henryk Gold. Julian Tuwim, writing in Polish, stunned all with his poetry and yet was always aware of the contradictions of Jewish identity in the new century.
Despite the rise of Fascism on its borders and the increasingly shrill nationalism at home, this land was still the least worst place to be in Central Europe. Until September 1st 1939. By 1945 the Nazis had done their best to destroy the idea of Poland, as had the Soviets. Both had killed its intelligentsia. The Germans had enslaved, starved and slaughtered millions and gathered the Jews of Europe, the majority of whom resided in Poland, to be murdered on its soil. By 1947, after sporadic pogroms, what had been Europe's largest Jewish community was now just 100,000. What could its future be? The cruelties of the Cold War largely decided its fate. Emigration to Israel and elsewhere increased under the assault of official anti-semitic persecution, culminating in mass expulsions in 1968. Jewish identity was buried, whispered among families. A thousand years of Polish Jewish presence seemed finally at an end.
The decades since 1989 have been bewildering and unexpected. The vast new Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw opened this spring. It is the boldest statement yet that the history and memory of its Signifcant Others has returned for many in Poland. Elsewhere, Cracow's Jewish Festival is in its 23rd year. Although there are more Polish migrants in London than there are Jews in the whole of Poland, fledgling Jewish communities in cities like Warsaw and Cracow now seem at least viable. Perhaps Poland's most Significant Others have truly returned to history and to a land that has helped shape the world."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b036j072 and http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b036v4pm)

JBBC MEMO 352F

this evening (thursday 14th), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 2
the honourable woman (7th of 8 weekly episodes)

"7. The Hollow Wall: Hayden-Hoyle uncovers an international government cover-up in relation to the Stein wiretap and Ephra is drawn into making a fatal mistake. In Palestine, an act of terrorism stuns the Stein family and the wider international community and has far-reaching repercussions."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04dvyrh)

JBBC MEMO 435

yesterday evening (thursday 14th), 10.06-10.30pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
outlook includes …

"Jo Fidgen interviews Lynn Ruth Miller, an American who took up comedy when she was 71 years old and now performs as a stand-up comedian."

(already available from 0:12:00 to 0:21:40 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024bsjm)

JBBC MEMO 142A

this morning (friday 15th), 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4:
my teenage diary: rachel johnson (episode 4 of 6) (repeated from september 2013)

"… comedian Rufus Hound is joined by journalist Rachel Johnson.
Rachel's diaries focus on her gap year in Israel, when she worked on a kibbutz with her brother [boris johnson] and was wined and dined by an Israeli shepherd. …"

(see also http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2305291/Holidays-Israel-Rachel... and http://www.thejc.com/lifestyle/food/106527/israel-a-real-foodie-destinat...)
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039q5ff)


StevenKalka

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:16

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Al Jolson Festival - Oceanside, NY Knights of Columbus.
with Al Jolson impersonator Tony Babino.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwX4fhvRch8


happygoldfish

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:12

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GAZA, 8th to 28th August 2014:

JBBC MEMO 426

last friday afternoon (8th august), 12.06-1.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
fifth element leads with presenter david amani interviewing bbc arabic's shahdi alkashif

"First we're going to hear from Shahdi Alkashif from BBC Arabic. He's been reporting from the conflict in Gaza which has shocked and disturbed so many people, including prominent world leaders, because of the number of civilian casualties."
"Stories from the Frontline: Gaza: How do you cope when your home is a conflict zone?
For the last month, BBC Arabic's Shahdi Alkashif has been sleeping on the floor of his office in Gaza.
Shahdi has been on the ground reporting the war for BBC Arabic, and he reflects on how this is affecting life for him and his family."

(if you missed it, available from 0:00:40 to 0:06:40 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023zx1p)

JBBC MEMO 427

last friday (8th august), 1.07-1.19pm, and 9.36-9.46pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by rebecca kesby and julian marshall) leads with the resumption of the gaza conflict, and includes …

"The man who dared to film Hamas."

and includes interviews with …
mark regev
• associate professor mkhaimar abusada of al-azhar university, gaza
• bbc reporter lyse doucet from southern israel
tamar and tamar who operate israel's mmr ("raz") defence system
• indian journalist sreenivasan jain
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:50 to 0:13:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023zx1r and from 0:30:00 to 0:39:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023zx2k)

JBBC MEMO 428

last saturday morning (9th august), 7.32-7.43am, on bbc radio 4
today
baroness varsi, interviewed about her resignation over gaza by mishal husain, declines to comment on her failure to speak out against hamas's rockets, and says that the distinction between gaza and muslim massacres of christians and other muslims is that israel/palestine has nothing to do with religion!

(1:34:58, Husain:) "But what many people feel is that your sense of outrage over Hamas's actions, over the thousands of rockets that were fired towards Israel, some of them landing within Israel, in the last few weeks, you didn't speak out about that, and you're also not speaking out about the extremist actions of Muslims in parts of the world, such as Syria and most notably at the moment Iraq, where Christians are being massacred?"
(1:35:20, Varsi:) "First of all let me say something very clearly. This dispute in Israel and this crisis is not a crisis between two religions. It has therefore got nothing to do with whether or not somebody is a Christian or a Muslim or indeed Jewish."

(if you missed it, available from 1:32:00 to 1:43:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04d0hxn)

JBBC MEMO 429

last saturday morning (9th august), 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent leads with tim whewell reporting from netiv haasara, where thai worker manee singmueangphon was killed by the hamas rocket he was photographing, on israelis' fears of hamas
(if you missed it, available from 0:01:40 to 0:07:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04d0hxv)

JBBC MEMO 430

yesterday afternoon (sunday 10th), 1.12-1.24pm, on bbc radio 4
the world this weekend includes shaun ley reporting from manchester on the fears of jews, including interviews with …
• rabbi mark goldstone
• ISM propagandist adie mormech
anthony julius
(if you missed it, available from 0:12:10 to 0:23:50 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04d0yc0)

JBBC MEMO 431

yesterday afternoon (sunday 10th), 3.30-4.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
boston calling presented by marco werman leads with marco interviewing peter beinart, author of "the crisis in zionism" …

"Generational Divide: The American Jewish community is divided over the conflict in Gaza."

(if you missed it, available from 0:01:00 to 0:05:50 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024fxzc)

JBBC MEMO 432

yesterday afternoon (sunday 10th), 1.47-1.54pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes a recital of the underground ghetto city of gaza, a science fiction article in haaretz by arab-israeli screenwriter amir nizar zuabi

"Having despaired of the world, of the fear, of the blood, the only refuge left to us was the earth. We buried ourselves alive …"
"All of Gaza has moved underground, we dug an entire neighbourhood … We dug mirror images of the land above that we abandoned …"
"At first we could still hear the clamor of Tel Aviv above us. We heard the propaganda herds shouting “Death to Gaza,” “Death to artists,” “Death to anyone who doesn’t applaud,” “Death to anyone who doesn’t toe the line,” “Death to life.” And we heard the sound of the footsteps that grew more and more organized, until they became a military march that trampled all."

and of course includes an interview with …
• arab-israeli screenwriter amir nizar zuabi
(if you missed it, available from 0:41:30 to 0:48:20 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0244jd1)

JBBC MEMO 433

this morning (thursday 14th), 7.32-7.42am, on bbc radio 4
today includes religious affairs (formerly defence) correspondent caroline wyatt reporting from brighton on the fears of jews,
followed by interviews with …
ibrahim mogra, assistant secretary-general of the mcb …

(01:35:00) "I think we need to have a fresh look at Moslem/Jewish relations in our country, Palestine/Israel has to be at the forefront of much of our discussion, the priority is maintaining good relations between British Moslems and Jews, but in light of continuing wars in Palestine, i don't believe we can carry on with business as usual, there has to be a shift, and i have already made this suggestion to the Chief Rabbi."

• rabbi danni rich
chief rabbi ephraim mirvis
(if you missed it, available from 01:31:50 to 01:42:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04d4rbh)

JBBC MEMO 434

Palestinian (but not Israeli) trauma

this afternoon (thursday 14th), 5.00-6.00pm, on bbc radio 4
pm includes kevin connolly reporting on the "sad truth of being a reporter" – of having to report on the emotional scars and private agonies caused by years of conflict on the children of gaza, but not on the children of southern israel

(0:35:12) "But there's plenty of the kind of damage you can't see too, it sometimes feels like everyone here is nursing emotional scars that don't show, or helping someone they love to nurse theirs. … quiet private agonies …"
(0:39:43) "It's a sad truth of being a reporter, that we know that when the rocket attacks on Israel and the missile strikes on Gaza eventually come to an end, this will fade from the headlines for a time, but for the bereaved and for the shell-shocked who find their traumas replaying unbidden in their dreams at night, it might not ever fade."

(if you missed it, available from 0:34:10 to 0:40:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04d4v3t)

JBBC MEMO 434A

Palestinian (but not Israeli) broken hearts and haunted minds

this afternoon (friday 15th), 2.41-2.48pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour repeats
the same report for an international audience, this time with the following added introduction about broken hearts and haunted minds written by julian marshall

(0:35:50) "But what about the damage you can't see, the broken hearts and haunted minds? As the guns fell silent, Kevin Connolly travelled through Gaza asking when if ever traumatised people start to heal."

(if you missed it, available from 0:35:15 to 0:41:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024dzq1)

JBBC MEMO 436

last saturday morning (16th august), 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent includes …

"The six-year-olds in Gaza who've already lived through three wars."

(if you miss it, available from 0:07:00 to 0:12:20 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04dh08v)

JBBC MEMO 437

last saturday evening (16th august), 7.05-7.30pm, on al jazeera english (freeview channel 108)
khaled meshaal interviewed by martine dennis (in the talk to al jazeera series)

"Hamas' political leader discusses the latest outbreak of fighting in the Gaza Strip and the issues behind the conflict."

(see aslo http://www.aljazeera.com/Services/Search/?q=meshaal)
(if you missed it, available at http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2014/08/khaled-meshaal...)

JBBC MEMO 433A

this afternoon (monday 18th), 2.35-2.43pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour presented by razia iqbal
repeats last thursday's report on the today programme (see memo 433 above) by religious affairs (formerly defence) correspondent caroline wyatt reporting from brighton on the fears of jews,
but omitting the concluding interview with the chief rabbi
and replacing it with an interview with …
hannah weisfeld, director of yachad, a "pro-israel pro-peace movement" alleging a reluctance of british jews to say in public what they say in private, and claiming that yachad had galvanised the Jewish community
(0:35:09) "I don't think it's the case that no-one will criticise Israel, I think when tensions are heightened as they are today, people feel really nervous about saying anything which is going to separate them from the community. And so, especially in light of the increase in anti-semitism there is a sort of desire to say, well you know I mean they're going to keep quiet about what I think or I'm just going to march behind what the mainstream Jewish community is saying. So what you don't hear for example at the moment is the very public debate about how we move on from this war, and how you look forward, So, on the basis that this is the third time this war has been fought in six years, there isn't that much of a conversation going on in our community today about how we don't find ourselves back here two years from now."
(0:35:54) "Are you saying that that debate is not taking place at all, or it's just not taking place publicly?"
(0:35:58) "It's not taking place publicly right now. I think in moments of peacetime you know when there is a lower level of violence, it does take place more increasingly in the public domain, I think at the moment it's taking place around very anxiety-ridden family conversations, people feeling very uncomfortable for lots of different reasons, either because they're feeling uncomfortable as Jews in light of what's happened in the backlash the Jewish community has got, they're feeling uncomfortable because they don't fully support Israel's actions or they just feel deeply distressed by the images on their television. I think a lot of that conversation is happening behind closed doors and not in the public domain."
(0:36:37) "So what is it that you would be prepared to say publicly that you're only currently saying privately?"
(0:36:40) "Well I can tell you for example what we've been doing as an organisation is that we came out probably two weeks into this war and galvanised the Jewish community, and thousands of people, to stand up and say we think there should be a ceasefire, and urgent resumption of long-term peace negotiations, and over a thousand people signed that letter, many of them were rabbis, and I think it was really a sign of the fact that there were people looking for a space in the public domain to say actually we are concerned, and until we launched that letter it hadn't existed at all."
(0:37:11) "An indication of how sensitive this issue is for Jewish communities in the diaspora is manifest in an advert that the Jewish Chronicle newspaper in this country carried of the Disasters Emergency Committee, this is a group of charities, and it was a national and international appeal for humanitarian assistance for the people of Gaza. The Jewish Chronicle felt that they had to apologise for placing that advert in their newspaper. I mean that in a way for many people listening would be maybe an apology too far, because there's a difference isn't there between saying we don't endorse what the Israeli government's doing, but we have empathy for the Palestinian people?"
(0:37:50) "Absolutely, and I think what's very important let's be clear about is they didn't apologise for placing the advert, they apologised for having offended some of their readership. I think what's important here is to note that there are many people inside the Jewish community that desperately want to reach out across the divide."

(see also http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/comment/120862/time-reward-moder...)
(if you missed it, available from 0:30:00 to 0:38:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024mfl6)

JBBC MEMO 441

yesterday (tuesday 19th), 2.50-2.54pm, and 9.36-9.46pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by razia iqbal and julian marshall) includes …

"Israel resumes air strikes."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter mark lobel from jerusalem
• bbc reporter yolande nell from gaza city
(if you missed it, available from 0:45:00 to 0:48:45 at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024mync and from 0:45:00 to 0:48:40 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024myp6)

JBBC MEMO 442

this afternoon (wednesday 20th), 2.37-2.47pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by owen bennett jones) includes interviews with …
naftali bennett
husam zomlot of fatah
(if you missed it, available from 0:32:00 to 0:42:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024pljs)

JBBC MEMO 443

this afternoon (thursday 21st), 1.31-1.40pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by owen bennett jones) includes …

"3 Hamas leaders killed"

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter yolande nell from jerusalem
abdel bari atwan, editor of rai al-youm news website
(if you missed it, available from 0:26:30 to 0:35:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024r9pr)

JBBC MEMO 445

this afternoon (friday 22nd) on bbc radio 4 (repeated on sunday evening, 8.00-8.30pm)
more or less (presented by tim harford, assisted by ruth alexander) examines …

"The body count in Gaza"

(if you missed it, available from 0:15:00 to 0:21:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04dqyh4)

JBBC MEMO 447

monday 18th august, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
hardtalk: pro-gaza activist dr mads gilbert

"Mads Gilbert is an outspoken political activist on behalf of the Palestinian cause.
Does this interfere with his work as a medic and humanitarian in Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza?
He talks to Zeinab Badawi."

(still available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04f04ky/hardtalk-dr-mads-gilbert-d...)

JBBC MEMO 448

yesterday evening (tuesday 26th), 6.05-7.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
world have your say, presented by ben james
leads with phone-in on gaza truce with contributions from …
farah, 16, from gaza city
lahav harkov of the jerusalem post from tel aviv
• bbc reporter kevin connolly from jerusalem
• intern dr bassel abuwarda (26) of al shifa hospital, tweeter (see also MEMO 417)
shoshana from near jerusalem
xavier abu eid, of the palestinian authority, from ramallah
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:00 to 0:31:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0251y2n)

JBBC MEMO 449

yesterday evening (tuesday 26th), 9.35-9.47pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

"new Gaza ceasefire"

and includes interviews with …
ghazi hamad of hamas
mark regev
• bbc middle east editor jeremy bowen
(if you missed it, available from 0:30:00 to 0:42:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0251y31)

JBBC MEMO 451

yesterday evening (27th august), 9.32-9.40pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

"Egypt opens Gaza crossing"

and …

"Life in the Golan Heights"

and includes interviews with …
pablo ricardo of the world food programme
david stillman from ein zivan
(if you missed it, available from 0:27:25 to 0:35:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0253htx or http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/newshour)

JBBC MEMO 452

early this morning (thursday 28th), 12.30-12.55am and 4.30-4.55am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80) (repeated 10.35-11.00pm on bbc 2)
hardtalk: yuval steinitz

"With a ceasefire now in place in Gaza, the Israeli government faces a simple question: what exactly did Operation Protective Edge achieve? For all the death and destruction in Gaza, has Israel's position been strengthened or weakened?
Stephen Sackur speaks to Israel's Minister of Intelligence, Yuval Steinitz. Does Israel need a strategic rethink?"

(already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04hcjwp/hardtalk)


happygoldfish

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:50

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JBBC MEMO 438

thursday 24th july, 9.00-9.45pm, on itv
diamond geezers and gold dealers

"Documentary taking a behind-the-scenes look at the unique world of Hatton Garden, the main jewellery quarter of London, and following some of the area's distinctive characters."

(see also http://www.thejc.com/arts/arts-features/120855/diamond-geezers-and-gold-...)
(if you missed it, still available at https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/diamond-geezers-and-gold-dealers/series-1/...)

For SCoJeC
August 18, 2014
MEMO 405 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_405_18_august_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 439

this morning (monday 18th), 9.50-10.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
more or less examines anti-semitism

"Is anti-Semitism on the rise?
Ruth Alexander and James Fletcher look at the numbers, as media reports in the wake of the Gaza conflict suggest anti-Semitism is a growing problem.
Does the evidence support the claims?"

(already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024dzqm)

JBBC MEMO 440

this evening (monday 18th), 7.15-7.45pm, on bbc radio 4
front row

"John Wilson talks to Man Booker prize winner Howard Jacobson about his new novel, J, set in a dystopian future where the past is a dangerous country."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04dk89t)

JBBC MEMO 352G

this evening (thursday 21st), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 2
the honourable woman (last of 8 weekly episodes)

"8. The Paring Knife: Hayden-Hoyle uncovers that Nessa has been manipulated both by people close to her and by governments intent on exploiting her work. A thrilling climax in the desert wastelands sees Nessa fighting to save both her life and that of the kidnapped child as she attempts to make her way home."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04fhm8c)

JBBC MEMO 444

this afternoon (thursday 21st), 1.40-1.45pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by owen bennett jones) includes …

"Anti-semitism in Denmark"

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter malcolm brabant from nørrebro, cophenhagen
jonathan souza
rasmus yalo
(see also http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/184183#.U_YBp4W0Z2o)
(if you missed it, available from 0:35:00 to 0:39:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024r9pr)

JBBC MEMO 446

last friday evening (22nd august), 9.43-9.47pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by owen bennett jones) includes a repeat of helen bamber's talk about entering bergen-belsen concentration camp
(if you missed it, available from 0:38:45 to 0:42:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024tkm8)

JBBC MEMO 383A

thursday 24th july, 12.00-2.00pm, on bbc radio 2
jeremy vine includes …

"Is the Israel/Gaza conflict causing a rise in anti-Semitism in Britain? Emma Barnett and Alexei Sayle discuss"
(0:05:28) Alexei Sayle: "I hate Jihadists, I hate muslim fundamentalists, I also hate Israeli fundamentalism, and that's what Emma Barnett is supporting: she's supporting the murder of children, the murder of women, that's what she's supporting, from a fascist, Zionist ideology. And that's what this article is – it's dressed-up propaganda."

["this article" – subtitled "It is terrifying to see those who oppose Israel’s war in Gaza turn against all Jews" – was in the telegraph of 23rd july]
(if you missed it, still available from 0:00:00 to 0:06:43 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023hwkh)

JBBC MEMO 450

this afternoon (wednesday 27th), 2.36-2.43pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by razia iqbal) includes interviews with …
• arab-israeli film producer suha arraf
(if you missed it, available from 0:31:30 to 0:38:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0253ht5)

JBBC MEMO 178A

this evening (wednesday 27th), 10.25-10.40pm, on bbc radio 3:
cutting tradition: male circumcision (essay 9 of 10 in the radio 3 free thinking festival) (repeated from november 2013)

"What do recent debates among medical ethicists and lawyers over male infant circumcision reveal about the different ways we view male and female bodies?
Rebecca Steinfeld, from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, looks at changing attitudes to religious traditions involving genital cutting."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g2yj1)

JBBC MEMO 453

this morning (thursday 28th), 8.44-8.50am, on bbc radio 4
today includes john humphries interviewing vivian wineman of the board of deputies and dr shuja shafi of the muslim council of britain on their joint statement (http://www.mcb.org.uk/jews-and-muslims-call-for-peace/), which although it condemns violence or intimidation, is silent on blaming british jews for the actions of israel

(2:46:20) Humphries "So scrawling "Free Gaza" on a synagogue would be something you would say just do not do that, to people in your community?"
(2:46:31) Shafi "I think what this joint statement is about also is that we recognise that for Palestine and Israel conflict is concerned, there are deeply held views among the communities, and that is politically right for them to have it's a right for them to have, and that should not be in any way curtailed. But what we need to understand is that there's a proper way of how we conduct this, and there is no room for anti-semitism islamophobia or any type of hatred."
(2:47:10) Humphries "But scrawling "Free Gaza" on the door of a synagogue would count as anti-semitism in your view, would it?"
(2:47:17) Shafi "Erm …"
(2:47:19) Humphries "Well, you're a bit unsure?"
Shafi "No"
Humphries "I'm sure Vivian Wineman would consider, would you consider it anti-semitic?"
(2:47:24) "Absolutely, "
(2:47:26) Shafi "We would have no hesitation in saying anything that is anti-semitic should not be [inaudible]"
(2:47:31) Humphries "But would scrawling "Free Gaza" on the door of a synagogue count as anti-semitism in your view?"
(2:47:36) Shafi "Well, it's a rule that perhaps we should follow and respect, and say this is probably not the way to do it, but there are other ways of doing it."

apparently, since "Free Gaza" is not in itself anti-semitic, the mcb has not yet accepted that scrawling it on a synagogue accuses british jews as jews of being responsible for the actions of israel, and thereby stirs up racial hatred
(if you missed it, available from 2:44:25 to 2:49:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04fcs23)


StevenKalka

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:47

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A Jewish woman dismissed from jury duty because she claimed to be guilty is interviewed on Radio 4 Sunday at 10 AM.


happygoldfish

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 09:02

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JBBC MEMO 454

this afternoon (monday 1st), 2.32-35pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour presented by razia iqbal includes …

"Mark Lobel visits Tel Aviv and Bethlehem to find the effect of the Gaza conflict on Israeli and West Bank tourism"

and includes interviews with …
• jerusalem tour guide david tau
• tourism minister yair lapid
• bethlehem shopkeeper elias abu daneem
(if you missed it, available from 0:26:45 to 0:29:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p025ffrj)

For SCoJeC
September 1, 2014
MEMO 406 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_406_1_september_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 455

this afternoon (monday 1st), 2.50-2.57pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour presented by razia iqbal ends with …

"James Coomarasamy interviews novelist Ian McEwan"
(0:51:13) "The best bit of Israel, which is represented in writers like Amoz Oz and David Grossman, is very much in retreat, overwhelmed by a kind of sense of panic. I have no time for Hamas. But I think in this case the Israeli Defence Force has been disproportionately violent."
"How should intellectuals react, though, you say that the liberal Israeli authors are in retreat: how should Western writers react?"
"Go there, engage: I gave a formal lecture in receiving the Jerusalem Prize, I was as strong against Hamas as against the ethnic cleansing, really, of East Jerusalem. So, engage!"
"Do you relish the fact that you have the platform to talk about these issues, or would you prefer to be a writer who simply talks about his books, his novels?"
"Probably the latter, probably I've already gone too far. Being misunderstood and misquoted is (you must know better than anyone) an occupational hazard, and public rows involve a great deal of "I didn't say that, I said this", and at some point I think, Oh I just want to get on with what I do."

(if you missed it, available from 0:45:00 to 0:52:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p025ffrj)

JBBC MEMO 456

this afternoon (monday 1st), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4
holy spirit (in the beyond belief series)

"The blessing "In the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit" is much used in Christianity. But what do we mean by the term Holy Spirit? Belief in the Holy Spirit is a cardinal tenet of the Christian faith, while Muslims and Jews talk of the "Spirit of God."
Whilst there is some common ground between the faiths, the differences in the interpretation of the Holy Spirit go to the heart of what marks the Abrahamic faiths apart.
Ernie Rae explores the Holy Spirit with Loveday Alexander, Professor Emeritus in New Testament Studies at Sheffield University, Sajjad Rizvi, Associate Professor of Islamic Intellectual History at the University of Exeter and Laura Janner Klausner, from the Movement for Reform Judaism."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04fz0wv)

JBBC MEMO 457

this afternoon (tuesday 2nd), 1.50-1.58pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by razia iqbal) ends with …

"Daniel Barenboim's 'Orchestra for Peace'."

(if you missed it, available from 0:44:55 to 0:52:55 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p025gvds)

JBBC MEMO 458

online only, from an independent canadian studio, https://www.youtube.com/user/coreygilshuster
palestinians, what do you know/think of the holocaust? (part of the ask an israeli/ask a palestinian series)
(available at http://www.timesofisrael.com/anything-that-happens-to-the-jews-they-will...)

JBBC MEMO 459

early yesterday morning (tuesday 2nd), 12.30-1.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
hardtalk: secretary-general yasser abed rabbo

"Stephen Sackur speaks to Yasser Abed Rabbo, the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Executive Committee.
He was a senior member of the Palestinian negotiating team in the years after the Oslo Peace Accords were signed with Israel.
In the wake of the 50 day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, where does the Palestinian quest for statehood stand?"

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04gbc1j/hardtalk-yasser-abed-rabbo...)

JBBC MEMO 460

early yesterday morning (tuesday 2nd), 4.30-5.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
hardtalk: controversial israeli journalist gideon levy
propaganda: the bbc (which almost invariably uses a studio for HARDtalk) deliberately starts this interview with three minutes of walking along a sunny tel-aviv promenade, so that gideon levy can try to give the impression that the carefree mindset of people relaxing on the beach is characteristic of tel-avivians in their everyday lives!

"Stephen Sackur speaks to Gideon Levy, a journalist who has made it his mission to tell Israelis what it really means to live in an occupying power. He calls himself a truth-teller but many Israelis see him as a traitor."
(0:01:05) "Try and characterise for me the mindset of people who live here."
(0:01:11) "If you look around you on this beach, I can show you that nobody, but nobody, deals rights now with the occupation, with the atrocities in this war, with the future of this place, they're all deep in their private worlds. And I've nothing against it, but this is blindness, this is denial, because the problems will not solve, because half-an-hour away from here, there are two, three, million Palestinians living under a brutal occupation, and as long as those beaches will be as peaceful as they are, and the beaches of Gaza will be full of ruins and dead bodies, this cannot go on like this, it's really living in denial."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04gbc7g/hardtalk-gideon-levy-journ...)

JBBC MEMO 461

yesterday evening (tuesday 2nd), 9.06-9.20pm and 9.47-9.55pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour (presented by james menendez) leads with …

"The death of Steven Sotloff"

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter rajini vaidyanathan
shirley sotloff
matthew vandyke
janine di giovanni of newsweek
• professor frederick wherry
• middle east reporter rania abouzeid
• former uk ambassador to syria, and former chairman of MAP, andrew green
(if you missed it, available from 0:01:00 to 0:14:00 and from 0:42:30 to 0:50:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p025gvfm or http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/newshour)

JBBC MEMO 462

this evening (wednesday 3rd), 8.00-8.45pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 10.15pm this saturday)
jerusalem (in the agree to differ series)

"Agree to Differ is Radio 4's new discussion programme where the aim is to give listeners a completely new way to understand a controversial issue and to decide where they stand.
Presented by Matthew Taylor."

includes principal debaters …
• rabbi barry marcus
rafeef ziadah, senior campaigns officer at War on Want, and human rights activist with the Palestinian BDS National Committee

(0:16:25) Matthew: "Rafeef, to what extent is your argument that there was de facto a Palestinian state before 1948, for example, if you take that particular moment, the establishment of Israel?"
(0:16:36) Rafeef: "Historically, in that part of the world, even referring back to Roman times, that area was referred to as Palestine. There is a Palestinian nation, I am a Palestinian person, I know that within Israeli and Zionist mythology they say Palestinians don't exist, but the reality is Palestinians have always existed in that territory, and again I think the important part is to speak about human beings that are living in that area today, they should be able to have normal lives."

and clips from …
• daniel luria of the jerusalem reclamation project
• imaj geraja
• rebecca shaw, resident of the Old City
yusuf natsheh, chief archaeologist at the Haram al Sharif (Temple Mount)
• author yossi klein halevi
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04fzfxz)


happygoldfish

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:04

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JBBC MEMO 463

last saturday morning (6th september), 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent includes …

"Claudia Hammond discovers that many patients in Israel remain on life support for years"

(if you missed it, available from 0:17:10 to 0:22:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04g6kqt or http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/fooc)

For SCoJeC
September 8, 2014
MEMO 407 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_407_8_september_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 464

this morning (monday 8th), 8.35-8.50am, on cbbc tv (freeview channel 70 or 120)
arthur: is that kosher? (episode 3 of series 13)
"special appearance by Joan Rivers" as the voice of francine's bubba

"Francine is determined to fast on Yom Kippur just like her older sister, until Arthur wins a free pizza party for his friends."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00jtcr3/arthur-series-13-3-is-that...)

JBBC MEMO 465

every morning this week (monday 8th to friday 12th), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated just after midnight, the next morning, 12.30am)
sapiens: a brief history of humankind (in the book of the week series)

"Adrian Scarborough reads from Israeli macro-historian Yuval Noah Harari's ground-breaking account of humankind's remarkable history from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.
100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one.
Far-reaching and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human, ending with a look at what lies ahead for humankind."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04g7lhj)

JBBC MEMO 466

this afternoon (monday 8th), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4
religious history of iraq (in the beyond belief series)
includes an interview with former iraqi jew edmund shooka (0:11:35 to 0:16:20) …

"There have been Jews in Iraq for over 2,000 years. Today nearly all of them have fled, possibly never to return.
Edmund Shooka was born in Iraq. He describes himself as an Arab Jew."
"Today life for religious minorities in Northern Iraq is perilous as the militant Islamist group, Islamic State, continues to attack a range of diverse groups across the country in its pursuit of establishing a new Caliphate.
But in this programme Ernie Rea and guests explore how up until the 20th century Iraq was known as a harmonious melting pot of religious and ethnic diversity.
How true is that assessment? What has happened to change that? Is there any way for Iraq to step back from the brink? And could a Caliphate ever be part of the solution?
Joining Ernie Rea to discuss the current situation in Iraq from a religious perspective are Gerard Russell, former British and United Nations diplomat and author of "Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East"; Dr Erica Hunter, Senior Lecturer in Eastern Christianity in the Department of Religions at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London: and Dr Reza Pankhurst author of The Inevitable Caliphate."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04g8400)

JBBC MEMO 467

CORRECTION – this programme will now be broadcast next monday, 15th
this is the second time it has been postponed
this evening (monday 8th), 8.30-9.00pm, on bbc 1 (repeated early thursday morning, 4.30am, on bbc news tv: freeview channel 80 or 130)
the war of the tunnels (in the panorama series)

"For seven weeks Hamas rockets roared over the border into Israel while Israeli bombs pounded Gaza.
Panorama's Jane Corbin goes deep into the underground tunnels where battles have been fought to investigate the war that has devastated Gaza.
What has each side really gained in this war and can there be a solution to the conflict which is fuelling hatred and fear all over the world?"

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04gvc7q)

JBBC MEMO 468

this morning (tuesday 9th), 9.30-9.45am, on bbc radio 4
remembering chairman mao presented by rebecca kesby (in the witness series)

"The Chinese leader Mao Zedong died on September 9th 1976. American Sidney Rittenberg first met him in the 1940s and he spent half a century living in communist China. Hear his memories of one of the world's great revolutionaries."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04g8hr2)

JBBC MEMO 155A

tomorrow morning (wednesday 10th), 9.30-9.45am, on bbc radio 4
george weidenfeld (episode 3 of 5 in the publishing lives series) (repeated from october 2013)

"Writer and former publisher, Robert McCrum meets George Weidenfeld to talk about his extraordinary publishing life.
Weidenfeld left his native Austria at the time of the Anschluss in 1938, the last survivor of a remarkable band of European émigrés - including André Deutsch, Paul Hamlyn and Ernest Hecht - who transformed the clubby world of British publishing after the Second World War.
Gambler, opportunist, intellectual, socialite, and still working at 94, Weidenfeld is a living witness to the changes that have taken place in British publishing over the last century.
In 1955, the exiled Russian author Vladimir Nabokov's novel 'Lolita' was published in Paris. Graham Greene had recognised it as a masterpiece, but in England the story of an obsessive sexual relationship between a 12-year-old girl and a middle-aged man was too hot to handle.
Only Weidenfeld, an outsider standing apart from the Fifties cultural consensus, dared to take the gamble and defy the censor. 'Lolita' became Weidenfeld's first bestseller - 200,000 copies in hardback alone. It was a milestone for his publishing house and for English literature.
Featuring George Weidenfeld and Lady Antonia Fraser."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03bs78d)

JBBC MEMO 469

early tomorrow morning (friday 12th), 4.00-4.45am, on bbc 2
children of the holocaust animation: eyewitness accounts from history, brought to life in animation for a young audience
includes interviews with …
ruth rogoff (1933), from zwickau
martin kapel (1930), from leipzig
trude silman (1929), from bratislava
heinz skyte (1920), from fuerth
arek hersh (1928), from sieradz
suzanne rappaport-ripton (1936), from paris

"Elderly survivors recount their childhood experiences of Nazi atrocities; their escape from occupied mainland Europe to Britain; adapting to life in the UK; and the impact on their lives subsequently.
Heinz, a 13-year-old boy who witnesses the effects of anti-Jewish laws, Nazi demonstrations and pogroms, escapes persecution in Germany only to be arrested as an 'enemy alien' in Britain.
Trude, a frightened nine-year-old brought to England without her family on the Kindertransport, struggles to adapt to life in Britain away from her parents.
Resourceful 14-year-old Arek survives against all odds in appalling conditions in the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Suzanne, age six, is violently separated from her parents in Nazi-occupied Paris. Deprived of her family, freedom and education, she is hidden in the countryside and forced to work on a farm.
We also get a chance to meet the real-life survivors today in short, on-camera interviews, which reflect on the effect these experiences have had on their adult lives. They discuss why it is important to keep alive the memory of those who were murdered by the Nazis and the need for Holocaust education, and they appeal for humanity to stay vigilant so that the world may never see these horrific events repeated."
"Arek Hersh was a 14-year-old Jewish boy when he arrived, after two days of travel in a sealed waggon, at the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Born in the Polish town of Sieradz he describes the opening of the waggons and being greeted by angry dogs, barb-wire fences and SS Guards. Very quickly the separation of men on one side and women with children on the other, known as ‘Selection’, took place and Arek quickly ran to the line with the men recognising early that he had a better chance of survival.
His selection was being overseen by Mengele, an SS officer and physician in Auschwitz during World War II notorious for the selection of victims to be killed in the gas chambers and for performing unscientific and often deadly human experiments on prisoners.
The line with the women and children was sent straight to the gas chambers and murdered on arrival.
Tattooed with the number B7608, Arek had his only photographs of his family ripped away from him and given an oversized and ill-fitting striped uniform and he relates the constant battle against disease and lice experienced by the prisoners. Arek discusses the cramped and squalid sleeping barracks where upwards of 1000 men were kept together in virtual starvation and how the constant hunger kept him thinking about food.
The war and the Holocaust destroyed 81 members of his immediate family and only his sister survived."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zx5g7)
(trailer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021qj4x)

JBBC MEMO 470

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"

"The rockets and missiles fly, from Israel into Gaza, from Gaza into Israel. It's the latest iteration of the conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbours which has flared since the very founding of the Jewish state in 1948.
Accompanying the conflict has been an unprecedented level of media coverage. And almost nothing is uncontested. Every sentence, every word of a news report is parsed for signs of bias by individuals and organisations dedicated to ensuring a fair deal for their point of view. Coverage is measured in minutes and seconds of airtime. Media organisations stand accused, by both sides, of prejudice, systemic bias and deliberate distortion.
Why does this particular conflict, above all others, attract the attention it does? And why does it create such strong emotion, even among those with no connection to the region?
John Lloyd, a contributing editor at the Financial Times, examines the evolution of coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the founding of Israel to the present day.
With contributions from journalists and those who monitor them, Lloyd asks why there is such focus both on the conflict itself and on those who report it. He traces the way reporting has developed from the early television age, through the introduction of 24-hour news channels to the inception of social media. And he examines the challenges of reporting fairly and accurately on a conflict in which every assertion is contested."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04gnhnv)


happygoldfish

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 09:00

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JBBC MEMO 471

this evening (monday 15th), 8.00-9.00pm on channel four seven tv (freeview channel 47) (repeated from 8.00pm yesterday on channel 4)
the real noah's ark: secret history

"The astonishing story of Dr Irving Finkel, a world expert on ancient Babylon, and his incredible discovery of a 4000-year-old tablet that sheds new light on the iconic and world famous biblical tale of Noah's Ark.
Having spent 20 years translating the tablet, Dr Finkel sets out to show that the biblical narrative originated from stories that had been embedded in Sumerian and Babylonian society and literature for thousands of years. He also casts new light on the shape of the ark, believing that it was round.
The ancient clay tablet, discovered on a mantelpiece in a UK suburban home, is inscribed with the world's oldest language. It tells of the story of Noah and the great flood and gives precise and detailed instructions on how to build an ark.
Inspired by his find, Dr Finkel and a team of archaeological boat builders set out to build a real Noah's ark and discover if the ancient immense coracle-shaped boat can float.
This iconic and universal story in human history is one of the most epic stories in three of the world's greatest religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
This tablet and Dr Finkel's dedicated research and discoveries provide a fascinating new perspective on this pivotal religious story."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.channel4.com/search/?q=The+Real+Noah%27s+Ark)
(see also JBBC MEMO 245, 10th february, http://www.thejc.com/blogs/scojec/memo-356#comment-39613)
see also http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10574119/Noahs-Ark-the-facts-be... and http://elliotjager.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/meeting-irving-finkel.html

For SCoJeC
September 15, 2014
MEMO 408 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_408_15_september_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 467A

this evening (monday 15th), 8.30-9.00pm, on bbc 1 (repeated early thursday morning, 4.30am, on bbc news tv: freeview channel 80 or 130)
the war of the tunnels (in the panorama series) (postponed twice)

NOPE! now postponed THREE times!!!

(reasons: i] child abuse ii] ISIS iii] referendum)

now next tuesday evening (23rd september), 10.35-11.05pm, on bbc 1
the war of the tunnels (in the panorama series) (postponed thrice!!!)

JBBC MEMO 472

last sunday morning (14th september), 9.00-10.00am on bbc1
the andrew marr show includes alex salmond contrasting unspeakable barbarism, atrocities, and extremism with the policies of the state of Israel

(0:20:19) "It's an act of unspeakable barbarism that we've seen. Obviously, our condolences go to the family members of David Haines, who've borne this with such fortitude in recent months … David himself has spent many years in Scotland. We'll be convening our resilience meeting at 10.30 [Scottish version of COBRA] … to look at our specific responsibilities in these matters, we've had a number of meetings … there's also a wider responsibility to the communities of Scotland, very important in these difficult international times that we hold our communities together – I mean, for example, the Muslim community of Scotland isn't responsible in any shape or form for atrocities or extremism in [interrupted: "So there's community relations to be thought about?"] Just like a few weeks ago, the Jewish community of Scotland wasn't responsible for the policies of the state of Israel. Now, thankfully, we have strong communities, and therefore we haven't had difficulty in that, but it's something you must have total vigilance, and the message has to go out, of course, that any aggravated racial or religious attack will be met with the full force of the law, and will not be tolerated."

(if you missed it, available from 0:20:10 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04j2r2g/the-andrew-marr-show-14092...)
see also http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/122638/alex-salmond-compares-israel-is...

JBBC MEMO 473

yesterday evening (thursday 18th), 9.54-9.58pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james menendez) concludes with the 12 jews still living in egypt

"There used to be about 100,000 Jews in Egypt, most of them were forced to leave in the 1950s and 60s, Egypt was at war with Israel, and the government suspected that many of them were spies. Now only a handful are left, and they fear their culture and heritage will soon be gone."

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter sally nabil from cairo
magda haroun (see also http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/70015/Egypt/Politics-/Magda...)
lucy shaoul
(if you missed it, available from 0:49:15 to 0:53:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p026g1hh)

JBBC MEMO 12A

tomorrow evening (saturday 20th), 9.00-11.05pm, on bbc 2 (previously shown on bbc 4, when it was followed by a documentary, death camp treblinka: survivor stories, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01m1l9w)
defiance (2008), starring daniel craig (who also starred in Munich, 2005, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_%28film%29)

"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."

(not available on iplayer)
(see http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt1034303/)

JBBC MEMO 474

last friday evening (19th september), 7.15-7.45pm, on bbc radio 4
front row leads with kirsty lang interviewing zach braff

(0:01:19) "We start with a Jewish-American actor and comedian who writes and stars in his own films: Zach Braff is like a younger Los Angeles-based version of Woody Allen …"
(0:03:40) "Jewishness is another theme in this movie, the character has to take his two kids out of a very religious Jewish school because it's private and he can't afford the fees, and home-school them, and a lot of the humour comes from the various rabbis at the school and in his life, but also his own attitude to religion, because he's quite conflicted, isn't he?"
"Well, he, like I, was raised quite religious, and he's become a secular man …"

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04gyrk3)


happygoldfish

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:54

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JBBC MEMO 475

every morning this week (monday 22nd to friday 26th), 5.43-5.45am, on bbc radio 4
prayer for the day with rabbi jonathan wittenberg on …
• forgiveness
•• helen bamber
••• new year: the book of life
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04htckf)
For SCoJeC
September 22, 2014
MEMO 409 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_409_22_september_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 226A

this afternoon (monday 22nd), 3.30-4.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107) (repeated from january)
generation unexpected: poland's jewish renaissance (in the heart and soul series)

"Over the past decade Poland has been experiencing what many are calling a Jewish Renaissance - fuelled by a new unexpected generation of young Poles intent on discovering their Jewish roots.
Nowhere is this more evident in Kazimierz, Krakow's old Jewish Quarter. This once derelict neighbourhood is now home to one of Europe's most vibrant and trendiest cafe and bar scenes. Restaurants boasting "kosher" menus and with their names spelt out in Hebrew lettering are filled with both tourists and locals. And every summer tens of thousands more come for the city's annual festival of Jewish music, theatre and film. But what role, if any, has the Jewish faith played in this revival?
Krakow's Jewish Community Centre (JCC) was opened in 2008 and offers a popular mix of Hebrew and Yiddish language lessons and introductory religious courses as well as yoga, a choir and even a social club for 30-somethings to the local community - both Jews and Gentiles alike.
Jonathan Ornstein, the centre's director, encourages this mix. He believes that since the fall of communism in the 1990s, Poles have become more open and ready to embrace cultural and religious difference.
Rabbi Avi Baumol tells Heart and Soul a similar story. Since he arrived in Krakow he has met dozens of people who only recently discovered they had Jewish ancestry. Many of those have come to him and to the JCC in the hope of finding a sense of identity and of community.
For those like Swavek and Isa practising their Jewish faith has played a crucial role in their journey. Others, like Ishbel, after experimenting with orthodoxy, decide to adopt a more secular lifestyle while still very much considering themselves Jewish.
As Anna McNamee discovers as she travels to Poland, regardless of their optimism there remains a question of how sustainable the Jewish Renaissance will be. Jewish life was all but extinguished by the Nazis during World War Two. What remained was driven underground under communism.
In 2011, only 7,508 Poles identified themselves as Jews. And, last November, Poland's Independence Day was marked by far-right demonstrations in both Warsaw and Krakow - an uncomfortable reminder for many of Poland's turbulent past.
Can the enthusiasm and energy of young Poles ensure that the Jewish Renaissance is more than just a historical blip?"

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p026lnp2)

JBBC MEMO 476

tomorrow evening (tuesday 23rd), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3
language with steven pinker and will self (in the free thinking series)

"Steven Pinker's research at Harvard is into language and cognition. His new book The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century explores the links between syntax and ideas.
Will Self experiments with language and literary form. Will Self's new book Shark links an incident in World War II with an American resident in a therapeutic community in London overseen by psychiatrist Zack Busner.
They join Matthew Sweet for a Free Thinking programme about language."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04hysms)

JBBC MEMO 467B

this evening (tuesday 23rd), 10.40-11.10pm, on bbc 1
the war of the tunnels (in the panorama series) (postponed thrice!!!)

JBBC MEMO 200A

tomorrow morning (wednesday 24th), 9.30-10.00am, on channel 4 tv
frasier: star mitzvah

"Frasier wants to impress everyone by giving his sons Barmitzvah blessing in Hebrew. He recruits his co-worker Noel to teach it to him, but in exchange Noel asks Frasier to get an autograph for him at a Star Trek convention. When Frasier fails to do so, Noel teaches him the blessing in Klingon to get revenge."

(not available online)

JBBC MEMO 477

this evening (wednesday 24th), 10.00-10.26pm, on bbc radio 3
howard jacobson' s latest novel: J (in the free thinking series)

"Philip Dodd talks to Howard Jacobson about his dystopian new novel J which has been shortlisted for the Man Booker."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0278skw)

JBBC MEMO 478

sunday evening (28th september), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9 or 106)
david bomberg: prophet in no man's land (3rd of 3 episodes of britain at war: bomberg, sickert and nash)

"In the years preceding 1914, David Bomberg, Walter Sickert and Paul Nash set out to paint a new world, but, as the century unfolded, found themselves working in the rubble.
David Bomberg is now recognised as the most startlingly original British painter of his generation, but died in obscurity more than half a century ago.
A Jewish immigrant from London's east end, his early modernist works pushed art to its limits.
Fighting at the Somme, David Bomberg watched the world splinter and fall apart just like the works of art he had created. Bomberg spent the rest of his life searching for order in an increasingly disordered world, and his wanderings took him as far as Palestine, before he settled at the end of his life in Ronda, Spain.
When he died in 1957, embattled and in poverty, he seemed to be no more than a footnote in the history of British art. However, the works that survive David Bomberg tell their own story. Combative and iconoclastic, he remains the most elusively original British painter of the 20th century."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04jvlk2)

JBBC MEMO 479

sunday night (28th september), 11.30pm-12.00, on bbc radio 4
may his memory be a blessing (in the something understood series)

"Within the Jewish tradition, it's common to use the honorific 'may his memory be a blessing' when writing of the dead.
The composer Michael Zev Gordon uses this phrase to reflect on the idea that so much of what we are is locked in memory, but that we only grasp this fully when it starts to slip away.
He draws on writings by Proust and W.G.Sebald, poems by Carol Ann Duffy and Marjorie Agosin, and musical excerpts from JS Bach, Thomas Ades, Robert Schumann, his own piano piece entitled 'On Memory' and the music hall song that was one of his father's last triggers to memory and identity, 'Daisy Bell'."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04jhl50)

JBBC MEMO 480

last wednesday evening (24th september), 7.32-8.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
when are we dead?: the entire programme is about israeli law and practice, including the law of the dying patient (episode 5 of 6 in the the truth about life and death series)

"Huge advances in technology now mean people can be kept alive longer, blurring the boundary between life and death. This intensifies the dilemmas for doctors, patients and their families. Different cultures and religions have reacted in a variety of ways - from preserving life at all costs, to euthanasia, with many countries sitting somewhere in between.

Claudia Hammond visits Jerusalem in Israel to explore how the religions there, shaped over many centuries, have adapted to medical advances at the end of life. She discovers how Ariel Sharon’s final years, ventilated to keep him alive, illustrate the pivotal role religion plays.

Jewish law forbids any act which could hasten a person’s death. So, unlike many countries around the world, Israeli law prohibits the withdrawal of life support, such as a ventilator, from patients who are dying. But the law also prevents ventilators from being withdrawn from patients who are not dying, who have been saved by modern medicine yet depend on a ventilator to breathe.

With unique access, Claudia visits Herzog Hospital on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where patients lie in beds, kept alive on ventilators. Many are unconscious but some are aware of their surroundings. She hears from the families of patients, some who have been there for many years.

It is only lawful to turn a ventilator off in Israel when a patient is confirmed dead. Yet fierce religious debate continues about how death should be actually defined. While ‘brain stem death’ criteria are usually used, there are sections of the ultra-orthodox Jewish community who argue that the final heart beat is the critical moment, with huge implications for end of life care."

(see also JBBC MEMO 463)
includes interviews with … 
• professor avraham steinberg
• professor david linton
• professor charles sprung
• professor yehezkel caine of herzog hospital
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p026tsmh or http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/healthc/healthc_2014092...)

JBBC MEMO 481

last thursday evening (25th september), 10.41-10.49pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
outlook includes …

"In Tel Aviv, a group of Israeli veterans have formed a rock band - Nine Lives - as a way of dealing with psychological trauma caused by their military service.
Camilla Schick went to meet them."

(see also https://www.facebook.com/9Lives.Israel and http://articles.latimes.com/2014/feb/21/world/la-fg-israel-rock-band-201...)
(if you missed it, available from 0:36:38 to 0:44:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p026wd63)

JBBC MEMO 482

yesterday morning (sunday 28th), 10.39-10.43am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80 or 130), repeated 4.39pm this afternon
witness includes …

"Photojournalist Douglas Slocombe (now 101), who photographed the beginnings of the Second World War in Danzig, including the destruction of the Great Synagogue"

illustrated by his own cine film
(if you miss it, available from 0:09:28 to 0:13:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04kmsnr/witness-27092014 or http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/witness/all)


happygoldfish

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:58

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JBBC MEMO 483

last wednesday morning (24th september), on bbc radio 4
thought for the day for rosh hashanah with chief rabbi ephraim mirvis (part of the today programme)
(if you missed it, available, with transcript, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0278bsc)
For SCoJeC
September 29, 2014
MEMO 410 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_410_29_september_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 484

this morning (monday 29th), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (shortened repeat 9.30pm this evening)
karen armstrong on war and religion (in the start the week series) (jewish or israeli content unknown)

"Karen Armstrong argues against the notion that religion is the major cause of war. The former nun tells Tom Sutcliffe that faith is as likely to produce pacifists and peace-builders as medieval crusaders and modern-day jihadists.
But Justin Marozzi charts the violent history of Baghdad and asks what role religion had to play there.
The philosopher Christopher Coker (author of The Warrior Ethos: Military Culture and the War on Terror) explores how warfare dominates our history, and argues that war, like religion, is central to the human condition."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04jj3jj)

JBBC MEMO 485

every weekday morning for 6 weeks (monday 29th september to friday 7th november), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4
germany: memories of a nation (30 episodes)

"Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, begins his series examining 600 years of German history through objects
… a 30 part series which reveals the profound influence of Germany's history, culture and inventiveness across Europe, as well as the catastrophic events of the 20th century."
(#1, 0:04:44) "There is of course one memory which dominates all others, the holocaust, the systematic murder by the Nazi regime, with the connivance and complicity of many of its citizens, of millions of Jews, in Germany and across Nazi-occupied Europe."
(#1, 0:05:24) "The scale of this monument, like the scale of the events it commemorates, is ungraspable: it cannot be measured, only acknowledged. Every aspect of German history has to be considered in the context of this event. Every memory we shall explore in these programmes stands in its shadow."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04dwckb or http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04dwbwz/broadcasts/2014/09)

JBBC MEMO 486

this morning (tuesday 30th), 8.42-8.50am, on bbc radio 4
today includes mishal husain interviewing the last surviving nuremberg simultaneous translator, kindertransport survivor professor siegfried ramler (author of Nuremberg and beyond)
(if you missed it, available from 2:42:50 to 2:50:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04jk35y)
see also his 45-minute lecture of 27/7/2010 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvY_1bMAZWY

JBBC MEMO 487

this evening (tuesday 30th), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 3
philip roth (2nd of 5 episodes of trip sheets, in the the essay series)

"Writer and broadcaster Michael Goldfarb drove a taxi cab in New York at its wildest during the 70s while he pursued an acting career.
In five essays, he looks back to a time when now-influential cultural figures moonlighted as cabbies, when New York City was as a place of violence, arson and near economic collapse - but also of artistic ferment. And he remembers the artistic celebrities he picked up in the back of his cab. After each cab journey he was obliged to fill in his "trip sheet".
In this edition, he recalls an encounter with the author Philip Roth."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04jjnpt)

JBBC MEMO 488

this morning (friday 3rd), 8.21-8.27am, on bbc radio 4
today includes justin webb interviewing safraz mansour and david baddiel about infidel the musical (at theatre royal stratford east for a month), and about depictions of muslims on stage
(see also http://www.thejc.com/arts/music/123720/interview-david-baddiel)
(if you missed it, available from 2:21:00 to 2:27:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04jm9mv)

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Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:04

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JBBC MEMO 489

this morning (monday 6th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4
the year of the drone, presented by will robson, includes criticism of israeli drones flying continually over gaza, the killing of a gaza child walking down the street to the grocer's, and israeli export of drones to other countries
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04k9gj6)
For SCoJeC
October 6, 2014
MEMO 411 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_411_6_october_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 295A

tomorrow evening (wednesday 8th), 9.00-11.25pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9) (repeated from april)
downfall (2004, directed by oliver hirschbiegel)

"April, 1945 and it's the last days of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. The Battle of Berlin rages and the Russians move unstoppably towards the centre of the city and the bunker from which Hitler (played by Bruno Ganz) and his inner circle are attempting to direct the German forces.
As defeat looms, the increasingly unhinged Hitler readies himself for the end and makes his final declarations to a dwindling crowd of loyalists. His decline is seen through the eyes of Traudl Junge, his innocent and deluded young secretary."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b019hd3w/Downfall/)

JBBC MEMO 490

this morning (wednesday 8th), 9.33-9.42am, on bbc radio 4
midweek (presented by libby purves) includes …

"Martha D Lewis is a Greek-Cypriot singer and songwriter. She is performing at The Trilogy of the Greek Blues festival, inspired by Jewish-Greek rembetiko singer Roza Eskenazi, born in Istanbul.
Rembetiko music is derived from Greek urban folk music and in her day Roza was feted as the Greek Billie Holiday. Martha, who has just produced an album called Homage to Roza, features in a documentary, My Sweet Canary, about the life of Roza.
Rembetika & Beyond: A Journey Into the Greek Blues tour begins at the Millfield Theatre, London and later at the London Jazz Festival."

(if you miss it, available from 0:32:50 to 0:42:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04kf5zj)

JBBC MEMO 491

last tuesday lunchtime (7th october), 12.08-12.16pm, on bbc 2
daily politics: lib dem mp menzies campbell interviewed by andrew neil claims that israel/palestine is one of the principal causes of the rise of both ISIS and al qaeda, and on being rubbished by neil backs it up only by claiming it as the motivation for british women becoming "brides for jihadists"

"(Menzies Campbell, 0:13:38) "What are the causes of the rise of ISIS and Al Qaida? One of the principal causes is the fact of the continuing dispute between Israel and the Palestinians."
"What's the evidence for that?"
"There's plenty of evidence."
"ISIS never talks about Israel at all, it is entirely born out of events in Syria, and then the Sunni uprising, they never talk about Palestine."
"If you’re trying to persuade 15-year old young women in Britain to go and offer themselves as brides for jihadists in Syria or Iraq one of the ways in which it’s done is to point to the oppression of the Arab people, in particular the oppression of the Palestinians, one of the ways in which it’s done is to point to the United States, and to point to the United Kingdom as well, and to say these are the former imperialists still trying to exercise influence."
"Even if you are right, you're not going to solve the Israeli-Palestinian situation before Kobane falls, so you're whistling in the wind."
"No no, we're not whistling in the wind, and what I say is, and what I'll say later today, if I'm called in the debate [interrupted] we don't have the luxury of long-term, there is an urgent issue and that issue has got to be resolved …"

(if you missed it, available from 0:08:15 to 0:16:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04l8np3/daily-politics-conference-... or at http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/video-sir-menzies-campbell-blames-israel-ris...)

JBBC MEMO 492

yesterday morning (thursday 9th), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4
the walhalla: hall of heroes with neil macgregor (4th of 30 episodes of germany: memories of a nation)

"Neil MacGregor visits the Walhalla, one of the most idiosyncratic expressions of national identity in 19th century Europe - a temple to German-ness, modelled on the Parthenon, built high above the Danube in Bavaria.
It honours almost 200 people, from early rulers and kings to composers, poets and scientists."

(including einstein, heine, and edith stein)
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04k6rcg)

JBBC MEMO 493

yesterday afternoon and evening (thursday 9th), 2.53-2.58pm, and 9.43-9.48pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james menendez and rebecca kesby) includes …

"Modiano wins Nobel prize"

(if you missed it, available from 0:48:38 to 0:53:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p027rh9r and from 0:38:50 to 0:43:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p027rhbj)

JBBC MEMO 494

yesterday evening (thursday 9th), 9.19-9.26pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by rebecca kesby) includes …

"Tim Franks reports on the rise of the ultra-nationalist party Jobbik"

including interviews with …
márton gyöngyösi, deputy parliamentary leader of jobbik

(0:17:36) "It's a very unusual event, when the World Jewish Congress holds its Annual Conference outside of Israel where it should belong but it comes to Hungary. I mean, I cannot see it in anything else than sheer provocation."

rabbi ferenc raj, from the jewish community centre in budapest
(if you missed it, available from 0:14:00 to 0:21:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p027rhbj)

JBBC MEMO 495

tomorrow evening (saturday 11th), 9.45-11.20pm, on bbc 2
the gatekeepers produced by dror moreh (in the storyville series), with …
avraham shalom
yaacov peri
carmi gillon
ami ayalon
• avi dichter
yuval diskin

"For the first time ever, six former heads of Israel's domestic secret service agency, the Shin Bet, share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions.
Since the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel has been unable to transform its crushing military victory into a lasting peace. Throughout that entire period, these heads of the Shin Bet stood at the centre of Israel's decision-making process in all matters pertaining to security. They worked closely with every Israeli prime minister, and their assessments and insights had - and continue to have - a profound impact on Israeli policy.
The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their successes and failures. In the process it sheds light on the controversy surrounding the occupation in the aftermath of the Six-Day War."
"The film consists of seven segments:
No Strategy, Just Tactics – covering the emerging role of the Shin Bet from the Six-Day War and the occupation of the Palestinian territories
Forget About Morality – about the Bus 300 affair
One Man’s Terrorist Is Another Man’s Freedom Fighter – about the peace process following the Oslo Accords
Our Own Flesh and Blood – about Jewish terrorism, including the Jewish Underground and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
Victory Is to See You Suffer – about negotiations with the Palestinians during the Second Intifada
Collateral Damage – about the assassination of Yahya Ayyash and other prominent Hamas militants
The Old Man at the End of the Corridor – consisting of reflections on the activities of the Shin Bet and their ethical and strategic impact on the State of Israel"

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04lxjbf)

JBBC MEMO 495A

tomorrow evening (saturday 11th), 11.20-11.50pm, on bbc 2
the gatekeepers: newsnight debate chaired by evan davies, with …
• colonel miri eisin, israeli government spokesperson 2006-7
• anti-israeli historian avi shlaim
• haaretz journalist ari shavit
• bbc journalist lyse doucet
• former palestinian minister of justice ahmad khalidi

"A panel of studio guests debate the issues raised by Storyville: The Gatekeepers."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04ltmrs)


happygoldfish

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:45

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JBBC MEMO 496

last saturday afternoon (11th october), 13.17-13.21pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes julia macfarlane, who was embedded with a MAP (medical aid for palestinians) and ideals.org.uk team to gaza, reporting from operating theatres at king's college hospital (london) and at al shifa hospital, and interviewing …
• king's college hospital reconstructive surgeon Naveen Cavale who insists on referring to gaza still as a "war zone" …

(0:13:38) "I've never been to a war zone before … my family … are obviously frightened"

and …
• amputee abdullah abu harbeed

(0:16:00) "Abdullah, who's 24, and got married just before the conflict started, is going to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair"

investigative bbc journalist julia macfarlane does not mention that abdullah will only have to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair because he was prevented by hamas from going to an israeli field hospital 4 weeks earlier
(if you missed it, available from 0:12:25 to 0:16:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p027xnpt)
see also the more detailed bbc report at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29279073 but which still does not mention the part played by hamas,
and MAP/ideals' own video embedded at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29279073#story_continues_1

For SCoJeC
October 13, 2014
MEMO 412 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_412_13_october_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 497

yesterday morning (sunday 12th), 9.32-9.42am, on bbc radio 4
broadcasting house includes hugh sykes in antakia (antioch), turkey, reporting on the antakya multifaith civilisations choir
(if you missed it, available from 0:32:45 to 0:42:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04l043z)

JBBC MEMO 498

yesterday (sunday 12th), 1.06-1.15pm, and 9.31-9.40pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james menendez) leads with …

"Funding Gaza reconstruction"

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter yolande nell
• teacher abdul karim abu ahmed (see also http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29107594)
• bbc reporter orla guerin
chris gunness of unwra, in jerusalem
tony blair
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:50 to 0:09:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p027zvgm and from 0:26:30 to 0:35:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p027zvh6)

JBBC MEMO 499

this afternoon (monday 13th), 1.22-1.27pm, and 2.43-2.47pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by razia iqbal) asks …

gaza: did israel commit war crimes?

and includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter kevin connolly
• deputy military attorney-general eli baron
sarit michaeli of b'tselem
mustafa barghouti
(if you missed it, available from 0:17:30 to 0:22:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0281ykt and from 0:38:45 to 0:42:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0281ykw)
(largely repeated from today, last wednesday, 6.44-6.49am, on bbc radio 4, still available from 0:43:58 to 0:49:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04kf5zg)

JBBC MEMO 500

yesterday evening (monday 13th), 9.35-9.43pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

"UK Palestinian vote"

and includes interviews with …
crispin blunt mp
john woodcock mp
(if you missed it, available from 0:30:00 to 0:37:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0281ylp)

JBBC MEMO 501

yesterday evening (monday 13th), 5.45-10.00pm, on bbc parliament tv (freeview channel 131)
(transcript at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm141013/debt...)
house of commons debate on …

"Palestine and Israel"

the debate itself was unexciting, since labour mps were forbidden to speak or vote against the motion, and many pro-israel pro-peace members on all sides took no part:
less than half the house voted, and the motion was carried by 274 to 12 (out of 600 mps, less those of ministerial and official status)
(the pro-israel pro-peace amendment was "not selected" by the Speaker, and so not voted on)
notable contributions
hywel williams, speaking on behalf of plaid cymru, charges that most jews (other than a "significant number") oppose peace (and that israel has a policy of pursuing war rather than negotiation or peace) …

(9.45pm) "I want to take the opportunity to reject yet again the conflation of opposition to the Israeli Government’s war policy with supposed enmity towards the Jewish people. That is a peculiar charge, given that a significant number of Jewish people support peace."

david ward, speaking on behalf of the liberal democrats, concentrates on the events of 1917 and 1948, charges that israel is in breach of the balfour declaration, and criticises the killing of british soldiers and police, and the very creation of israel

(6.58pm) "All that is perfectly understandable, but what I do not understand is why the Palestinians should have had to pay such a terrible price for the creation of the state of Israel, where it was believed that security could be created, or why the Israelis believed that the brutal expulsion and continued suppression of the Palestinians would ever lead to the sense of security that they seek.

Secondly, Israel is in breach of the contract set out in the Balfour declaration stating that
“nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”.
In the light of the Nakba and everything since, that seems like a sick joke. The failure of the international community to recognise the state of Palestine has helped Israel to ignore this commitment."

(if you missed it, available from 2:08:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04m09wj/house-of-commons-13102014)

JBBC MEMO 469A

early tomorrow morning (wednesday 15th), 4.00-4.45am, on bbc 2 (repeated from last month)
children of the holocaust animation: eyewitness accounts from history, brought to life in animation for a young audience
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zx5g7)
(clips at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021qj4x)

JBBC MEMO 502

tomorrow evening (wednesday 15th), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3
david baddiel, shlomo sand, julie burchill: three separate interviews on jewish identity with professor rana mitter (in the free thinking series)

"1. David Baddiel has transformed his film The Infidel into a musical which premieres at Stratford East Theatre in London. It depicts a British Muslim who discovers he was born to a Jewish family and then adopted.
2. The Israeli professor of history Shlomo Sand has written a polemical book How I Stopped Being a Jew.
3. Julie Burchill's latest book is called Unchosen - The Memoirs of a Philo-Semite."

see also shlomo sand's "I wish to resign and cease considering myself a Jew" in last saturday's guardian
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04l3987)

JBBC MEMO 496A

thursday morning (16th october), 11.19-11.24am, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent partially repeats julia macfarlane////s report from last saturday///s newshour, but without even any hint thast she was following the
(if you missed it, available from 0:17:00 to 0:22:20 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04l3bqn)

happygoldfish

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 16:17

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yesterday afternoon (sunday 19th), 1.18-1.23pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

"A popular chocolate dessert, "Milky", which turns out to be rather cheaper in Germany than in Israel, has started a controversy."

and includes interviews with …
naor narkis from berlin
(if you missed it, available from 0:12:50 to 0:17:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p028hnzs)

For SCoJeC
October 20, 2014
MEMO 413 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.
http://www.scojec.org/memo/2014/memo_413_20_october_2014.pdf
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress

JBBC MEMO 504

yesterday evening (sunday 19th), 8.00-9.00pm, on channel 4 tv
hitler's hidden drug habit (in the secret history series)

"During the Nazi era, Adolf Hitler was presented to the German people as a great man of destiny, a man possessed of superhuman vigour and strength who would lead Germany to world domination. The truth was very different.
Based on a secret American intelligence dossier and the medical diaries and journals of Dr Theodor Morell, the Führer's personal physician, this Secret History documentary sheds new light on Hitler's health and extraordinary medicinal regime during World War II.
Dr Morell's diaries, which have been locked away since 1945, are a unique source of information. They reveal that, far from being a picture of robust health, Hitler was a nervy hypochondriac.
In fascinating detail, they chart Hitler's descent into illness and drug dependency, as he used uppers and downers, quack cures, powerful stimulants and multiple injections for various real or imagined ailments.
The programme also contains revelatory film footage that the German censors tried to suppress, and which suggests that by 1945 Hitler was in an advanced stage of a serious degenerative disease."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/hitlers-hidden-drug-habit-secret-hist...)

JBBC MEMO 505

wednesday 8th october, 7.50-7.52am, on bbc radio 4
thought for the day (in the today programme) with chief rabbi ephraim mirivs

"It’s good to talk. It’s time for us all to learn that skill again."

(if you missed it, still available, with transcript, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0287cg1)

JBBC MEMO 506

tomorrow morning (friday 24th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4
reclaiming the swastika (produced by mukti jain campion)

"For most people in the West, the swastika remains inextricably linked to the atrocities committed by the Nazis in the last century.
But there have been calls to reclaim the symbol from its Nazi links and restore its origin as an ancient symbol signalling good luck. Many people find the idea deeply offensive.
So can these two views ever be reconciled? Mukti Jain Campion examines the symbol's long and surprising pre-Nazi history and discovers how the Nazi adoption of it is based on a mistaken interpretation of ancient Indian texts.
She talks to historians, visits the world's oldest identified swastika in Ukraine, meets a tattoo artist in Copenhagen with a mission to revive the ancient symbol and hears what the swastika means today to a 93 year old Jewish holocaust survivor."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04lsxh5)

JBBC MEMO 507

this morning (friday 24th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
witness: mike lanchin interviews ivo herzog, who was 9 in 1975 when his father vladimir herzog was murdered

"In October 1975 the prominent Brazilian journalist Vladimir Herzog was killed by the secret police.
His murder became a symbol of the brutality of the military regime.
Witness speaks to his son, Ivo, who was just nine years old at the time."
(0:07:05) "When Vladimir Herzog was eventually buried later that day, it was in the centre of the city's Jewish cemetery and not in one corner, as Jewish tradition dictated in cases of suicide. By allowing this, Sao Paolo's rabbi snubbed the military and its claims about the circumstances of his death. Both Catholic and Jewish religious leaders also insisted on attending a huge mass that was held for Herzog in the city's cathedral, just days later."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p028v4kv)
see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Herzog

JBBC MEMO 508

tomorrow evening (saturday 25th), 7.00-7.15pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated on sunday afternoon at 5.40pm)
profile profiles former amabassador to syria and chairman of medical aid for palestinians, sir andrew green
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04lp5cl)

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