MEMO 356


By SCoJeC
June 16, 2013
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MEMO 356 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_356_17_june_2013.pdf

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happygoldfish

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 16:48

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JBBC MEMO 94

last sunday, 9.05-10.00am, and 10.05-11.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710):
Daniel Libeskind - Ground Zero (part of Dream Builders)

Daniel Libeskind’s first building was the Jewish Museum in Berlin.
Shortly after it was opened he won a fierce competition to rebuild the most valuable and most politically charged piece of real estate in the world: Ground Zero in New York.
It propelled him into the architectural stratosphere and was an experience that changed him utterly. He tells Razia Iqbal and an audience at the Royal Institute of British Architects of the twists and turns in an extraordinary tale.

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0197fx4)
for review, see http://www.thejc.com/arts/arts-interviews/108665/grand-designs-a-would-b...

Dream Builders covers his childhood in communist Poland, where the Holocaust was “visceral, you could see it in the absence of people on the streets” …

JBBC MEMO 95

this evening (monday), 10.00-11.30pm, on bbc4 tv (freeview channel 9):
Storyville: The Law in These Parts by israeli filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz

Documentary looking at justice in the land inhabited by Palestinians and captured by Israel in the 1967 war.
The occupation began with the idea that Israel's presence would be temporary. Israelis dispensed justice through military courts, but these still exist.
The film explores the challenges of administering this military justice system as seen through the eyes of those responsible for doing so.
Do Palestinians receive the same level of justice that they would if they were Israeli citizens? Are these military courts adequate? Israeli authorities have always insisted that they are.
Israeli filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz interrogates Israeli judges and officials in a haunting and factual film about the quality of justice under the occupation of the West Bank.

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b02yywn4)


happygoldfish

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 14:24

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JBBC MEMO 96

this evening (thursday), 9.00-10.00pm, on channel 5:
The Girl With 7 Mums

Documentary about the family life of 10-year-old Ellie Sharp, whose father Philip is a Messianic Jew and heads Britain's only openly polygamous family.

(if you miss it, available at http://www.channel5.com/shows/the-girl-with-7-mums)


Chaim Pesach

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 16:43

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Perhaps Hilary Rifkind needs to be told about the games Ephraim Borowski (aka happygoldfish) is playing and soiling ScoJec's good name.


Chaim Pesach

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 16:45

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How can anyone who hides behind a pseudonym be believed? Email Hilary Rifkind, the chair of ScoJec to protest against this Neddy Numpty


Chaim Pesach

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:03

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Point fingers as much as you like Mchappygoldfish. You are a coward.


happygoldfish

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:38

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(continued from MEMO 357)

Chaim Pesach: … Ephraim Borowski (aka happygoldfish) …

chaim pesach, please stop lying about me

i'm not ephraim borowski (director of scojec, see http://www.scojec.org/scojec/people/people.html … though i wouldn't mind being!)

"As its Convener of the grandly-titled Standing Committee of Scottish Jewry at the time of Devolution, Ephraim led its transformation into SCoJeC, a democratic representative body with the authority to speak on behalf of the entire Jewish Community of Scotland.
Before his early retirement from Glasgow University, Ephraim was head of the Philosophy Department, a member of Court, and President of AUT.
He is the joint author of the Collins Dictionary of Mathematics, and has been President of the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow, a Governor of Hutchesons' Educational Trust, Vice-President of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, and Chairman of Giffnock Synagogue. He currently chairs the Regional Deputies of the Board of Deputies, is Convener of BEMIS, and a Lay Member of GTC(S). Ephraim was awarded an MBE for services on behalf of the Jewish Community, and was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philosophical Society - only the third since Einstein!"
For SCoJeC
December 2, 2013
MEMO 375 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_375_2_decembe_2013.pdf

JBBC MEMO 197

this evening (thursday 5th), 8.50-9.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
from our own correspondent includes …

"Malmo, a city in the far south of Sweden, has been making headlines for the wrong reasons at times - including with incidents of anti-Semitism, like the bombing of the Jewish cultural centre.
So when a Jewish reader asked Malmo-based journalist Patrick Reilly how safe it would be to visit for someone who puts his religion on display, Patrick decided to find out.
He borrowed a kippah, the traditional Jewish skull-cap, and full of trepidation, went to spend the day out and about in Malmo. Did he live to tell the tale? "

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01mdn5n)

JBBC MEMO 198

tonight (thursday 5th), 11.06-11.20pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
outlook: domestic violence

"As a child Joshua Safran travelled to the US with his mother in search of her anti-capitalist utopia. But she met and married an abusive man, and Joshua found a way to escape - by becoming a corporate lawyer and campaigning on behalf of domestic violence victims."
"Part of it is just the rebellion of youth … so if your mother brings you up without running water electricity or formal education you decide 'I'm going to identify as an orthodox Jew and become a lawyer'."

(see also http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/142741/joshua-safran-e...)
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01mdn4v)

JBBC MEMO 33A

tomorrow evening (friday 6th), 7.25-8.15pm, on bbc 3 tv (freeview channel 7)
Doctor Who: "Let's kill Hitler" (repeated from 16th february)

"The search for Melody Pond sees the TARDIS crash-landing in 1930s Berlin. The Doctor comes face-to-face with the greatest war criminal in the universe." (repeat) (not historical!)

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0146h0q/Doctor_Who_Series_6_Lets_K...)

JBBC MEMO 199

tomorrow night (friday 6th), 11.15pm-12.15, on channel 5
Nazi Temple of Doom: Revealed (a national geographic programme of 2012)

"Find out how a group of experts pieced together the complex history of a priceless gold Celtic cauldron found at the bottom of a lake in Bavaria, and its connections with a number of notorious historical figures.
They examine why it may be linked to Adolf Hitler's search for the Holy Grail and Heinrich Himmler's shrine to the SS as well as the Mafia and an international fraud trial where millions of dollars are at stake."

(see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiemsee_Cauldron)
(if you miss it, available at http://www.channel5.com/shows/revealed/episodes/nazi-temple-of-doom)

JBBC MEMO 200

tomorrow morning (saturday 7th), 10.00-10.30am, 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)

For SCoJeC
December 9, 2013
MEMO 376 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_376_9_decembe_2013.pdf

JBBC MEMO 201

yesterday evening (tuesday 10th), 8.50-9.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
from our own correspondent: in holy footsteps

"In Jerusalem, Jake Wallis Simons visits the site of Temple Mount, sacred to both Judaism and Islam, with a controversial rabbi who would like to build a 'Third Temple' there.
This is a spot with history - perhaps too much of it, not just religious (it is also the third holiest site in Islam) but also political (when recent visits by Jewish hardliners sparked a violent Palestinian backlash).
At the moment, even Jewish prayer is banned from the site - but the rabbi's 'Temple Institute' has other plans for the future.
In eastern Turkey there is less human conflict, but rather more physical challenge, as Bob Walker treks the gruelling St Paul trail which follows in the apostle's footsteps from Perga to Antioch. He survives the wolves (and the sheepdogs), glories in the hospitality, but finds that few Turks remember or even recognise the name of St Paul today."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01mrpcx)


StevenKalka

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 15:43

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Tonight on BBC-J-TV at 8 PM, be sure to tune in and watch the ground-breaking premier of its special 2 hour documentary film about the first Jewish family to buy a home in Golder's Green North London titled "Rosen in the Sun".


Chaim Pesach

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 18:21

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Tonight on JTV Channel Four OD at 9 PM, already so soon, be sure to watch the ground-breaking premier of its programme about ScoJeC and Scottish Jews. "Do They All Think They Live In An Aquarium?" followed by a panel debate with Ned Nupty and assorted other Jock McLoons.
And on Channel 5ish, a heated debate on Jewish Schools (of gefilte fish)


Chaim Pesach

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 18:33

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On BBC Radio Jew tonight, a discussion about how the leadership of Scottish Jewry is being let down by a wild-haired Ned Numpty. Panel discussion led by Ben Dover and Phil McCafferty.


Chaim Pesach

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 18:36

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On Dave Gold(stein) tonight and ad infinitum, a repeat of the Pope's address to the Jews = Gut Yomtiff from the Pontiff.


happygoldfish

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 08:15

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JBBC MEMO 202

last friday evening (13th december), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 3
wagner and adorno (episode 5 of 5, of wagner's philosophers)

"Professor John Deathridge explores the posthumous reputation of Wagner in the 20th Century as seen through the lens of the philosopher Theodor Adorno who had pertinent things to say about Wagner's appropriation by the fascists, his infamous anti-semitism, and the related issues of German culture post-World War 2, the culture industry and mass culture in general."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01shyw0)

For SCoJeC
December 16, 2013
MEMO 377 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_377_16_december_2013.pdf

JBBC MEMO 203

this afternoon (tuesday 17th), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 11.00pm friday 20th)
great lives: allen ginsberg

"Matthew Parris is joined by Michael Horovitz who nominates fellow poet and founder of the Beat generation Allen Ginsberg as his Great Life.
Ginsberg's friend and biographer Barry Miles provides biographical detail of this colourful and controversial writer, who through his battle for free expression inspired American counter culture."
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03lph8m)

JBBC MEMO 204

this evening (tuesday 17th), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 2
pilgrimage with simon reeve (episode 3 of 3)

"Simon Reeve follows in the footsteps of travellers who made long, arduous and dangerous journeys to reach Jerusalem.
He begins in Istanbul, Turkey, a busy medieval staging post for pilgrims to the Holy Land. Before falling to the Ottoman empire, it was the centre of Roman Christianity under Emperor Constantine. His mother Helena, arguably the first pilgrim to the Holy Land, brought back relics from Jerusalem to fill the city's churches, which made it a major destination for pilgrimage in its own right for centuries to come. Simon visits the magnificent Hagia Sophia and a traditional Turkish bath, discovering that pilgrims brought public bathing back with them to Europe, showing how pilgrimage spread practical ideas as well as religious ones.
Simon travels on to the Holy Land, following in the footsteps of Victorian travellers who used the definitive guide book of the period, published in 1876 by Thomas Cook, whose grand excursions to the Holy Land pioneered the modern package holiday.
He drives into the West Bank and on to Bethlehem.
Despite not being religious, he is moved to tears by the memory of family Christmases when he sees the spot where Christ is said to have been born inside the Church of the Nativity. He then visits the isolated 6th century monastery of Mar Saba, a place few outsiders are permitted to enter today.
Simon camps in the desert and goes fishing in the Sea of Galilee.
He also meets David, a reformed drug addict who lives in a village inside the ancient town of Nazareth where people dress, live and work as if they are characters from the Bible.
In Jerusalem, Simon meets a doctor who treats visitors who become so overwhelmed that they become convinced they personally are the Messiah.
Several million people a year from all three major religions come to visit or worship in one of the most highly-contested square miles on the planet. Simon visits the Israeli CCTV command centre where everyone is kept under constant surveillance.
Finally, Simon joins in the ancient ritual of walking the Via Dolorosa, the route taken by Jesus as he carried his cross to the site of his crucifixion, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
At journey's end, he reflects on what pilgrimage can offer for a non-believer, bringing a sense of achievement and a chance to learn more about the history and culture that shapes our lives to this day."
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03mj8tm/Pilgrimage_with_Simon_Reev...)
this bbc film spends over a minute (from 17:15 to 18:38) out of the six and a half minutes spent in bethlehem showing and commenting on the wall (a kilometre from manger square, and a few hundred metres long): "more than 800 kilometres are planned when it's finished … it's bigger than the wall of berlin", but none showing or commenting on the mosque of omar in manger square
(for maps see http://vicbethlehem.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/bethlehem-map.jpg http://www.poica.org/editor/case_studies/Israeli%20Plan%20in%20Bethlehem... and http://www.securityfence.mod.gov.il/Pages/ENG/images/Seamzone_map_eng.jp... )

JBBC MEMO 205

this morning (tuesday 17th), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated in a shortened version this evening at 9.30-10.00pm)
the making of the modern arab world (episode 2 of 4)
starts by focusing on the 1948 war against israel (including a contribution from professor itamar rabinovich), and the consequent overthrow of the egyptian monarchy by nasser, who later dominated syria in the united arab republic, and saw israel as a strategic threat

"Egyptian author Tarek Osman traces the ideas that have shaped the modern Arab world, focussing on Egypt and Syria.
Today, he explores the rise and fall of Arab nationalism."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03lpfwk)

JBBC MEMO 206

this morning (wednesday 18th), 8.32-8.37am, on bbc radio 4
today reports on retired people helping older retired people, including an interview with monica gubbay (74) who runs a weekly friendship club at the maida vale synagogue
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03lpjp5)

Chaim Pesach

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 16:20

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On BBC Radio Jew tonight, While Shepherds Washed Their Socks By Night - A look at the role of socks in Jewish life.


Chaim Pesach

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 16:22

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On Channel 5, tomorrow, A Chief Rabbit recalls his days on Watership Down


Chaim Pesach

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:14

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MEMO 857 - On the History Channel at 1914. This Is Your Life, Already, So Soon, with Yerachmiel Zerubabel Katznellebogen, Bar Mitzvah Boy of the Year 1903. His mother Rivka Leah recalls the kerfuffle


Chaim Pesach

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:15

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MEMO IG7 - Tonight, Thursday 2 January, on ITV1 at 8:30, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about Jewish life in Chigwell, Birds of a Feather. Dorien (Foxy Cohen), Sharon and Tracey buy a bagel


joemillis1959

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 13:48

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This is hilarious. Must spread around my Chigwell friends


joemillis1959

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 13:50

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Surely Bar Mitzvah Boy of the Year 1903 was Menachem Mendel Zilbershpitz.


happygoldfish

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 09:21

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JBBC MEMO 207

this evening (monday 23rd), 9.45-10.00pm, on bbc radio 3
Belief: Lord Woolf

"Joan Bakewell talks to former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf about his life and career in the law as reformer and judge and how they have been influenced by his beliefs and philosophy.
He reflects on how his upbringing as a Jew set a pattern for his thinking and how his beliefs have changed and developed through his life."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03lzbj1)

For SCoJeC
December 23, 2013
MEMO 378 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_378_23_december_2013.pdf

JBBC MEMO 208

tomorrow night (early wednesday 25th), 1.05-2.05am, on bbc4 tv (freeview channel 9)
Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities (episode 3 of 3, the islamic city) includes the arrival of sephardi jews in istanbul, the great synagogue, ladino, and the story of joseph nasi duke of naxos

"Simon Sebag Montefiore discovers surprises in Istanbul as it rose to become the imperial capital and Islam's most powerful city. Visiting the great mosques and palaces built by the Ottoman emperors, he tells the stories behind them - of royal concubines, murderous bodyguards and sultans both the powerful and the depraved.
He shows how the Christians, Muslims and Jews of the city once co-existed before the waves of nationalist rebellions brought the Ottoman empire to its knees.
In the 20th century the ancient capital was once more transformed by the new secular vision of Ataturk."

(already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03lyyrc/Byzantium_A_Tale_of_Three_...)

JBBC MEMO 209

yesterday morning (sunday 29th), 9.23-9.32am, on bbc radio 4
broadcasting house includes bbc washington correspondent jonny dymond reporting from vicksburg and greenville on the last jews of the mississippi delta
an extended transcript, with photos, plus a 90-second slideshow with commentary, can be seen at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25430384
(see also http://www.isjl.org/history/archive/ms/vicksburg.htm)
(if you missed it, available from 0:23:10 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03mckqn)

JBBC MEMO 56A

tonight (thursday 2nd), 11.45pm-12.15-12.45, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9):
Old Jews Telling Jokes (two episodes, repeated from nov 2011 dec 2012 and oct 2013):

"In the fine tradition of American Jewish humour, a group of pensioners from all walks of life gather together to tell their favourite jokes.
Remember, laugh loud - they don't hear so good!
Contains some strong language."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01777fr/Old_Jews_Telling_Jokes_Epi...)

JBBC MEMO 210

tomorrow afternoon (friday 3rd), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4
across the board with natan sharansky

"Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess.
In this episode he plays the former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician Natan Sharansky."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03mj945)

JBBC MEMO 211

sunday/monday night (early monday 6th), 12.50-2.20am, on channel 4 tv
waltz with bashir

"This award-winning animation tracks an Israeli man's efforts to find old friends and comrades from the first Lebanon War, and learn the truth about that time.
Sexual scenes/violence."
"One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari Folman about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts.
The two men conclude that there's a connection to their Israeli army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early 80s. Ari is surprised that he can no longer remember a thing about that period of his life.
Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself.
As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images...
Folman's animated film won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar."

(http://www.channel4.com/programmes/waltz-with-bashir/episode-guide)

JBBC MEMO 212

this afternoon (monday 6th), 2.15-3.00pm, on bbc radio 4
joan and the baron with eleanor bron and michael jayston, by mark burgess

"Bordeaux, late 1970's: a Frenchman in his seventies; an Englishwoman in her sixties.
He is a poet, a translator of Elizabethan verse, a racing driver, yachtsman, wine maker, theatre and film producer and, at one time, the most notorious womaniser in Paris. He is Baron Philippe de Rothschild.
She is from Stockwell in London, born to an unmarried mother who disapproved of books and reading. But after a convent school education as a scholarship girl and another scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art she became one of the most influential directors of the twentieth century, creating the Theatre Workshop in Stratford East and earning the sobriquet 'the Mother of Modern Theatre'. She is Joan Littlewood.
Following the recent deaths of their respective partners, Baron Philippe seems to be moving on with his life while Joan declares she has no wish to. She shut-down emotionally at the point of her beloved Gerry Raffles' death and has no desire to return to her famous theatre in Stratford East or ever to direct again. The Baron extends an invitation to his Mouton estate.
Joan and the Baron explores the growth of friendship between this unlikely pair, after a chance meeting in Vienna."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0387tmr)


happygoldfish

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 09:19

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JBBC MEMO 213

last saturday afternoon (11th january), 1.06-1.59pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour: ariel sharon dies presented by lyse doucet, with mike wooldridge, mustafa barghouti, zalman shoval, kevin connolly, dennis ross, karim gohary, jeremy bowen, david horowitz, and ghassan khatib
(if you missed it, available from 00:00-37:00 and 49:00-53:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01p1747/Newshour_Ariel_Sharon_dies...)

JBBC MEMO 214

last saturday evening (11th january), 9.32-9.44pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour presented by lyse doucet, with jim muir interviewing abu mujahid, rami houri, and martin indyk
(if you missed it, available from 0:26:30 to 0:38:20 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01p174v)

JBBC MEMO 215

online only, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11574000 (7 minutes)
life and legacy of ariel sharon, presented by paul adams, with several contributions from avi dichter, yisrael medad, rashid khalili, and avi shlaim
(part of a written bbc obituary)
(for "a life in pictures" see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25573887)

JBBC MEMO 216

yesterday morning (sunday 12th), 9.30-9.37am, on bbc radio 4
broadcasting house: jeremy bowen summarises the life of ariel sharon, followed by a review of sunday newspaper reports by richard dannatt
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03pdfp3)

JBBC MEMO 217

yesterday afternoon (sunday 12th), 1.06-1.36pm, on bbc radio 4
newshour: ariel sharon lying in state presented by julian marshall with eliyav eviram, uri dromi, and faisal abbas
(if you missed it, available from 0:01:00-0:14:00 and 0:26:30-0:31:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01p1wp0)

JBBC MEMO 218

yesterday afternoon (sunday 12th), 1.46-1.54pm, on bbc radio 4
newshour: james kumaraswamy interviews russian-american comedian gary shteyngart

"I wanted a title that celebrates my quiet brilliance. I was thinking: 'Portrait of the artist as a young mensch', or 'A heartbreaking work of staggering Jewness'."

(if you missed it, available from 0:40:30-0:48:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01p1wp0)

JBBC MEMO 219

yesterday evening (sunday 12th), 9.30-10.00pm, on bbc radio 4
ariel sharon: israel's warrior politician

"In a special programme marking his death, Richard Miron presents a profile of the former Israeli prime minister."

includes interviews with uzi benziman, dan meridor, jibril rajoub, yael dayan, amnon reshev, , ze'ev schiff, geulah cohen, lior chorev, sherard cowper-coles, and arnon perlman
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03svhrd)

For SCoJeC
January 13, 2014
MEMO 379 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_379_13_january_2014.pdf

JBBC MEMO 220

this afternoon (monday 13th), 2.15-3.00pm, on bbc radio 4
the brick by selma dabbagh with nina wadia, anton lesser, and peter polycarpou

"Rasha Khory is a Palestinian woman on her way to Jerusalem to run some errands for her mother, but she also has her own secret mission, visceral to her sense of identity.
All too swiftly Rasha finds herself thwarted, injured and discovering some unwelcome home truths about her beloved father. What choices will she make? A compelling portrait of Palestinian life by Selma Dabbagh.
Notes
Selma Dabbagh is a British Palestinian writer based in London. Her first novel, 'Out of It', was published by Bloomsbury to widespread critical acclaim from The Sunday Telegraph to The Morning Star. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published by Granta, International PEN and the British Council. This is Selma's first play for radio. She is currently working on a second novel."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03phd49)

JBBC MEMO 221

yesterday evening (monday 13th), 10.37-10.44pm, on bbc radio 4
the world tonight: ariel sharon's legacy
ritula shah interviews anshel pfeffer and nabil shaath
(if you missed it, available from 0:37:30 to 0:44:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03phdbp)

JBBC MEMO 222

this afternoon (friday 16th), 4.00-4.30pm (repeated sunday 8.30-9.00pm), on bbc radio 4
obituary programme last word 17/1/2014 features actor (with viennese jewish mother) roger lloyd pack (and will presumably also include ariel sharon)
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03pmk7m)

happygoldfish

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 13:15

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JBBC MEMO 223

this afternoon (monday 20th), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4
beyond belief: eve

"Joining Ernie Rea to discuss the Biblical figure Eve, and what has been made of her down the centuries are Katie Edwards, lecturer in Biblical Studies at Sheffield University; Amy Orr Ewing, Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics; and Maureen Kendler, head of Educational Programming at the London School of Jewish Studies."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/b00hxnfg)

For SCoJeC
January 20, 2014
MEMO 380 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_380_20_january_2014.pdf

JBBC MEMO 224

january 2nd and 3rd , 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 1
silent witness: commodity (2 episodes)
from the jc diary

"There was a strong Jewish angle to the opening episode of the new series of BBC1’s Silent Witness; about the only thing missing was a shot of the JC on the lounge table.
The pathologists’ drama — a showcase for the props department with its grisly representations of scarred, scorched, mutilated and dismembered corpses — featured not one, but two Jewish families.
In case you are still to catch it on iPlayer, I shall not divulge the plot. Only to say it involved an affluent Jewish businessman, donations to Israel, hate crime, home-grown jihadis and those stock dramatic figures, a pair of gun-slinging Mossad agents.
And perhaps stretching credulity a tad too far, the central character was a Francophone Premier League footballer called Isaac Dreyfus."

(if you missed it, stlll available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03nktgy/Silent_Witness_Series_17_C... and http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03nkwnq/Silent_Witness_Series_17_C...)


happygoldfish

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 14:23

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JBBC MEMO 225

yesterday afternoon (thursday 23rd), 2.50-4.40pm, on bbc parliament tv (freeview channel 81)
holocaust memorial day debate
(if you missed it, available from 3:34:40 to 5:24:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03s6hr6/House_of_Commons_23_01_201...)

JBBC MEMO 226

tomorrow afternoon (saturday 25th), 12.30-1.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
(repeated sunday 9.30am and monday 3.30pm)
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/p01q5cdl)

JBBC MEMO 227

last saturday (january 25th), 11.38-11.43am, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent includes …

"Josh Spero in Jerusalem asks how best to teach Israeli children about the Holocaust without traumatising them."

(if you missed it, available from 0:07:50 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03s645x)

JBBC MEMO 228

this sunday (january 26th), 8.10-8.50am, on bbc radio 4
sunday worship: a reflection for holocaust memorial day: along paths of memory

"a reflection for Holocaust Memorial Day with the Rev'd Ruth Scott who explores how the memories of survivors and their experience draw us into a complex and sometimes disturbing understanding of what it is to be truly human."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03s69dq)

JBBC MEMO 228/13

sunday 27th january, 2013, 8.10-8.50am, on bbc radio 4
sunday worship: holocaust memorial day

"A service exploring the Psalms as a pattern for prayer from The Metropolitan Cathedral of St David in Cardiff, led by Canon Peter Collins.
'Today is Holocaust Memorial Day…'"

(not available online)
transcript: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01q7gvd

JBBC MEMO 228/12

sunday 29th january, 2012, 8.10-8.50am, on bbc radio 4
sunday worship: holocaust memorial - speak up, speak out - lighthouse christian centre

"'Speak Up, Speak Out' is a theme being taken by many communities across the UK during this Holocaust Memorial season.
Live from The Lighthouse Christian Centre, a multi cultural community church near Media City in Salford. Leader, Pastor Alex Robertson, Preacher Pastor Paul Hallam."

(not available online)
transcript: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01b8yxt

JBBC MEMO 228/10

sunday 31st january, 2010, 8.10-8.50am, on bbc radio 4
sunday worship: holocaust memorial day
Standing in Auschwitz: Ed Kessler
Auschwitz January 2010: Kevin Franz

"On 27th January 1945, the Red Army liberated the biggest Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz.
Marking this 65th anniversary, Dr Kevin Franz and Dr Ed Kessler share a first visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a visit they had both avoided in the past."

(not available online)
transcript: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00q9jtl

JBBC MEMO 228/09

sunday 25th january, 2009, 8.10-8.50am, on bbc radio 4
sunday worship: stand up to hatred

"A service for Holocaust Memorial Sunday on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, led by Rev Nicholas Holtam with Rabbi Lionel Blue."

(not available online)
transcript: http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/wp-content/uploads/Stand-up-to-hat...

JBBC MEMO 228/08

sunday 27th january, 2008, 8.10-8.50am, on bbc radio 4
sunday worship: remember, reflect, react

"Remember, Reflect, React: At the beginning of Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture, the deans of the city's two cathedrals mark Holocaust Memorial Day."

(not available online)
transcript: not available

For SCoJeC
January 27, 2014
MEMO 381 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_381_27_january_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 229

monday to friday (january 27th to 31st), 5.43-5.45am, on bbc radio 4
prayer for the day with rabbi y y rubinstein
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03sgp24)

JBBC MEMO 230

this morning (january 27th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
WW2, the holocaust and rome (in the witness series)
includes an interview with piero terracina

"In 1943, Rome's Jewish citizens were promised that if they gave gold to the Nazis, they could escape the death camps.
Despite handing over more than 50kg of gold - most were deported and killed.
Alan Johnston has been speaking to two survivors of those deportations."
"Of 1700 jews, 100 survived."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01q77sw)

JBBC MEMO 231

this morning (january 27th), 8.55-8.58am, on bbc radio 4
today interviews world-renowned neuropathologist peter lantos, author of "parallel lines", deported at age 5 from hungary, staying 2 months in austria, and arriving at bergen-belsen in december 1944, where he lost his father, and his elder brother who went to hard labour
the americans liberated his mother and him, but handed them to the russians, who were not very well organised, so they escaped from them, through prague, and returned to hungary
recently he traced the american tank commander who liberated his train on 5/4/1945: george gross, retired professor of english at the university of california, san diego
(if you missed it, available from 2:56:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03s6mdp)

JBBC MEMO 232

monday to friday (january 27th to 31st), 10.45-11.00am (repeated 7.45-8.00pm), on bbc radio 4
the dock, nuremberg with diana quick, by amanda whittington, part of writing the century, an "an ongoing series of dramas reflecting on the 20th Century through diaries and letters" (5 episodes)

"In January 1946, at the age of sixty-eight, renowned artist Dame Laura Knight takes a life-changing commission as war artist to the Nuremberg Trials.
Dame Laura meets Major Peter Casson, Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General of the British War Crimes Executive, who is charged with smoothing her path through bureaucracy. He helps her to settle into her suite in the Grand Hotel (originally built for Hitler); to deal with the international social whirl that attends the trials and to cope with coming face-to-face with Hitler's henchmen for the first time in court.
This serial is based on the diaries of Dame Laura Knight, whose painting 'The Dock' has become a classic image of the Nazi War Crime Trials."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03s6mdy)

JBBC MEMO 233

this evening (monday 27th), 10.00-11.20pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9) (repeated wednesday 11.00pm)
Remembering the Holocaust: Defiant Requiem
How a choir of Jewish prisoners defiantly performed Verdi's Requiem in front of the Nazis.

"In 1944, at the Nazi concentration camp of Terezin, the imprisoned Czech conductor Rafael Schachter formed a choir of 150 of his fellow Jewish prisoners to brazenly perform Verdi's Requiem before the very Nazis who had condemned them to death.
Transcending the horrors around them, night after night they rehearsed in a dark, mouldy and suffocating cellar, with a broken piano. In a calm message of defiance, each time a choir member was murdered by the SS, a new singer would replace them. The final performance took place in front of the camp's Nazi brass, visiting high-ranking SS officers from Berlin and gullible Red Cross inspectors brought in to verify that the prisoners were being well treated.
This film features surviving Nazi propaganda footage of Terezin as it was perversely stage-managed during a Red Cross inspection visit to appear like an attractive Jewish commune. Shortly after the performance, both Schachter and most of his choir would be sent to Auschwitz. But through the transformation of Verdi's music into a proclamation of their unbroken spirit and warning of God's coming wrath against their captors, the prisoners had been able to sing to their captors what they dared not say.
For over ten years, distinguished American conductor Murry Sidlin, who found out about the choir in the 1990s, dreamed of bringing the Requiem back to Terezin. Now, through soaring concert footage, powerful survivor recollections, cinematic dramatizations and evocative animation, their heartbreaking story is brought to life."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03slv8r)

JBBC MEMO 234

this evening (tuesday 28th), 11.05-11.17pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
Outlook includes …

"rose fostanes, the winner of israeli x factor and a filipina care worker, speaks to matthew bannister. "

(already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01q8ttw)


happygoldfish

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:01

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JBBC MEMO 235

this morning (wednesday 29th), 10.15-10.24am, on bbc radio 4
midweek includes …

"Steven Isserlis is the renowned cellist, writer and teacher who performs with orchestras around the world. Steven and his sisters have released Julius Isserlis: Piano Music featuring newly discovered work by their Russian Jewish grandfather - pianist and composer Julius Isserlis.
Julius, who was a contemporary of Rachmaninov and Scriabin, fled Communist Russia in 1922 and in 1938 escaped from Vienna which was in the grip of the Nazis."

(if you missed it, available from 0:15:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03s754c)

JBBC MEMO 236

tomorrow afternoon (thursday 30th), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4
wisdom (episode 2 of the ideas that make us)

"Bettany Hughes enquires into changing ideas of wisdom by watching a football match and going to a synagogue to hear the Song of Deborah being sung.
The Ideas That Make Us is a Radio 4 series which reveals the history of the most influential ideas in the story of civilisation, ideas which continue to affect us all today.
In this 'archaeology of philosophy', the award-winning historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes begins each programme with the first, extant evidence of a single word-idea in Ancient Greek culture and travels both forwards and backwards in time, investigating how these ideas have been moulded by history and have shaped the human experience.
… with … Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03s9tmc)

JBBC MEMO 237

tomorrow evening (thursday 30th), 8.00-8.30pm, on bbc radio 4
dieudonné: france's most dangerous comedian? (part of the the report series)

"Dieudonné has divided France with his controversial comedy.
His shows are sold out, his videos get millions of hits online, and people around the world from firefighters to famous footballers have been photographed doing the 'quenelle', a gesture he popularised.
Many fans see Dieudonne and the quenelle as expressing their anger and disillusionment with 'the system'.
But the French government has banned his shows and his opponents say Dieudonne is a dangerous anti-Semite who is popularising the ideas of the extreme-right.
Helen Grady investigates why Dieudonne has become so popular, and whether his critics are right to claim he's become a 'recruiting sergeant' for the French National Front."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03s9tv5)

JBBC MEMO 238

tomorrow night (thursday 30th), 11.35pm-12.30, on itv
strictly kosher: episode 2 (of season 2)

"Conclusion. Bernette Clarke talks about the Jewish mourning period following the death of her mother-in-law, explaining why her husband Michael will not be able to take part in any festivals or enjoy himself for a year.
Joel Lever takes a trip to Paris to stock up on the latest fashions for his boutique, while Rabbi Zevi Saunders visits a wedding fair in preparation for his big day.
Jack Aizenberg explores the site of the concentration camp in which he was held, before returning to Manchester for a moving bar mitzvah with his family"

(if you miss it, available at http://www.locatetv.com/tv/strictly-kosher/season-2/7627395)


StevenKalka

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 14:50

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http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/115226/scarlett-johansson-quits-oxfam-...

I'm glad she quit Oxfam. It serves them right. Maybe they can get Roger Waters as a replacement.


happygoldfish

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:51

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JBBC MEMO 239

this morning (friday 31st), 8.43-8.48am, on bbc radio 4
today includes kevin connolly interviewing sodastream manager daniel birnbaum, palestinian foreman nabeel besharat, and amena saleem of the psc (palestine solidarity campaign)

"We are giving livelihood to 500 Palestinians who feed 5,000 people and who will have no other jobs. Throwing them into unemployment is not what's going to bring peace to this area, that's for sure. …
Scarlett Johansson, she's not only a superhero in her movies, she's a superhero in real life … As an individual I am not waiting anymore for politicians to make peace. I have been waiting for 45 years and look where we are today.
What we have decided at SodaStream is to start making peace on our own, and let the politicians do what they do when they get around to it."
"We have to ensure our good income … it's an excellent place to work, we have health insurance, they treat us good, they give us good opportunities … "

(if you missed it, available from 2:43:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03s9y33)
see also the bbc news article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25966781
and a video at http://www.whyisrael.org/2013/05/01/sodastream-building-bridges-not-wall...

interestingly, although the bbc have INCLUDED the clearly audible "1 2 3 4, OCCUPATION NO MORE, 5 6 7 8, ISRAEL IS A TERROR STATE" chanted over six times as a 50-second-long background (from 2:44:30 to 2:45:20) to a psc demonstration, they have CUT the chant "FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA, PALESTINE SHALL BE FREE"

the full version of this chanting can be heard at the bbc's own webpage http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25972401
presumably the "today" producers did not want listeners to know that the psc wants the destruction of israel, that this censored chant calls for?


StevenKalka

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:54

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Thia afternoon on BBC 4 radio, you'll hear a premier of enactments of interactions between Moses and Egyptian pharaohs when he interpreted their dreams. Moses kept records and archives were recently discovered.

A sample:

"Moses. Last night I dreamt I looked at my mother and she had your face. I woke right up, gulped down a goblet of wine, and came right over here to see you."

Moses responded, "A goblet of wine. You call that a breakfast".


joemillis1959

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 15:48

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Very good, Steven. Tomorrow, in Part 2, in a programme entitled the Protocols of Sinai, Moses is advised to "keep taking the Tablets".


StevenKalka

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 13:39

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Saturday night on BBC Radio 4, they're broadcasting Al Jolson's number 1 song in Japan, "Climb upon my Knee, SONY Boy" for the first time ever.


StevenKalka

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 13:41

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That's a good one. They should ask Mel Brooks to be Moses.


joemillis1959

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 17:02

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Who else?


joemillis1959

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 17:02

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And on BBC Radio 3, Handel's (He's Not) The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) - incidental music about the Lubavitch Rebbe.


happygoldfish

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 08:31

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JBBC MEMO 240

yesterday morning (sunday 2nd), 9.27-9.30am, on bbc radio 4
broadcasting house includes hugh sykes looking at french and german poetry from world war 1, and interviewing professor peter applebaum, author of "war poetry and stories: the great war, a jewish lost generation" and "loyalty betrayed: jewish chaplains in the german army during the first world war"

"12,000 german jewish soldiers died in the first world war"

(if you missed it, available from 0:27:40 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03sr7dt)
see also http://www.warpoetry.co.uk/war_poetry_books.htm

For SCoJeC
February 3, 2014
MEMO 382 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_382_3_february_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 241

this afternoon (monday 3rd), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4
beyond belief: the ahmedi community presented by ernie rea, with imam ataul rashed (of the ahmedi london mosque), sahib bleher (founder of the islamic party of britain), and simon valentine (author of "islam and the ahmaddiya jama'at")

"A Christian cannot be the president of the state of Israel …"

how kind of the bbc to insert important information about israel into the apparently irrelevant topic of ahmedi islam!
hmm … i wonder why they didn't mention that a black person can't be president of the usa?
(if you missed it, available from 0:22:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03srhz6)
see also http://www.knesset.gov.il/laws/special/eng/basic12_eng.htm

JBBC MEMO 242

tonight (wednesday 5th), 11.06-11.19pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
who killed my friend daniel pearl? (in the outlook series)

"Asra Nomani was a friend and colleague of Daniel Pearl.
After he was beheaded by militants she was determined to use her skills as a reporter to track down all those involved - she tells Matthew Bannister how she came face to face with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who claimed responsibility for the killing. "

(already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01qt67g)

(see also http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12243257)

JBBC MEMO 243

last saturday morning (februrary 8th), 11.30am-12.00 on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent includes …

"What do Judaism and Confucianism have in common?
Quite a lot apparently, as Michael Goldfarb's been discovering in the Chinese city of Jinan."

(if you missed it, available from 0:18:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03tqx9z)

JBBC MEMO 244

yesterday evening (sunday 9th), 8.00-9.00pm on bbc 1
call the midwife includes a story-line about a jewish holocaust survivor (beverley klein) who cannot leave the house, but whose family (orion ben and ilan goodman) want to "get out of the east end" and move to golders green
(series 3 episode 4)

"Jenny's life is turned upside down when Alec has a terrible accident.
Sister Winifred helps a holocaust survivor bury the past and Shelagh decides to join the local choir."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03vmfsm/Call_the_Midwife_Series_3_...)

For SCoJeC
February 10, 2014
MEMO 383 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_383_10_february_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 245

this morning (monday 10th), 9.00-10.00am on bbc radio 4 (repeated this evening, 9.30pm)
start the week headlines with irving finkel (author of "the ark before noah") on his deciphiring of the babylonian "ark tablet"

"The curator Irving Finkel decodes the symbols on a 4,000 year old clay tablet and discovers the instructions for the building of an ark."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03trkc1)
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

JBBC MEMO 246

this afternoon (monday 10th), 3.30-4.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated from yesterday afternoon 12.30-1.00pm)
claudia roden: a life through food (in the food programme series)

"Claudia Roden talks about her life, cooking and Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food."

with several contributions from simon schama
(already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03tr7j0)

JBBC MEMO 247

yesterday evening (monday 10th), 7.15-7.45pm, on bbc radio 4
front row includes …

"John Wilson talks to the cellist Raphael Wallfisch about his new CD of Jewish music, including Schelomo by Bloch.
Raphael has dedicated to his grandparents, who died in the Holocaust, and to his mother Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who survived Auschwitz by playing the cello in the Auschwitz Women’s Orchestra."

(if you missed it, available from 0:20:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03trq90)

JBBC MEMO 117A

this afternoon (wednesday 12th), 2.15-3.00pm on bbc radio 4:
the gestapo minutes by adam ganz (author of listening to the generals), with ed stoppard and julian rhind-tutt, and featuring robin lustig (repeated from july 2013)

Under the Nazis, Michel Oppenheim, lawyer, patriot and porcelain collector is made head of the jewish community in Mainz [in Germany].
The minutes of his regular meetings with Gestapo functionary Schwoerer survive.
Civilly, they discuss the pettiest details of Nazi terror, and arrangements for the deportations east. Thanks to his non-Jewish wife Oppenheim survives.
Once the war ends the tables are turned. Schwoerer begs Oppenheim for a testimonial, which could save him from US war crimes trial and execution. Oppenheimer must decide whether to help the man who sat across the table during the past six years of horror and humiliation.

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b037jbtn)
see also http://www.thejc.com/arts/arts-features/109857/dramatic-turning-tables-g...

JBBC MEMO 248

this morning (thursday 13th), 11.00-11.30am on bbc radio 4:
from our own correspondent includes simon cox visiting gaza city on a british council radio training project, and sampling the food and entertainment
(if you missed it, available from 0:22:50 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03tt7kv)

JBBC MEMO 249

yesterday morning (sunday 16th), 9.00-10.00am on bbc radio 4:
broadcasting house includes kevin connolly at a sturgeon farm in the river dan on kibbutz dan on the lebanese border, where endoscopic examination under clove oil anaesthetic identifies the females whose caviar is sold four years later at $400 for 50 grams (and yigal ben-zvi singing a slightly rude song about how cold the river is)
(if you missed it, available from 0:51:20 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03vcyx6)
(see also http://beautyprez.com/sturgeon-caviar-black-gold-of-israel/ and http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/10/13199865-this-4000-per-jar...)

StevenKalka

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:55

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Suppose instead of Three Wise Men visiting Bethlehem, there were Three Wise Jewish Women.

Tonight on BBC 4 radio we're enacting gossip amongst those women such as:

"Did you see that schmatta Mary was wearing? And what's with those sandals? I heard that Joseph doesn't have a job."

As a special bonus, we'll close with Jewish country and western songs:

1) Honky Tonk Nights on the Golan Heights

2) I Balanced your Books but you Broke my Heart


happygoldfish

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 08:33

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JBBC MEMO 250

this afternoon (monday 17th), 1.45-2.00pm on bbc radio 4:
hungary's crusading conductor (episode 1 of 5 of europe's trouble-makers)

"In Hungary, Lucy Ash meets Ivan Fischer - the conductor and composer who is holding up a mirror to Hungarian society and using culture to expose growing racial intolerance.
The success of the extreme right wing party Jobbik in the 2010 elections prompted him to write an opera denouncing anti-Semitism.
Fischer's opera, The Red Heifer draws on an incident 130 years ago when a young girl went missing in a village in North East Hungary.
Local Jews were accused of murdering the 14 year old and were eventually acquitted but blood libel stories such as these still resonate more than a century later.
But some have accused Fischer of cultural politicking and say he is in danger of besmirching the country's image abroad.
Lucy catches up with the composer as he rehearses for his next performance."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03vd7d1)
(see also http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/21/arts/music/in-hungary-a-new-opera-join... and http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/07/us-music-fischer-idUKBRE9960I72...)

For SCoJeC
February 17, 2014
MEMO 384 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_384_17_february_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

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yesterday morning (wednesday 19th), 12.30-1.00am on bbc news tv:
stephen sackur interviews veteran palestinian negotiator saeb erekat (in the hardtalk series)

"What must it be like to have been at the centre of the seemingly endless and fruitless quest for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal for more than two decades? And is there any reason for expectations to rise as US Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to publish his own outline for a deal?
Are we approaching a defining moment or a dead end?"

includes (09:25) saeb erekat's extraordinary claim that palestinians are descended from the canaanites and the *natufians (and not from the ishmaelites) …

"My narrative is that I'm the son of Jericho, I'm the proud son of Jericho: my home town this year is ten thousand years old.
The *Natufians built this town, I'm their ancestor [descendant], I'm their grandchild. I'm the grandchild of the Canaanites, it's my narrative, it's my story, it's my history, it's my religion.
I was here thousands of year before Joshua ben Nun came and burnt my home town town Jericho. So why should I say Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people?"

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03v33qd/HARDtalk_Saeb_Erekat_Pales...)
(* wikipedia: "The Natufian culture was an Epipaleolithic culture that existed from 13,000 to 9,800 B.C. in the Levant, a region in the Eastern Mediterranean.")

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tomorrow morning (saturday 21st), 9.00-10.00am on bbc radio 4:
saturday live includes studio guests yotam ottolenghi and eva schloss

"Yotam Ottolenghi is a cook and writer.
Brought up in Jerusalem he now runs a successful restaurant and deli business in London.
He has also presented a cookery series on Ch4: Ottolenghi's Mediterranean Feast."
"Auschwitz survivor, Eva Schloss, a childhood friend of Anne Frank, shares her Inheritance Tracks this week.
Eva inherits the Trout Quintet by Schubert and passes on ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ by Louis Armstrong
Her latest book is called ‘After Auschwitz’."

(if you miss it, available at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03vtcwj)

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last friday evening (21st february), 7.32-7.45pm on bbc radio 4:
front row includes tom sutcliffe interviewing award winning writer david grossman about falling out of time.

"Combining drama, prose and poetry, the book tells the story of bereaved parents setting out to reach their lost children.
David Grossman, whose own son died in 2006, discusses the art of writing about loss and grief."

(if you missed it, available from 0:16:25 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03vh0cz)


happygoldfish

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 09:08

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last tuesday evening (18th february), 7.00pm channel 4 news on channel 4:
propaganda piece presented as news, by award-winning channel 4 journalist jonathan miller: abdel karim - the boy from gaza who never smiles:
jonathan miller was sent to investigate the poor state of the gaza health service, and the thousands of gazan children being treated free in israeli hospitals,
but somehow managed only to report that one boy's free treatment was delayed (without apparent harm to him) because the unreasonable israelis objected to him being accompanied by suspected terrorists

(jonathan miller of course also makes unsubstantiated uninvestigated claims: of other similar cases, and of import of medical radioactive source material being forbidden by the israelis)
(if you missed it, available at http://www.channel4.com/news/gaza-israel-jonathan-miller-bran-tumour-abd...)

this is the same award-winning jonathan miller who, the day before, felt it appropriate to present a report entitled Gaza’s paralysis: the story of Arab Dola whose sole purpose was to compare gaza under israel with a quadraplegic who could not move below the neck, and needed everything to be done for him, including even "toilet" functions

(05:58) "Gaza's quadraplegic 'Bruce Lee' lies rasping for breath, a metaphor for his crippled unrecognised nation."

(if you missed it, available at http://blogs.channel4.com/miller-on-foreign-affairs/gazas-paralysis-stor...)
for israeli medical assistance to gaza see also http://www.cogat.idf.il/901-11020-en/Cogat.aspx and http://www.cogat.idf.il/901-11435-en/Cogat.aspx and generally http://www.cogat.idf.il/901-en/Cogat.aspx
(to be updated on future important pieces by jonathan miller, bookmark http://www.channel4.com/news/jonathan-miller)

a comprehensive review of erekat's "palestinian narrative" can be read at http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=15323, including …

The imaginary link between the Canaanites and the Palestinians as supposed proof of a stronger, more legitimate Palestinian claim to the land has been inculcated in classrooms by way of PA-issued textbooks. Ido Mizrahi, a government official in the Strategic Affairs Ministry who has investigated Palestinian incitement, found that children from second grade until high school in the West Bank and Gaza are taught that the Canaanites were Arabs.
"The Canaanite Arabs were the first to live in Palestine," reads a second-grade textbook in the Palestinian school system. The goal of the lesson is clearly stated. "It is for the student to create a linkage between the land of Palestine and the Canaanite people that lived there."
In an educational textbook used by seventh grade students, children are taught that "the Canaanite Palestinians are those who invented the ancient alphabet".

happygoldfish

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:54

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yesterday evening (tuesday 25th), 7.15-7.22pm on bbc radio 4:
front row includes novelist Meg Rosoff reviewing the film of the book thief

"Based on the bestselling novel by Markus Zusak, the film of The Book Thief - starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson - tells the story of a spirited young girl Liesel in World War II Germany.
Liesel finds solace from the war by stealing books and sharing them with others."

(if you missed it, available from 00:00:55 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03w02sg)

For SCoJeC
February 24, 2014
MEMO 385 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_385_24_february_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

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this evening (wednesday 26th) 10.45-11.00pm on bbc radio 3:
julia neuberger on forgiveness (episode 3 of 5, monday to friday, in the essay series: this week's other essayists on forgiveness are monday: madeleine bunting, tuesday: mark vernon, thursday: david starkey, and friday: michael symmons roberts

"Five people on what Forgiveness is, what it isn't, and how you do it.
Baroness Julia Neuberger: 'It's not a case of Jews equal stern justice, Christians gentle love. We just don't see how vicarious forgiveness makes sense.'."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03w0k60)

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last monday evening (24th february), 10.00-11.00pm on bbc radio 2:
barbara windsor's east end men: marty feldman (episode 2 of 3)

"This week, Barbara celebrates one of the unsung greats of British comedy whose unique gift for satire and slapstick fuelled the careers of many national treasures, Marty Feldman.
With new interviews from Mel Brooks, Michael York, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Robert Ross (Marty's biographer), Geoffrey Robertson QC, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03w0108)

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last tuesday midday (25th february), 12.30-12.55pm on bbc radio 2:
vanessa feltz (standing in for jeremy vine) on denmark's ban of halal and kosher meat, including a report by malcolm brabant and interviews with brent holst of the danish animal ethics council and kamran iqbal of the danish halal federation
(if you missed it, available from 0:32:55 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03w01lc)

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tomorrow evening (saturday 1st), 7.15-7.45pm on bbc radio 4:
saturday review chaired by tom sutcliffe includes discussion of the book thief
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03wgt9p)

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tomorrow night (saturday 1st), 10.30pm-12.35 on bbc 2:
the producers (2005 remake)

happygoldfish

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 13:36

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last friday afternoon (28th february), 4.00-4.30pm on bbc radio 4:
last word includes alice herz-sommer

"Aasmah Mir speaks to her friend and neighbour, filmmaker Christopher Nupen.
Born 26 November 1903; died 23 February 2014 aged 110."

(if you missed it, available from 0:05:20 to 0:13:50 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03w3g57)

For SCoJeC
March 3, 2014
MEMO 386 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_386_3_march_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 261

monday to friday afternoon (3rd to 7th and 10th to 14th), 2.30-2.45pm on bbc radio 4extra (freeview channel 708):
disobedience by naomi alderman (10 episodes)

"4 Extra Debut. Ronit Krushka is in America. When her father, an eminent rabbi, dies she is obliged to return home to Hendon.
Read by Sara Kestelman and Tracy-Ann Oberman."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0076x3s)

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this evening (monday 3rd), 8.00-8.30pm on channel 4:
hate on the terraces (in the dispatches – undercover series) includes …

"Anti-Semitic Abuse
Channel 4 Dispatches attended two West Ham games away against Tottenham and filmed several examples of anti-Semitic abuse on the way to the ground both outside and inside the stadium, in front of both police and stewards. There is currently no FA or Police investigation into West Ham.
During a match last September, we also filmed some Chelsea fans mocking the home club’s Jewish links – by mimicking the sound of Nazi gas chambers.
After the game, our undercover reporter informed Tottenham’s stewards about the anti-Semitic incident but was fobbed off by disinterested staff.
The governing body has been criticized for not enforcing stricter punishments on clubs, whose fans are repeatedly racist.
Piara Powar from the FIFA Anti-Discrimination Taskforce says: “The problem is that the Premier League clubs and the Football League clubs have a significant voice within the FA. They may be the ones who are stopping reform of the FA’s rules because they fear that it will have a negative impact on them.”
FA Director of Governance and Regulation, Darren Bailey says: “I don't think we’re influenced by them but I think the way in which the sport’s governance now operate is a much more nuanced style, it’s not the clinking fist coming down from above...
it’s important that you don't create the impression that the clubs are not concerned about these things coming to light, they do want them to be dealt with....and that sends a very powerful signal.”
“They [the football clubs] understand that this affects their business, they understand that it affects their brand, they understand it affects their club and they want to do something about it.”
Jewish Tottenham fan Raymond Simonson believes that more than two people should have been punished for anti-Semitic chanting at last year’s West Ham v Tottenham match.
“Nowhere near enough when there were tens maybe even hundreds of fans that were saying it. If the reason that we don’t arrest people for committing a crime is because there is too many of them to arrest, we’ve got to start thinking about the systems. Because if there were a hundred people committing a robbery on that bank... we wouldn’t say oh there is too many to arrest, we’ll do a token arrest of one”, he says.
In response to our investigation the Premier League says:
“The Premier League and our member clubs are committed to eradicating discriminatory behaviour at our football matches.
Steward training focuses on dealing with discriminatory abuse and improved reporting procedures have been introduced, including guidance on how to report at the match or later on.
The new Kick It Out reporting app makes reporting issues more accessible and discreet.
Stewarding is backed up by improved CCTV in grounds and by the use of sanctions against offenders, including expulsion from the ground, suspension of season tickets, and banning from future matches.
“Most of the alleged offences identified by Dispatches took place outside grounds and beyond the control of football clubs, however The Premier League and our clubs have always worked closely with the Police …. to ensure that if criminality is involved then robust action is taken, ….we have always argued for the strongest possible action where the evidence merits it.”"

(if you miss it, available at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/episode-guide/series-130/e...)
see also http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-dispatches-on-racism-i...

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this morning (tuesday 4th), 9.30-9.45am on bbc radio 4 (repeated friday evening 9.45-10.00pm) (first of 2 episodes)
one to one: emma barnett

"Emma Barnett is 29 and Women's Editor of the Daily Telegraph. She regards herself as a feminist, she demands equality in the workplace and in all aspects of her secular life. But she has a secret: as an orthodox Jew, when attending synagogue, she is happy to sit separately from the men, not to take part in the service and finds it hard to embrace the concept of women rabbis.
For the next two weeks in One to One, Emma tries to get to resolve this contradiction by talking to women who also wrestle with this dilemma; when the values you hold in secular life are not the same as those in your religious life, those you hold in your public life may not be the same as those in your private life.
Emma says; 'This is an uncomfortable position, I want to rid my brain of these views, which don't make sense to me in my daily life. I would like unpack this double standard and get rid of this illogical hypocrisy.'
This week she talks to a highly successful barrister, feminist and orthodox jew who explains how she relieves the tensions raised by her contradictory life."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03wphhl)

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this evening (wednesday 5th), 10.30-11.00pm on bbc radio 3
free thinking includes …

"The pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who gave concerts while she was incarcerated in Terezín, was the oldest known holocaust survivor until her death last week at the age of 110.
Michael Goldfarb considers her life.
Michael Goldfarb's new book is called Emancipation, How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ybpf8)

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tomorrow afternoon (thursday 6th), 3.30-4.00pm on bbc radio 4
bookclub: disobedience - naomi alderman, with james naughtie

"Naomi Alderman, listed as one of Granta's Best Young Novelists 2013, responds to readers' questions about her first novel Disobedience.
Alderman, herself a product of London's Jewish community, tells the story of Ronit, a young woman who's escaped her Orthodox upbringing for independence in New York. Ronit is forced to face her past when she returns home after her father, a pre-eminent Rabbi, dies.
Disobedience won the 2006 Orange Award for New Writers."

(already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03wgzqx)

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yesterday evening (wednesday 5th), 11.18-11.28pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
outlook with jo fidgeon includes …

"American writer Gideon Lewis-Kraus remembers the day his rabbi father came out.
His book is called A Sense of Direction."

(if you missed it, available from 0:12:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01swtr9)

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tomorrow night (friday 7th), 11.05pm-12.35, on bbc 2
the best of men with eddie marsan rob brydon richard mccabe and tracy-ann oberman

"Entertaining drama about the birth of the Paralympics in 1948.
The remarkable Dr Guttmann comes to Stoke Mandeville Hospital and begins to transform the lives of his patients.
They are paralysed soldiers, written off and facing death from neglect. Their big breakthrough comes when Guttmann introduces sport into their rehabilitation."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01m1jqd/The_Best_of_Men/)

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sunday afternoon (9th march), 4.00-4.30pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated next thursday afternoon, 3.30-4.00pm)
open book: readers' guide to stefan zweig

"With the release of Wes Anderson's film The Grand Budapest Hotel, we explore the life and works of the writer who inspired it - Stefan Zweig.
Tobias Hill talks to Mariella Frostrup about his latest novel What was Promised, set initially in 1948 in the war torn streets of the East End of London.

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03xcxdz)


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Wed, 03/12/2014 - 15:01

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Have any Laborites come out as strongly as David Cameron on these issues? Just wondering.

["On Israel's relationships, imagine, as John Kerry put it: 'Mutual recognition of the nation state of the Palestinian people and the nation state of the Jewish people'. Let's be clear what that means.]

What John Kerry said here is fine. What him and President Obama have been saying to Bibi to pressure him to make concessions before Hamas has agreed to accept Israel as a Jewish state is not so fine. The two of them have been playing a good cop / bad cop routine. First John Kerry proclaims Israel will suffer from boycotts if it doesn't make a deal. Then to top it off, while Kerry flies to the Mideast, Obama undercuts his initiatives by making similar comments in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of Atlantic Magazine.


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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:09

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this morning (monday 10th), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (shortened repeat this evening, 9.30-10.00pm)
start the week: the legacy of france's arab empire includes brief discussions on dieudonné and anti-semitism in algeria, and on relations between israelis and palestinians

gabrielle rifkind: (a practising psychotherapist and group analyst, who works in conflict resolution in the middle east):
"People are very trapped in their own history, their own experiences."

"… collective trauma … when you've been traumatised yourself, the last thing you want to do is to get into the mind of the other."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03xd3hb)

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monday to friday mornings (10th to 14th march), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated after midnight, 12.30-12.45am)
a sense of direction by gideon lewis-kraus (5 episodes, in the book of the week series)

"The author Gideon Lewis-Kraus describes leaving America for life in Berlin, to ease the sadness after his father abandoned the family home.
But Berlin isn't enough and only embarking on a series of world-wide pilgrimages will help him. The journeys turn out both amusing and moving, and are abridged in five episodes by Katrin Williams."
"1. It's on a trip to Tallin that that Gideon agrees with his friend Tom to walk the Camino in Spain.
Later, reality bites!"
"2. Travel on the Camino continues. There are hardships, but also rewarding friendships with Roman and David, and the lovely Nora and Alina.."
"3. The next adventure is Shikoku, Japan. It's a temple pilgrimage that goes round and round, and in the wettest of weather.."
"4. Grandfather Max has gone back to America, so the author proceeds alone on his circular Temple trail.."
"5. It's to Uman in Ukraine to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with brother Micah - and their elusive father!"

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03xd3hd)

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monday to friday evenings (10th to 14th march), 6.30-7.30pm, on bbc radio 3
composer of the week: felix mendelssohn (1809-1847)

"Donald Macleod marvels over the scale of the Mendelssohn family's music-making.
Felix Mendelssohn had a remarkable, if brief career, cut short at the age of just 38 in 1847.
He was born into an exceptional family. His grandfather Moses was a much respected Jewish philosopher, while his father Abraham, a wealthy Jewish banker and his mother Lea, a cultivated, musical woman had the standing and means to provide their four children with every opportunity Berlin society could offer.
Only a handful of composers can match Mendelssohn's precocious talent. A child prodigy, famously likened by his friend Robert Schumann to Mozart, Felix's public career began at the age of 9. Between the ages of 11 and 15, he wrote 13 strings symphonies, 5 concertos, 4 operas, chamber music, piano and organ pieces, solo songs and choral pieces.
Across the week Donald explores the musical treasures inspired by these formative years."
1. "Few composers can have received a warmer welcome in Britain than Felix Mendelssohn.
He owes one of his biggest successes, "Elijah" to the warm reception it received from the British public.
He arrived for what would be the first of many visits in 1829. After a very rough crossing during which he endured terrible sea-sickness, his first destination was London, where he put up in rented rooms at 103 Great Portland Street, just around the corner from the BBC's Broadcasting House.
Armed with a set of visiting cards to which the English "Mr." had been added, he cut an elegant figure in London society, enjoying great success as a conductor, pianist and composer. Having charmed the English, Mendelssohn travelled to Scotland, where a trip to the Hebridean island of Staffa inspired one of his best loved overtures."
2. "Today, Donald Macleod examines the rich cultural surroundings in which Felix Mendelssohn grew up. Beginning around 1821, the family mounted "Sunday musicales" in their substantial home. At these concerts, Felix and elder sister Fanny were able to present their latest compositions to the movers and shakers of Berlin society."
3. "Today Donald Macleod looks at Mendelssohn's early training.
Mendelssohn's education was nothing if not thorough. From the age of nine, a long list of tutors arrived at the family home to teach a comprehensive list of subjects ranging from Latin to geography but perhaps the man was to have the most profound influence over him in his early years was Carl Zelter, the director of Singakademie."
4. "Growing up in the nineteenth century, part of a young man's experience was an extensive period of travel. Having won over the great man of letters, Goethe, a few years earlier, armed with a reputation that ensured a warm welcome wherever he went, in 1829 Mendelssohn left his teenage years well and truly behind him.
He spread his wings on a trip that would occupy him for the best part of three years. Wherever he went he collected impressions, among them the material for his so-called "Italian" symphony, which he said was going to be, "the jolliest piece I have ever done"!"
5. "Donald Macleod looks at the rather bumpier ride Mendelssohn's reputation was given in the years after his death, before the reassessment he's enjoying in our own century."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03x17ws)

For SCoJeC
March 10, 2014
MEMO 387 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_387_10_march_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

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tonight (monday 10th), 11.35pm-12.35, on bbc1 northern ireland
the last minyan (episode 5 of series 2 of true north)

"The Last Minyan tells the story of the disappearing world of the Belfast Jewish community, as seen from the inside.
Film-maker Aaron Black observes the ageing community as it struggles to gather the ten men or Minyan needed for a prayer service.
The film explores the reasons why keeping the synagogue open and the community going is so important to those who remain.
Small Jewish communities are dying all over the UK, this is the story of one of them."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03xq462/True_North_Series_2_The_La...)
for story, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-26504260

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tomororow afternoon (tuesday 11th), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4
victor gollancz (episode 2 of 5 in the publishing lives series)

"Victor Gollancz was a giant of 20th century British publishing.
The firm he founded published works by Ford Madox Ford, George Orwell, Elizabeth Bowen, Daphne du Maurier, Franz Kafka, Kingsley Amis and John le Carre.
Gollancz used the profits from these bestselling authors to fund his political mission. He created the pioneering Left Book Club to campaign against the rise of fascism in Europe. It gained 45,000 members in its first year and, at its peak, was distributing nearly 60,000 books a month. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell was its most famous title.
Victor Gollancz was a rare breed - a publisher with a social conscience. He was a great literary man who devoted his life to contemporary causes. In the process, he helped to change the world.
The Observer's Robert McCrum talks to publishing insiders including bestselling author, John le Carré, and Victor Gollancz's daughter Livia Gollancz."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03xf0g5)

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tomororow evening (tuesday 11th), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3
free thinking: david grossman

"David Grossman's new book Falling Out of Time mixes poetry, drama and fiction to explore the emotion of grief and loss. His own son died in 2006.
He is also the author of non fiction books including Death as a Way of Life: From Oslo to the Geneva Agreement. When he was in London for Jewish Book Week, Free Thinking invited him to join Matthew Sweet in the studio to discuss his new book, its place in his work as a whole and the part he hopes it can play in the discourse about Israel today."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03x1p4l)

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tomororow evening (thursday 13th), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3
free thinking: gary shteyngart and jonathan lethem

"American authors Jonathan Lethem and Gary Shteyngart discuss radicalism, belonging and the difference between memoirs and novels with Samira Ahmed.
Gary Shteyngart is the author of Super Sad True Love Story, Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante's Handbook.
Born in Leningrad, he moved to America in the '70s.
His new memoir is called Little Failure."
"Jonathan Lethem's books include The Fortress of Solitude, Motherless Brooklyn and Chronic City.
His new novel Dissident Gardens draws on his upbringing in hippie New York and explores radicalism from American communism and folk music to the Occupy movement."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03x1p4q)

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this morning (friday 14th), 3.42-3.50am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
edmund de waal (in the outlook series)

"Edmund De Waal is a writer and a potter. He is best known for large scale displays, made from lots and lots of simple porcelain pots.
He told Nicki Paxman about his precious collection of 17th Century Japanese Netsuke carvings, which has been in his family for generations.
.Edmund de Waal: Atmosphere opens at Turner Contemporary in the UK on 29 March 2014 and runs until 8 February 2015."

(if you missed it, available from 0:36:25 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01tcm8j)


happygoldfish

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 14:05

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this evening (monday 17th), 8.00-8.30pm, on bbc radio 4
the roots of extremism

"What drives people to exterminate others? The historian Daniel Pick reveals the story of an extraordinary project which aimed to unearth persecution's roots, from witch-hunts to the Holocaust and beyond.
In 1961, Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief organisers of the Holocaust, was tried in Jerusalem. Among those deeply troubled by his apparent ordinariness was David Astor, the editor of the Observer.
Astor was also an enthusiastic champion of psychoanalysis, and made a speech declaring that the 'political psychopathology' of Nazism - and other examples of persecution and extermination - should be investigated. And he had the money to make this happen.
The historian Norman Cohn contacted Astor and offered to help. Cohn was the author of The Pursuit of the Millennium, a pioneering study of the ways medieval utopian visions led to 'purifying' massacres.
With Astor's support, Cohn set up the Columbus Centre, a team of historians, sociologists and other scholars who set about investigating the psychological roots of the Nazi mass killings of Jews and Gypsies, and much earlier examples such as the witch-hunts across Europe in the Middle Ages.
One member of the team, psychiatrist Dr Henry Dicks, even visited West German prisons to interview convicted SS killers and concentration camp guards face to face.
In this programme, Daniel Pick investigates the story of the Columbus Centre, drawing on exclusive access to private recordings of the Centre's meetings.
And he explores the impact of the project today, from terrorism studies to the Tribunal that tried the perpetrators of the Rwanda genocide.
With: Jeremy Lewis, Lucy Astor, Adrian Dicks, Marina Voikhanskaya, Steven Reicher, John Horgan, Frank Chalk, Albie Sachs."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03y0n8g)

JBBC MEMO 277

tonight (early tuesday morning 18th), 1.50-2.20am, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9):
more old jews telling jokes (1st of 2 episodes, repeated from nov 2012):

"They're back! More old Jews tell their favourite jokes. Old, new, clean and not so clean, the evergreen pensioners provide the laughs in this fresh batch of funnies."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01p2pm8/More_Old_Jews_Telling_Joke...)

For SCoJeC
March 18, 2014
MEMO 388 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_388_18_march_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

happygoldfish

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:44

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JBBC MEMO 267

this morning (thursday 6th), 8.03-8.05am on bbc radio 4
today with mishal husain includes statements by john blackwell (president-elect of the british veterinary association) …

"We're looking for a collective sort of meeting of minds, to review the evidence base that shows quite clearly that slaughtering animals without stunning compromises welfare.
If that can't happen, and we respect the beliefs of the religious sects, then we would like to see labelling at the point of sale to give the consumer informed choice, and unfortunately if that's not possible then we would be looking for a ban."

and jonathan arkush (vice-president of the jewish board of deputies) …

"Animals that are killed for the Jewish and Moslem markets do not bleed to death. Animals that are killed for the general market and the Jewish and Moslem markets are killed in exactly the same way. A large animal has its throat cut, and that renders the animal insensible to pain and unconscious."

(if you missed it, available from 2:03:45 to 2:05:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03wq2p1)

the above 8.03am broadcast presented a very shortened version of jonathan arkush's interview, in the original broadcast at 7.18-7.25am …

"I really regret John Blackwell's remarks, which are completely misleading to your listeners.
Animals that are killed for the Jewish and Moslem markets do not bleed to death.
Animals that are killed for the general market and the Jewish and Moslem markets are killed in exactly the same way. A large animal has its throat cut, and that renders the animal insensible to pain and unconscious.
The Jewish method is designed to bring that process about instantly, and using tendentious language really is unhelpful.
The Jewish religion focuses on the most humane way of bring an animal's death about. If you eat meat you have to accept that an animal that is live is then killed and the most important thing to do is to do it humanely.
… [halal meat] …
Animal welfare organisations have shown that pre-stunning fails to stun in between 9 and 31 per cent of cases, depending on which animal welfare charity you go to. The RSPCA figure I think is about 9%. When an animal is mis-stunned it suffers enormous pain and distress.
When you eat your chicken from the supermarket you need to know that it's been carried by an industral conveyor belt and dumped in a bath of electrocuted water. We don't do that, we wouldn't do that.

Let's avoid the pejorative phrase 'ritual stunning'. There's no ritual in slaughter of food for animals for the kosher market. On the contrary it's a humane act designed to bring about the animal's end very quickly.
If you take the lower end of 9% of animals mis-stunned, the total number of animals who suffer that pain and distress vastly exceeds the whole kosher market by a factor of about 10.
… In Denmark what you had was a political act designed for populist reasons because of prejudice against Muslims. My worry is that Mr Blackwell is going down that road, of speaking in ways that inflame prejudice and ignoring the very real animal welfare issues that cover all the market."

(if you missed it, available from 1:18:00 to 1:25:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03wq2p1)

the BVA has never issued statements saying that kosher slaughter causes animal suffering … it always uses the meaningless phrase "compromises animal welfare"
its publicly-available documents, eg http://www.bva.co.uk/public/documents/Briefing_-_Welfare_at_slaughter_Oc..., produce no argument or facts against kosher slaughter other than the words: "Scientific evidence demonstrates that slaughter without pre-stunning compromises animal welfare."

for Shechita UK's position, see http://www.shechitauk.org/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/A_Guide_to_Shechita_..., particularly "What is so wrong with stunning?" on page 8

JBBC MEMO 269

friday evening (7th march), 8.00-8.50pm on bbc radio 4
any questions with jonathan dimbleby, danny alexander mp, stephen dorrell mp, caroline flint mp, and louise bours includes "should religious views override animal welfare?

Louise Bours (UKIP): "To eat meat, we have to kill livestock, they have to be killed in as humane a way as possibly can be, do we want to stun an animal before we kill the animal, or do we go with the moslem and jewish communities who believe that ritual slaughter is actually the most humane way?
I don't think it's something we can really legislate either for or against at all …
So what I would like to see is a choice for people: if we label things correctly, maybe then people can choose how their meat was dealt with when it was slaughtered, halal or non-halal: i think that is the way to go."

(if you missed it, available from 0:40:40 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ycxjm)

JBBC MEMO 269A

friday 17th january 2014, 1.05-6.00am, on bbc parliament tv (freeview channel 81)
question for short debate:
"To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ethical, legal and religious factors that influence the way in which some animals are slaughtered in the United Kingdom."
full transcript available at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201314/ldhansrd/text/140116-g...

Lord Trees (Crossbench) opened the debate by recounting an (apparently non-shechita) slaughter without stunning …

"… in my 45 years as a veterinary surgeon … when I first witnessed slaughter without stunning it was profoundly disturbing. The animal staggered from its killing crate, blood gushing from the neck wound, and it did not collapse into unconsciousness for some considerable time. It is that experience and others since that have caused me to bring this debate."

he then quoted from an unnamed alleged jewish vet who gave no details whatever other than a series of adjectives …

"…horrific … That horror lives fresh in my mind … this barbaric practice… unnecessary and brutal suffering …”

and quoted from the 2003 FASWC report which concluded that …

“such a massive injury would result in very significant pain and distress in the period before insensibility supervenes”.

however he made it clear that he was against a ban on shechita (and dhabihah), but called on jewish and muslim authorities to reconsider their practices
Lord Winston (Lab):

"… the notion of animal protection is stronger in Judaism than in any other world religion.
I want to speak purely as a scientist. We have heard a number of assertions here which are not scientific. With all due respect to the noble Lord, Lord Trees, death is not caused by exsanguination; it is due to interruption of the blood supply to the brain, which is immediate and has been measured. The problem with EEG measurements—electrode recording—is that they have been shown to be unsound. Indeed, the only way that you could detect pain would be by positron emission scanning of the brain, which clearly does not show any activity at all within two seconds once the blood supply has been cut. I would also argue that shechita is a much more humane method than stunning. Contrary to what some have said, it is a better method of killing animals because there is less suffering. Animals have to be calm and they are not manhandled roughly."
"I emphasise that what has been said about pain is another assumption. Of course animals may move after the brain is severed but the brain itself does not perceive pain if it is damaged and, in fact, none of the organs below the skin has pain fibres. You have some pain fibres in your trachea but they are very small. The evidence that animals suffer severe pain after one cut with an extremely sharp knife is extremely arguable. The truth is that, once you are unconscious, nobody knows what the perception of death or pain is."

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill (LD) suggested that meat should be labelled for all methods of slaughter …

"… shooting, mostly of hunting and game birds; a captive bolt gun to the skull for cows and sheep; chickens shackled by their ankles and dipped in a water bath that has an electric current running through it; herding pigs into a room and gassing them; and trapping and clubbing, which are mostly used in hunting."

he then quoted the EFSA report on the suffering caused by failed stunning …

"It is important to be honest about the incidents of mis-stunning that are recorded. The European Food Safety Authority’s report, Welfare Aspects of Animal Stunning and Killing Methods, found that the failure rate for penetrating captive bolt stunning in the non-kosher slaughter of cattle may be as high as 6.6%—the noble Lord, Lord Winston, says it is 8%—and that, for non-penetrating captive bolt stunning and electric stunning, it can rise to as high as 31%. The percentages of mis-stuns far exceed the total quantity of animals slaughtered for the Jewish community. Every year, millions of animals across Europe are mis-stunned and left in great distress. I say: label all this meat …
… A new European Commission report published on 19 December 2013 on the various stunning methods for poultry concludes that, although there are serious animal welfare concerns about the water-bath stunning of poultry, more humane methods are not “economically viable”."

Baroness Deech (CB):

" I wish to dwell on the selectivity in the Question as regards “some” animals. Ethical, religious and legal factors should be universally applied and not selective. This is a country in which fishing is a national pastime. Fish die from being left to suffocate and being gutted, which takes quite a while. We shoot foxes and trap them. We cull badgers by shooting and perhaps gassing them. We shoot stags and pheasants. We decapitate rabbits. Millions of lobsters have their claws bound and are thrown into boiling water where they thrash for a long time. Chickens and turkeys are swept through an electrically charged water bath and then are immersed in scalding water but it frequently goes wrong. It has been found that 26% of turkeys and one-third of chickens probably enter the scalding water while still alive and sensible.
Stunning cattle is vaunted as superior to Jewish slaughter, but it frequently goes wrong.
The Jewish method ensures immediate cerebral perfusion and is irreversible. No electric prods are used and one animal is not killed in the presence of another. I am not religious in my attitude to food but I greatly respect the attitude of those who are orthodox and their religious slaughtermen, who regard the killing of animals as an act that should be not only humane but infused with respect and reverence, remembering at all times the gravity of what they do and never becoming slapdash or hardened. This attitude should be more widespread, so that we do not see newspaper reports of deliberate mistreatment of animals in abattoirs for fun.
The European Food Safety Authority found that about 12 million cows suffer from failed stunning. That greatly exceeds the entire annual quantity of cattle slaughtered for the Jewish religious community, which is a few thousand. There should be more focus on what goes wrong in stunning and the cruelty inflicted on other animals, and less pointing the finger at the Jewish few thousand if we are to be fair and ethical in our worries."

Lord Gold (Con) quoted the definition of "stunning" in the european council regulations …

"The definition is,
any intentionally induced process which causes loss of consciousness and sensibility without pain, including any process resulting in instantaneous death”.
I understand that, properly undertaken, that is exactly what Jewish religious slaughter seeks to achieve."

Lord Sacks (CB) (see also http://www.rabbisacks.org/animal-welfare-shechita/)

"… for us animal welfare is a matter of high religious principle, which we take with the utmost seriousness. This is why we insist on long years of training, spiritual as well as practical, before anyone can be qualified to kill animals. In Britain, every shochet is licensed, every licence needs annual renewal, and their work is regularly supervised and reviewed.
Shechita itself, the act of animal killing, is designed to minimise animal pain. The animal must be killed by a single cut with an instrument of surgical sharpness, and in the absence of anything that might impede its smooth and swift motion. The cut achieves three things: it stuns, kills and exsanguinates in a single act. We believe that this is the most humane, or a most humane method of animal slaughter.
Quite apart from the fact that other methods are not permitted by Jewish law, we have doubts about their effectiveness. Pre-stunning by captive bolt, as your Lordships have heard, often fails at the first attempt. According to the European Food Safety Authority’s report in 2004, the failure of penetrating and non-penetrating captive bolts affects around 10 million animals, causing the animal grave distress.
In Britain, some 3 million cows annually are affected by these failures, compared to the 20,000 cows killed annually by shechita. The pain caused to animals by the use of pre-stunning methods vastly outweighs that caused by shechita, even were it the case that shechita did cause extra moments of pain. However, we are not convinced that such is the case. The failure rates of pre-stunning, and the inconclusive and highly challenged nature of some of the experimental studies done in this field, should give us pause.
Therefore, if a case is made for labelling meat to indicate how the animal was killed, this must apply to all methods of slaughter, not just to some. I hope therefore that the Jewish community will continue to work with the Government to ensure that shechita continues to the highest standards of concern for the welfare of animals, which should rightly be the concern of us all."

(formerly, but no longer, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03qkj33)

JBBC MEMO 269B

last sunday morning (16th march), 8.30-9.30am, on bbc 2 (repeated from bbc 1 on 9th march, 7.00-8.00pm)
countryfile includes tom heap investigating kosher and halal slaughter, including a visit to a halal slaughterhouse that uses electric pre-stunning, interviews with john blackwell of the BVA starting with what appears to be a complete lie, that there is no scientific evidence that shechita is painless (where do the BVA get these people from? ) …

(12:45) "All the evidence shows that animals that aren't stunned prior to slaughter don't immediately lose consciousness, so therefore they're sensible, they can feel pain, they can feel stimulation, and that process goes on for anything, 5 or 6 seconds before they actually lose consciousness. There's some research come out in New Zealand where they've anaesthetised animals and checked their brain activity by electroencephalograms – what we use in human medicine to show brain death – and this quite clearly shows that there is increased electrical activity within the brain before that period of unconsciousness comes."

and interviews with shimon cohen, campaign director of shechita uk …

(15:30) "The whole process of slaughtering animals within the Jewish tradition begins well before the last two seconds of the animal's life. This begins at birth, on the farm. We are biblically commanded to be good to animals, they're God's creatures, we have to look after them, we have to be concerned about the way they're brought up on the farm, we have to be very concerned about their transportation, we have to be concerned about the whole life of the animal, not just the last two seconds of the animal's life. The mechanical stunning methods, so well loved by the animal welfare lobby, actually go wrong very very many times, and the European Food Standards Agency is very troubled with the mechanical stunning methods. There's very little that can go wrong in the shechita method, when you have a highly trained slaughterman, a very sharp blade, and an animal."
(27:30) "We believe that labelling is hugely important, to give customers information. We believe the British people, in fact European people, should be aware whether their meat was gassed, they should be aware whether their chickens were electrocuted, they should be aware whether their cows were shot, possibly even how many times the cow was shot with a captive bolt before the stun took, and yes indeed we believe that things should indeed be labelled kosher so that British people know exactly where to buy their product. The consumer must have the right to know, It seems pretty incongruous to presuppose that you have the right to know how I kill my meat, but I don't have the right to know how you kill yours."

(if you missed it, available at 08:00-17:00 and at 22:20-29:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03yb6h2/Countryfile_Perthshire/)
see also http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/06/jewish-muslim-slaug...


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Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:13

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"Minsky argued that in the good times the seeds of the next crisis are sown as the financial sector engages in riskier and riskier lending in pursuit of profit."

In the US, it was certainly true as it was incentivized by federal banking policy.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveschaefer/2013/03/14/a-look-back-at-bear...


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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 15:18

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http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/leader/116909/boycott-hypocrites

Doesn't this remind you of the craft guilds in medieval Europe? They excluded Jews. Now they're more sophisticated. They just ban Israelis.

How history repeats itself.


happygoldfish

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:06

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JBBC MEMO 278

yesterday evening (sunday 23rd), 7.30-8.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
the last jews of kolkata (in the outlook series)

"For over two hundred years the Indian city of Kolkata had a thriving Jewish community. The Jews founded schools and printed newspapers, but now their numbers are dwindling.
The BBC's Rahul Tandon interviewed Flower Silliman, 83."

(if you missed it, available from 0:24:00 to 0:26:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01v98tk)
see also http://www.firstpost.com/living/of-matzoh-and-mothballs-the-disappearing... http://www.telegraphindia.com/1130927/jsp/frontpage/story_17397032.jsp#.... and http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4426932,00.html

For SCoJeC
March 24, 2014
MEMO 389 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_389_24_march_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 279

this evening (monday 24th), 8.30-9.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 9.30pm next sunday)
why minsky matters (in the analysis series)

"American economist Hyman Minsky died in 1996, but his theories offer one of the most compelling explanations of the 2008 financial crisis.
His key idea is simple enough to be a t-shirt slogan: "Stability is destabilising".
But TUC senior economist Duncan Weldon argues it's a radical challenge to mainstream economic theory. While the mainstream view has been that markets tend towards equilibrium and the role of banks and finance can largely be ignored, Minsky argued that in the good times the seeds of the next crisis are sown as the financial sector engages in riskier and riskier lending in pursuit of profit.
In the aftermath of the financial crisis, this might seem obvious - so why did Minsky die an outsider? What do his ideas say about the response to the 2008 crisis and current policies like Help to Buy? And has mainstream economics done enough to respond to its own failure to predict the crisis and the challenge posed by Minsky's ideas?"

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03yn83s)
see also http://ineteconomics.org/sites/inet.civicactions.net/files/The%20Vision%...

JBBC MEMO 280

last friday to this thursday afternoon (21st to 27th march), 2.40-3.30pm, on channel 4 tv
countdown with maureen lipman
(if you miss it, available at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/countdown/4od)

JBBC MEMO 281

the last three sunday evenings (9th 16th and 23rd march), 6.45-7.30pm, on bbc radio 3
music and the jews:
1. i've heard there was a secret chord
2. there's a place for us (women)
3. it ain't necessarily so

Spanning thousands of years, from King David and the creation of the Psalms, to composers writing today including Steve Reich and Robert Saxton, Norman Lebrecht uncovers a wealth of fascinating stories about the role music has played at some of the key points in Jewish history."
1. "The acclaimed Ladino singer Yasmin Levy explains why music and memory became so intertwined when the Jews were expelled from Spain at the end of the 15th century, rabbi Shlomo Levin tells the amazing story of how a marching tune sung by Napoleon and his troops in 1812 became an integral part of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jewish people, and the musicologist Gila Flam has some surprising revelations about the music sung by the Jews in the Nazi concentration camps.
With contributions from rabbi Yehoshua Engelman, the composer Steve Reich, Professor Edwin Seroussi from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the musicologist and and founder of the Boston Camerata Joel Cohen, the violinist Eyal Shiloach, rabbi Shlomo Levin, and Dr Gila Flam, Head of the Music Department at the National Library in Jerusalem."
2. "Women, in the Jewish religion, are not meant to sing, and yet Jewish women have shrugged off that inhibition to become some of the most powerful figures in the popular imagination.
We hear from some of the most successful women singing in Israel - and indeed on the world stage - today, including the eighth-generation Yiddish singer Myriam Fuks and Achinoam Nini, the latest in a long line of iconic Jewish women of Yemenite origin. Michael Grade remembers his grandmother's passion for Sophie Tucker, and the promoter Harvey Goldsmith explains why Jewish women have had such a huge impact on music over the past half century. We also hear from Dr Tova Gamliel about the extraordinarily powerful role of women in the religious practices of Yemen.
With contributions also from Rabbi Shlomo Levin, the Yiddish singer Myriam Fuks, Ladino singers Kohava and Yasmin Levy, and the Yemenite singer Achinoam Nini."
3. "Taking as his starting point the moment at which the Jews were finally able to enter the Western classical music tradition in a professional capacity, in today's programme Norman Lebrecht investigates the idea of a "Jewish thumbprint" in the music of Mendelssohn and others.
Leading Israeli composer Noam Sheriff and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas talk about why Mahler's Jewishness speaks so strongly to them through his symphonies, and Michael Grade explains how the Jewish art of being one step ahead impacted so strongly on the entertainment industry in the twentieth century.
With contributions also from the musicologist and founder of the Boston Camerata, Joel Cohen, the writer David Conway, the composers Robert Saxton, and Gideon Lewensohn, and Professor Susan Wollenberg of Oxford University."

(if you missed them, available at 1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03xpvhy 2. not available 3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03yqhsx)

JBBC MEMO 282

last sunday evening (23rd march), 7.45-8.00pm, and the next three sundays, on bbc radio 4extra (freeview channel 708) (repeated from december 2008 and january 2010)
a box of wittgensteins (4 episodes)

"The great-niece of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to the artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives.
As she digs deeper into the talented but tortured lives of the Wittgensteins she finds her cramped London house becoming ever more crowded with her larger-than-life forbears.
The first object out of the box takes Margaret back to a soiree in Vienna in 1895 at the palatial house of an Austrian steel magnate, Karl Wittgenstein. He was the father of eight children including Ludwig the philosopher, Paul the left-handed pianist and Margaret's own grandmother, who was painted by Gustav Klimt. As the family gathered for the evening, records show that the composer Johannes Brahms arrived at the Palais Wittgenstein."
"It made an enormous difference in Vienna. There was no way that anyone of Jewish stock could become part of the first society, part of the aristocracy. They simply created their own second society."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00fy2xf)

JBBC MEMO 283

yesterday evening (thursday 27th), 11.32-11.42pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
women at the wall (in the outlook series)

"Israeli activist Anat Hoffman has fought for Jewish women to be permitted to pray aloud at Jerusalem's Western Wall.
Interviewed by Camilla Schick."

(if you missed it, available from 0:26:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vvtx6)

JBBC MEMO 284

tomorrow evening (saturday 29th), 7.00-7.30pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated sunday 5.40pm)
noah with mark coles (in the profile series)

"As a new Hollywood movie opens starring Russell Crowe, and as part of a day-long celebration of fictional characters born on BBC radio and elsewhere, we attempt to describe what sort of man he was."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03z3gh7)

For SCoJeC
March 31, 2014
MEMO 390 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_390_31_march_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 285

this evening (tuesday 1st), 9.30-10.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated from this morning, 9.00am)
veronica van heyningen interviewed by jim al khalili (in the life scientific series)

"Charles Darwin described the eye as an 'organ of extreme perfection and complication'. How this engineering marvel of nature forms out of a few cells in the developing embryo has been the big question for Veronica van Heyningen, emeritus professor at the MRC's Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
Veronica is a world lead in the genetics of the development of the eye.
She tells Jim Al Khalili about her part in the discovery of a gene called Pax-6 which turned to be a master builder gene for the eye, in all animals which have eyes - from humans to fruit flies.
As she explains, further research on this gene may eventually help people with the genetic vision impairment, Aniridia. It was Veronica's research on patients with this condition which led to the gene's final discovery.
She tells Jim about why it's important for scientists to engage in public discussion on the ethical implications of their work.
Veronica also talks about her arrival in Britain in 1958 as an 11 year old, after experiencing anti-semitism in communist Hungary. Her Jewish parents met after surviving Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz and Mauthausen."

(already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03z9k48)

JBBC MEMO 286

last sunday morning (30th march), 7.44-7.53am, on bbc radio 4
chief rabbi ephraim mirvis visits a school, and is interviewed about same-sex marriage, charedi participation, female participation, and shechita (in the sunday religious programme)

"The Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has been visiting Manchester - he is six months into the job and talks to Edward Stourton about his aims and the challenges ahead."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03z3ky2)


happygoldfish

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:04

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JBBC MEMO 39A

tomorrow night, (thursday 10th), 9.00-10.30pm, on bbc 2 (repeated from last february 2013 on bbc 4): The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008, based on the book by John Boyne), starring David Thewlis, Sheila Hancock, and Rupert Friend

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

(not available online)

For SCoJeC
April 7, 2014
MEMO 391 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_391_7_april_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 287

last saturday morning (12th april), 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent includes yolande nell reporting from gaza …

"… life gets harder in the Gaza Strip as the interim government in neighbouring Egypt cranks up the pressure on Hamas …"

(if you missed it, available from 0:12:20 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b040h14m)

JBBC MEMO 288

last saturday afternoon (12th april), 12.15-13.00pm, on bbc radio 3
music matters includes …

"Taking the performance and reception of Arnold Schoenberg’s “A Survivor from Warsaw” – for narrator, men’s chorus and orchestra written in 1947 – musicologist Joy H. Calico examines the cultural history of postwar Europe in her new book.
Schoenberg’s short composition was written as a tribute to the Holocaust victims of the German Third Reich.
Calico looks at the meanings attached to the work as it circulated through Europe during the early Cold War, focusing on West and East Germany, Austria, Norway, Poland and Czechoslovakia.
Tom Service spoke to Joy H. Calico and to the musicologist Paul Griffiths about the book and how the reception to the work across Europe gives us an insight into the different cultural attitudes towards the legacy of the Second World War and to the new music of the time."

(if you missed it, available from 0:15:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b040hswk)
(see also http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520281868)

For SCoJeC
April 14, 2014
MEMO 392 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_392_14_april_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 289

last friday (11th april), on london live tv news (freeview channel 8)
marc edwards talks to rabbi mendy korer about passover
(if you missed it, available at http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/talking-to-rabbi-mendy-about-passover)

JBBC MEMO 290

last friday (11th april), 7.00-8.00pm, on london live tv (freeview channel 8)
not the one show includes …

"Louise Scodie introduces Passover to the gentile members of our panel - but how do they feel about matzah?!"

(if you missed it, available at http://www.londonlive.co.uk/programmes/not-the-one-show/clips/watch-this...)

JBBC MEMO 291

this afternoon (monday 14th), 5.00-6.00pm, on bbc radio 4
pm includes a report on anti-semitism in france and unprecedented jewish emigration to israel

"17,000 people marched, 'Jews get out of France' they shout."

(if you missed it, available from 0:29:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b040hjy8)

JBBC MEMO 292

wednesday afternoon (16th april), 5.30-6.00pm, on bbc radio 4extra (freeview channel 708), repeated 5.30am on thursday:
The Attractive Young Rabbi: The Eager Young Student (episode 1 of 3rd series, 2002)

"Young Mikhail discovers that it's not easy being a Jew.
With Tracy-Ann Oberman and David De Keyser "

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007k371)

JBBC MEMO 293

last sunday morning (13th april), 7.10-7.55am, on bbc radio 4
sunday includes …

"Following the reversal of a bid to give women a greater role during services in a Synagogue, Ed Stourton debates gender, faith and Orthodox Judaism with Dina Brawer and Rabbi Alan Plancey."

(if you missed it, available from 0:38:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b040h47v)

JBBC MEMO 294

this afternoon (friday 18th), 3.00-3.30pm, on bbc radio 4
good friday meditation by archbishop john sentamu, includes a visit to cliffords tower, and hearing of its history, and of stories from the holocaust

"Crowds have always had the power to draw bystanders into a maelstrom of destructive behaviour. As he travels around York, Archbishop Sentamu explores the story of Clifford's Tower which, in 1190, was the scene of one of the medieval period's most notorious pogroms in the UK when 150 Jews were massacred."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b040lwrs)

JBBC MEMO 295

tomorrow evening (saturday 19th), 9.00-11.25pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9)
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/)


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Fri, 04/25/2014 - 10:32

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happygoldfish

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:04

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suzanna: Isreal will try anything to provoke another war:

why do racists write headlines that are totally unsupported by the associated text?

suzanna, you should be writing for the daily mail!

suzanna: http://www.burstthebubble.org/


happygoldfish

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:31

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JBBC MEMO 296

last sunday afternoon (20th april), 12.06-13:00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
africans in the holy land (in the documentary series)

"Paul Bakibinga travels to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to explore the lives and experiences of people from three different African communities.

Mahmoud Salamat takes Paul around the narrow alleyways of the old city of Jerusalem to the hidden African quarter and introduces a small but close-knit community, who are descendants of Muslim pilgrims or soldiers who came to the Holy Land during the time of the British Mandate.

Paul also explores the experiences of different Ethiopian Jews who have returned to their ancient homeland, including rising star musician Ester Rada.

And he spends time in South Tel Aviv, where the bulk of African asylum-seekers live – stuck in a legal limbo amid growing hostility from politicians and local residents. The state cannot deport them – but neither will it grant them refugee status."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01x9y2h)

JBBC MEMO 297

yesterday (thursday 24th), on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
world service newshour includes benjamin netanyahu interviewed by jeremy bowen

"Israeli PM dismisses Fatah-Hamas deal"

… followed (0:05:25 to 0:08:30) by analysis by jeremy bowen
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01xkdmx)

JBBC MEMO 298

yesterday (thursday 24th), 10.19-10.28pm and 10.38-10.46pm on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
outlook includes (0:13:30-0:22:15) …

"Pierre Dulaine (70) is a ballroom dancing champion whose Irish-Palestinian family fled Jaffa in 1948.
He returned in 2010 (from England) and teaches Jewish and Israeli-Arab children to dance together."

and (0:32:40-0:40:15) …

"US author Lawrence Wright talks to Jane O'Brien about dramatising the 13 days of tense negotiation in 1978 that led to the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. His new play, based on Rosalynn Carter's personal diary, is called 'Camp David.' "
"Carter had the mistaken idea that he could just put Sadat and Begin in the same room together, isolate them, and they would come to like and trust each other, and they would find a way to make peace. The very opposite happened, they hated each other, they couldn't stand to be in the same room."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01xkdm1)

JBBC MEMO 299

this morning (friday 25th), 7.27-7.33am, on bbc radio 4
today includes rabbi laura janner-klausner talking about an offensive jews for jesus video showing jesus among jews being sent to a nazi gas chamber

"In the video, the "theological" idea is that the holocaust is brought as a punishment and Jesus is there to bring peace. Any theology, pretend-Jewish, Christian, evangelical, coercive, or Jewish, that connects holocaust with punishment, I totally reject."

(if you missed it, available from 1:27:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0418wy5)
(see also http://www.thejc.com/videos/news-videos/that-jew-died-for-you-jews-jesus...)

JBBC MEMO 300

sunday afternoon (27th april), 5.40-5.55pm, on bbc radio 4
the glazer family (in the profile series)

"The owners of Manchester United find themselves under the spotlight once again following the sacking of manager David Moyes, Alex Ferguson's replacement.
American billionaire Malcolm Glazer and his family faced a hostile reaction from many fans when they took over the club in 2005.
The Glazers control a large business empire in the US including shopping centres and an American football team, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
They have attempted to keep their liives private but have been unable to avoid media attention. Jo Fidgen talks to friends, foes and observers."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b041v278)

JBBC MEMO 301

last wednesday evening (23rd april), 7.15-7.45pm, on bbc radio 4
frontrow includes …

"Booker-winning novelist Rachel Seiffert discusses the new German TV drama series Generation War which follows the lives of five friends in Berlin on different paths through Nazi Germany and World War II."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01xw97z)

JBBC MEMO 301A

sunday evening (27th april), 9:30-11.00pm, on bbc 2
generation war: our mothers, our fathers by Stefan Kolditz (1st of 3 weekly episodes)

"The story of five German friends in the years from 1941 to 1945: five young women and men whose friendship was meant to last their whole lives.
1. Berlin, the summer of 1941: Wilhelm, Friedhelm, Charlotte, Viktor and Greta meet to say their farewells. Little do they know how war will change them.
2. 1943: Wilhelm and Friedhelm are fighting on the eastern front, where Charlotte is stationed as a nurse in a field hospital. In Berlin,
Greta's career as a singer is taking off, with some dubious support, while her Jewish boyfriend Viktor has to fear for his life.
3. 1945: …"

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042tpmx)
(in german with english subtitles)

JBBC MEMO 302

last saturday (26th april), on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
world service newshour includes hamas deputy foreign minister razi (ghazi) hamad interviewed by julian marshall
(if you missed it, available from 0:26:30 to 0:31:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01xp525)
see also last year's al-monitor interview (4/4/2013) of razi hamad at http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/04/razi-hammed-palestinia...

JBBC MEMO 303

this afternoon (tuesday 29th), 5.00-6.00pm, on bbc radio 4
pm includes bbc middle east editor jeremy bowen on the stalled peace process, interviewing a hebron "settler" as being representative of the israeli side
(if you missed it, available from 0:27:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b041xc1w)
hmm … if his views are held by a substantial proportion of israelis, why did bowen have to go all the way to hebron to interview someone? …
presumably to justify fitting in the description of palestinians having to go through security gates and turnstiles to reach the mosque of abraham

"A security gate just closed, Israeli soldiers have given the people passing by, who are Palestinians, the nod, and now they're moving through, they need permission to do this, I'm in Hebron, which is the only city on the West Bank where Jewish settlers, Israelis, live in the heart of the town, alongside Palestinians, but of course separated by wire by concrete by guns.
I've come to see Sholomo Levinger, who's the son of one of the people who originally re-started Jewish settlement here in 1967. From his balcony he pointed out the other Jewish settlements around Hebron.
I asked him why he disagreed with the idea of making peace by creating an independent Palestine in Gaza and the West Bank including East Jerusalem. "I think the state of Israel goes from the sea to the Jordan river, so there can't be two states in that area. Those are the borders of the state of Israel. If they want, they can go live in other places, there are many Arabs in the Middle East, they can go to the other side, or they can also stay here."
Now I'm down near the building, the holy site here which Moslems call the Abraham mosque and which the Israelis, the Jews, call the Cave of the Patriarchs. and it's a highly guarded place, there's been a lot of trouble here in the past, and for Palestinians who want to pray in the mosque to get to the area and to get back, they have to go through this turnstile, past another Israeli checkpoint, more guns, more concrete.
Hebron is a very unique place, and you have the Israelis and the settlers very very close to here. What is life like with the Israelis there, and you here? "Not good. There will never be peace, only in our dreams. The talks are unsuccessful, Israel is not serious, it's a joke to them, they don't want peace, they aren't serious about it, they still have prisoners, they are still building settlements, it's just words, they don't mean it". "

JBBC MEMO 303A

the above interview of sholomo levinger by jeremy bowen is evidently an extract selected for broadcast from a longer interview
there is another extract, not for broadcast, from 01:10 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-27211701 (29/4/2014) …

"Sholomo believes God wants Jews to live in Hebron, and he's raising seven children here. Peace talks are, at best, an irritant:
"I don't think talks will go anywhere. For close to 20 years, the state of Israel has been giving and giving and giving. I don't believe in it. I think the reality for Jews in Hebron is like the reality for Israel in the Middle East. The Arabs would be more comfortable if we didn't exist." "

JBBC MEMO 301B

tomorrow evening (saturday 3rd), 9:30-11.00pm, on bbc 2
generation war: our mothers, our fathers by stefan kolditz (2nd of 3 weekly episodes)

"The story of five German friends in the years from 1941 to 1945: five young women and men whose friendship was meant to last their whole lives.
2. 1943: Wilhelm and Friedhelm are fighting on the eastern front, where Charlotte is stationed as a nurse in a field hospital. In Berlin,
Greta's career as a singer is taking off, with some dubious support, while her Jewish boyfriend Viktor has to fear for his life."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b043h4jx) (1st episode still available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042tpmx)
(in german with english subtitles)


happygoldfish

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 16:37

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JBBC MEMO 269C

this morning (thursday 8th), 6.00-9.00am, on bbc radio 4
today reports on a telegraph article (8/5/2014) about a letter from henry grunwald and dr shuja shafi which in fact said

"… animals killed under religious rules are treated no worse than any others that are killed to be eaten. … food labels should specify whether an animal has been mechanically stunned before being slaughtered “and whether it has endured repeat stuns if the first attempt was ineffective.”
They should also be told the method of slaughter: captive bolt shooting, gassing, electrocution, drowning, trapping, clubbing or any of the other approved methods."

however, the bbc presented this letter as calling for the label to specify only whether or not the animal had been stunned … effectively conceding that consumers needed warning only about kosher and halal meat
later (8.32am), the programme had an interview with john blackwell of the bva, which without challenge followed the bbc's usual line that kosher and halal slaughter cause pain and suffering, and that other slaughter does not
although blackwell was bound to contradict the letter (previous bbc interviews made that obvious), no attempt was made to invite any jewish or moslem guest … even though the bbc proudly read out a long list of supermarket representatives whom they had invited (and who had declined)
(this letter followed news the previous day of new zealand halal lamb being sold in uk supermarkets without labelling)
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042ldyn)

JBBC MEMO 269D

this afternoon (thursday 8th), 1.00-1.45pm, on bbc radio 4
the world at one corrects its earlier misinformation and admits that henry grunwald and dr shuja shafi's letter did call for all methods of stunning to be labelled …

"Today, in a letter to the Daily Telegraph, members of the Jewish organisation Schechita UK and the Muslim Council of Britain called for comprehensive labelling for all methods of slaughter, not just religious ones.
Consumers, they argue, should know about captive bolt shooting, gassing, electrocution, drowning, trapping, clubbing, or any other approved methods.
Downing Street said today that this isn't an area where Government should intervene. Here is our correspondent Jane Peel with the World at One-Minute guide."
"Well, according to the Halal Food Authority, which is responsible for the certification of halal meat and poultry, there are three key requirements for meat to be certified as halal. First, the animal must be alive at the time of the slaughter, all the animal's blood must drain completely from the carcass, and thirdly it must be slaughtered by a Muslim, cutting the animal's throat while reciting an Arabic prayer. Now the Chief Executive of the Authority, Saqib Mohammed, told me that although the law in the UK allows for animals to be killed without having first been stunned, for religious reasons, this practice isn't widely used in the UK. Between 85 and 90% of all animals slaughtered for halal meat in the UK are pre-stunned. And he said all imported meat was also pre-stunned. So in fact, apart from the fact that it must be a Muslim who kills the animal, and that a short prayer must be said, there is very little difference between non-halal meat and most halal meat sold in the UK. Non-halal meat is pre-stunned, and in the case of mammals, the slaughterman cuts the animal's throat with a sharp knife, for example. In the case of poultry, the birds have their necks cut mechanically on a production line, but they have also been pre-stunned.
Kosher meat is another matter. The Jewish method of slaughtering animals for food is known as shechita, it doesn't involve pre-stunning the animal, as it's considered unacceptable to cause any physical injuries prior to the killing. What it does involve is a swift slitting of the throat with the aim of cutting the blood supply to the brain, so consciousness is lost quickly."
"Well, some people feel that not stunning animals before they have their throats slit is cruel. Paul Stevenson is from Compassion in World Farming

"In this country each year about one and a half million sheep, 36 million chickens, and about 80,000 cattle, are not stunned, that means their throats are cut while they're fully conscious, and they're left to bleed to death, and that causes immense suffering."

He says that until every animal that's slaughtered is stunned beforehand, in the UK and elsewhere, the packaging should clearly state that.
Much of the halal meat in UK supermarkets is New Zealand lamb. Tim Ritchie is the Chief Executive of the Meat Industry Association of New Zealand, He says that meat produced in his country is killed according to halal tradition, as a large percentage is exported to the Middle East. He says it's down to supermarkets in the UK to tell shoppers where their meat comes from.

"New Zealand has a long history of providing lamb through the butcher's shops, but in recent decades through the supermarket chains, there's some very good relationships there that have been established . If the supermarkets require some attestation in that respect, then that is a matter for them to talk to their supplier about."
then follows an extensive interview with shimon cohen

"Well Shimon Cohen speaks for Shechita UK, which promotes the Jewish method of animal slaughter, used to produce meat and poultry that's kosher, we've just heard about that. They co-wrote the letter in today's Telegraph, with the Muslim Council of Britain, calling for comprehensive labelling.
So the method that you use, there are concerns about whether it's humane to animals or not?"
"Well, there's an ample body of scientific evidence from leading schools the world over that shows that the shechita method is a perfectly humane method, in fact in many countries in the world it is listed as such. Shechita incorporates an effective and irreversible stun, it's humane and efficient, and it results in the immediate and irreversible cessation of consciousness in the animal, it renders the animal insensible to pain almost instantly, which is what the law requires."
"Although a committee of experts for the government department Defra, the Farm Animal Welfare Committee, concludes that it's difficult to measure pain and distress during the slaughter process in an objective scientific manner?."
"Indeed: that's exactly what we say, yet they then said, but the schechita method causes huge amounts of pain. So they contradict themselves."
"Yes, they say we're persuaded such a massive injury would result in very significant pain and distress in the period before insensibility supervenes."
"In spite of what they said earlier – that they can't measure pain!"
"But when you can't decide between these two points, isn't it safer then to stun the animal, and that way you'd know for sure that no pain was taking place?"
"Not necessarily so, because the gentleman from Compassion in World Farming and his colleagues give the impression that the mechanical stunning methods are some sort of woozy calm pre-med type procedure that the animal goes through prior to it having its carotid arteries and jugular veins severed.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The mechanical stunning method, so promoted by Compassion in World Farming, are an aggressive invasion in the animal, they include gassing the animals, they include clubbing the animals, but they like to call that captive bolt shot, they include electrocuting the animals, these are not woozy pre-med type operations, these are aggressive invasions into the animal that cause pain."
"And that's why you are now calling for more comprehensive labelling?"
"Well if there should be food labelling, and the Jews could have nothing against food labelling, because every single thing that we eat or drink has to be labelled kosher. So we're very much in favour of food labelling. But if there is to be a call to label certain types of meat, we have no problem with meat being labelled "killed by the Jewish method", but they should be fair, and it should say "meat was gassed, meat was electrocuted, meat was clubbed"."
"Well, don't people just want to know that their meat has been produced humanely, they don't need to know those details, do they?"
"Absolutely, but unfortunately people like the organisations that were on earlier, Compassion in World Farming, they like to give the impression that the mechanical stunning methods are calm and kind to animals, and everything else is cruel. And that's simply not true or fair.
So what we're saying is give the consumer the right to choose between slaughter methods. Do you want the kosher method, or do you want the gassing method or the electrocuting method or clubbing method?"

(if you missed it, available from 0:19:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042j40r)

JBBC MEMO 269E

yesterday evening (thursday 8th), 5.00-6.00pm, on bbc radio 4
pm had a different interview with john blackwell of the bva, which without challenge returned to the bbc's usual line that kosher and halal slaughter cause pain and suffering, and that other slaughter does not

this time, the bbc had blackwell quoting from his times interview of 6/3/2014 (behind a paywall – see the mail's version here), that sheep can remain conscious after their throats are cut for up to 7 seconds, and cattle for up to 2 minutes

(18:20) "John Blackwell from the British Veterinary Association says that's inhumane:"
"They are sentient, they are conscious, for a period of time which again varies within the species but on average in sheep it's about 7 seconds. We firmly believe in the research, the work is all there to show that during that 7 seconds those animals will be conscious, and they will be feeling pain."

(apparently, this is based on the research papers listed at section 4.1.2 of http://www.dialrel.eu/images/veterinary-concerns.pdf … see footnote at http://www.bva.co.uk/public/documents/Post-cut-stunning-statement.pdf)

the bbc left this unchallenged … there was no mention of the contradiction of this by defra's statement that "it's difficult to measure pain and distress during the slaughter process in an objective scientific manner"

nor was there mention of the detailed challenge to the original times interview by jonathan arkush (see eg the daily mail 6/5/2014), describing it as "completely misleading", nor of professor lord winston's dismissal of it in the house of lords as "unsound" (see MEMO 269A)
(if you missed it, available from 0:17:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042ldzm)


happygoldfish

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 08:06

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JBBC MEMO 304

last saturday morning (3rd may), 11:30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent includes bbc middle east editor jeremy bowen in gaza analyzing the history of the relationship of hamas and fatah, from palestinians torturing palestinians, to their recent "apparent coming together", as a prelude to asserting that BDS is now moving to the centre of politics and is worrying israel

"… So unity seems to be part of a new strategy for President Abbas and his people. It includes joining international organisations which could eventually lead to war crimes prosecutions of Israeli soldiers.
And there's BDS, or boycott divestment and sanctions: the idea is for Israel to be as isolated as South Africa was in the 1980s. That worries the Israelis more and more.
The editor of one of Israel's leading papers told me that BDS was moving from the fringes to the centre of politics.
"Israel's so much stronger than us", one Palestinian activist told me before I left Jerusalem this week, "but we're more organised than we were, and we're not going away"."

(if you missed it, available from 0:07:15 to 0:13:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042cq87)

For SCoJeC
May 5, 2014
MEMO 393 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_393_5_may_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 305

this morning (monday 5th), 8.45-8.52am, on bbc radio 4
today includes janine webber, 92, who was living in lwow, poland (now ukraine), when the germans arrived in 1941
later, they were taken to the ghetto where her mother died of typhus
she escaped with her aunt, and was hidden for a year by a polish man with 13 other jews in a hole under a stable floor, and could hardly walk when she came out
she now gives talks to schools universities synagogues and the police
(if you missed it, available from 2:45:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042j8xx)
(see a different version of her story at http://www.thejc.com/community/community-life/100220/survivors-story-i-w...)

JBBC MEMO 306

this afternoon (monday 5th), 3.30-4.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
abuse in jewish brooklyn (in the heart and soul series)

"Brooklyn district is home to more than 200,000 Ultra-Orthodox Jews who live in close-knit enclaves, according to strict religious laws.
A culture of secrecy and denial is said to have surrounded the crime of child sexual abuse in this area, with some rabbis preferring to deal with it internally, rather than calling in police. Their religious codes are said to have protected abusers and many victims also accuse civil prosecutors of helping shield perpetrators.
These cover ups are rooted in the concepts of 'mesirah' - not handing people over to the secular authorities - and the desire among some in the ultra-Orthodox communities to protect abusers, including many rabbis, at any cost.
In this programme, reporter Matt Wells hears from one man who says he was sexually abused in a religious bath house but thrown out of summer camp for speaking out.
Supporters of the abused say hundreds of people have suffered but that even when cases get to the secular authorities, there has been a cover up.
Matt Wells also talks to rabbis who can’t agree themselves how cases of sex abuse should be handled."

(already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01y0s9q)

JBBC MEMO 307

last friday afternoon (2nd may), 3.30-4.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
world football includes …

"Mordechai Spiegler discusses the prospect of Israel hosting Euro 2020 matches, and remembers scoring Israel's only World Cup goal, in 1970 at Mexico."

(if you missed it, available from 0:01:00 to 0:07:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01xy3wf)

JBBC MEMO 308

yesterday evening (tuesday 6th), 10.30-11.20pm, on bbc 2
newsnight, following publication of a report by Policy Exchange on the estimated future distribution of ethnic minorities, interviews ken livingstone on the effect on politics …

(17.55) "Running London, where the demographics are already racing ahead much of the rest of the country – do you have to be a different kind of politician to do it?"
"No I don't think you do actually. I remember Siddiq Khan, who's the MP for Tooting, taking me to his local mosque. While I was there, I shut my eyes and I heard London voices. People come to Britain to become part of Britain, they don' t come to change it. And I think the defining issue is not your colour or your religion, it's your level of income. David Cameron's just appointed the first British person of Pakistani origin, when I look at him I don't see a Pakistani, I see a banker earning 3 million pounds a year. That's why he's in the Tory party."
"So for you it's still about class, then, not demographics?"
"People vote according to their income. Now that can change: if you look at, it might be a generation before people catch up. If I think back, if we were talking 50 years ago, the Roman Catholic community, the Irish community in Britain, the Jewish community solidly Labour. Still the Irish Catholic community are pretty solidly Labour, because it still isn't terribly rich. As the Jewish community got richer, it moved over to voting for Mrs Thatcher, as they did in Finchley."

(if you missed it, available from 14.35 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b043659b/Newsnight_06_05_2014/)

JBBC MEMO 309

tomorrow night (thursday/friday 8th/9th), 11.30pm-12.20, on bbc alba tv (freeview channel 8, in scotland) (repeated from january 2013)
corner store (in the soillse series)

"Ten years ago, Yousef left his wife and three small children in Palestine to start a new life for them all, in San Francisco.
For the past decade he has worked day and night to build a small business, save money, and become part of his adopted community while still trying to stay connected from afar. Yousef must confront the current realities in both his family and his country and decide if a new life in America is really still the right path for them to take.
Maybe staying in Palestine is the best option after all. Stay or go? It is an age-old choice that will decide their future, and one they ultimately make together as a family."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pw6ng)
(interview in english; commentary in gaelic with english subtitiles)

JBBC MEMO 301C

tomorrow evening (saturday 9th), 9:30-11.05pm, on bbc 2
generation war: our mothers, our fathers by stefan kolditz (3rd of 3 weekly episodes)

"The story of five German friends in the years from 1941 to 1945: five young women and men whose friendship was meant to last their whole lives.
3. 1945: A country lies in ruins, and the friends who survived the war pick up the pieces."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0446g2w/) (2nd episode still available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b043h4jx)
(in german with english subtitles)

JBBC MEMO 301D

last saturday night (10th may), 11.05-11.45pm, on bbc 2
generation war: discussion

"Following the final episode of the award-winning German drama Generation War, Martha Kearney is joined by a panel including producer Benyamin Benedict, Dr Eva Hoffman, and holocaust experts Professor David Cesarani and Professor Sir Richard Evans, to examine the historical facts behind the series, the controversy it has caused and why now Germany is confronting the difficult issues of its past."

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b042m80x/)

For SCoJeC
May 12, 2014
MEMO 394 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_394_12_may_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 310

tonight (monday 12th), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 3 (repeated from november 2012)
tv dinners to roadside diners: adam gopnik
(epsiode 1 of 5, in the the essay series)

"New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik makes his mother's Cheesecake."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01nwd8b/)

JBBC MEMO 311

tomorrow morning (saturday 17th), 10.30-11.00am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated next tuesday at 3.00pm)
golders green (in the kitchen cabinet series)

"This week Jay Rayner and the team are in Golders Green, an area of North London known for its Jewish community.
Answering questions on food and cooking from our audience are school food adviser and restaurateur Henry Dimbleby, Catalan inspired Scottish cook Rachel McCormack, food historian Annie Gray and, for the first time, Israeli chef Itamar Srulovich.
The menu includes Chicken Soup, Salt Beef, Broad Beans and Cheese Cake.
Plus the panel discuss how to inspire a weary Mum to keep cooking and whether there's such a thing as traditional British-style food."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b043tg9h)


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JBBC MEMO 312

last saturday evening (17th may), 8.05-9.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
history hour includes …

"mike lanchin reports on German Jews escaping the Holocaust on board the SS St Louis"

(if you missed it, available from 0:26:30 to 0:35:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01yvy44)

JBBC MEMO 313

last sunday morning (18th may), 9.30-10.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
christians in the holy land: 1. bagpipes in bethlehem (in the heart and soul series) (2nd, final, part next week)
john laurenson presents essentially a propaganda piece against israel, failing to interview a single one of the over 80% of christians who have left bethlehem as to why they have done so
his interviewees include vivien sansour, who he fails to mention is an activist and organizer who has been involved in social justice issues and organizing communities in Honduras, Uruguay, Palestine, United States, and Egypt, who is frequently invited to participate in panels, shows, conferences, and civic events to speak about the military occupation in Palestine and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, who is currently is a producer and writer for ImaginAction, and is the co-creator with Hector Aristizabal of the play "In-tea-rro-r-gator"

"Bethlehem's Christians have dwindled from 85% in the population in 1948 to around 15% today.
"Pope Francis will make a highly symbolic trip to the Holy Land, meeting his Orthodox counterpart, having talks with the Israeli prime minister as well as the Palestinian president. He will also say mass in Manger Square in Bethlehem, as the birth place of Jesus, the most significant place for Christians around the world.

In the first of this two-part documentary, John Laurenson travels to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ, to explore why this once overwhelmingly Christian place is losing Christians in droves.
It seems like the place where it all began looks more like a place where it’s al coming to an end. The Christians now represent less than 15% of the population. John explores the reasons for the exodus.

In the fields where the Angel Gabriel is said to have told the shepherds about the birth of Christ, a Christian returnee picks wild peas and wild barley and tells John about the land, her family in LA and how a foraging expedition with a 10 year-old nephew ended with Israeli tear-gas.
The spokesman for the Israeli PM says Christians are leaving because of the Muslims, but the Christians say there is little tension between the two faiths there.
John also hears from Bethlehem’s bagpipers as they prepare to honour a tradition that goes back to the British mandate – to parade with pipes and drums in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday."

for an analysis, and for a transcript of extensive parts of the interviews, see http://bbcwatch.org/2014/05/20/terror-excused-palestinian-christians-sol...
for the actual israeli order granting all west bank christians access to israel over easter 2014 and for the pope's visit (subject only to "relevant security screenings"), contrary to laurenson's message, see http://www.cogat.idf.il/Sip_Storage/FILES/0/4440.pdf
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01yvy2r)

For SCoJeC
May 19, 2014
MEMO 395 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_395_19_may_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 314

yesterday afternoon (monday 19th), 12.33-12.45pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710) (repeated yesterday evening, 9.05pm)
ivan klíma (in the outlook series)

"The distinguished Czech writer Ivan Klima reflects on his biography Crazy Century - from a Nazi concentration camp, to persecution by the Communist government and the euphoria of the Velvet Revolution."

(if you missed it, available from 0:27:00 to 0:38:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01yy0vs)

JBBC MEMO 315

this evening (monday 19th), 10.05pm-12.45, on channel 5 tv
valkyrie: 2008 film with tom cruise, kenneth branagh, bill nighy, terence stamp, eddie izzard, kenneth cranham

"A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II."

JBBC MEMO 316

tonight (early tuesday 20th), 12.45-1.45am, on channel 5 tv
42 Ways To Kill Hitler

"Adolph Hitler, it seems, wasn't well liked. This documentary from National Geographic examines the numerous historical plots to kill the Fuhrer and why they floundered.
The program's panel of experts also discusses how these plans might have succeeded--and how Hitler's assassination might have changed history.
Assassins ranged from simple craftsmen to high-ranking soldiers in the Fhrer's own military. Aided by cutting-edge CGI, security experts explain why the plots failed; and using modern weapon and explosive experiments, determine what slight change could have made the missions successful."

(permanently available at http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/42-ways-to-kill-hitler/)

JBBC MEMO 317

this morning (tuesday 20th), 6.00-9.00am, on bbc radio 4
today includes …

"Is it right to circumcise babies?… Israel is beginning to orchestrate a campaign in defence of male circumcision … Kevin Connolly reports …"
"The German campaigner Christian Buzz equates the circumcision of boys with the genital mutilation of girls: "It's about the rights of the child, and religions only obfuscate the debate, because if you talk about religion you lose the focus on the child, you forget about the child, that's why actually when we are talking about circumcision we are talking about the rights of the child to bodily integrity. I am not anti-semitic – but – we cannot forget about the rights and the boys whose voices are not being heard. So we stand by the boys and the girls, even though people might accuse us to have other hidden agendas"."

(if you miss it, available from 2:46:00 to 2:51:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b043wx2q)

JBBC MEMO 318

this evening (tuesday 20th), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9)
the crusades: holy war (1st of 3 episodes) (repeated from 2012)

"Dr Thomas Asbridge presents a revelatory account of the Crusades, the 200-year war between Christians and Muslims for control of the Holy Land.
The story of the Crusades is remembered as a tale of religious fanaticism and unspeakable violence, but now fresh research, eyewitness testimony and contemporary evidence from both the Christian and Islamic worlds shed new light on how these two great religions waged war in the name of God.
Episode one traces the epic journey of the first crusaders, as they marched 3,000 miles from Europe to recapture the city of Jerusalem from Islam, enduring starvation, disease and bloodthirsty battle to reach their sacred goal, and then unleashed an appalling tide of barbaric violence upon their Muslim enemies.
Yet far from being the invincible holy warriors of legend, Dr Asbridge reveals that these crusaders actually considered surrender in the midst of their titanic expedition."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01b3ftw)

JBBC MEMO 246A

this evening (tuesday 20th), 10.15-10.25pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
outlook includes bbc food programme presenter sheila dillon interviewing claudia roden

"Food writer Claudia Roden recalls her childhood in Egypt and London - and bringing Middle Eastern delicacies to the West.
She's since won an international reputation for her books, which explore the history and culture behind different dishes."

(already available from 0:09:00 to 0:19:15 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01yzmxw)

JBBC MEMO 319

this evening (tuesday 20th), 10.35-11.40pm, on bbc 1
philip roth unleashed: part 1 (in the imagine … series) (part 2 next week)

"After Portnoy's Complaint launched him as a new literary voice, not to mention a scandalous one, Philip Roth went on to be hailed by many as America's greatest living writer.
Never afraid to look hard at the extremes of human experience, he has been both consistently controversial and intensely private.
But now, having celebrated his 80th birthday in his home town of Newark, New Jersey, Roth, in conversation with Alan Yentob, is ready to tell the whole story in this special two-part film for imagine... "

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b044r6k9)

JBBC MEMO 320

this afternoon (wednesday 21st), 4.00-4.30pm, on bbc radio 4
islamophobia and anti-semitism (in the thinking allowed series) includes …

"Islamaphobia and Anti-Semitism - similarities and differences.
Comparisons of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim sentiment are strikingly absent in British accounts of race and racism.
Laurie Taylor talks about a new study which attempts to remedy this omission with Nasar Meer, Reader in Comparative Social Policy at Strathclyde University, and contributor to Racialization and Religion: Race, Culture and Difference in the Study of Antisemitism and Islamophobia.
They're joined by Rumy Hasan, Senior Lecturer at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research at the University of Sussex, and author of Dangerous Liaisons: The Clash Between Islamism and Zionism."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b043xl9k)

JBBC MEMO 321

tomorrow morning (thursday 22nd), 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
woolf in the jungle

"Overshadowed for the greater part of his life by his brilliant wife Virginia, Leonard Woolf is largely remembered as a devoted husband and member of the Bloomsbury set.
Yet he was a gifted writer in his own right.
As a young man, Woolf worked as a colonial civil servant in Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was then known. After his return to England in 1911 he wrote 'The Village in the Jungle', the first English novel to portray sympathetically the plight of the rural poor in a remote corner of Empire.
Published a decade before Forster's A Passage to India and two decades before Orwell's Burmese Days, it is also seen by some as the first novel to criticise British imperialism.
Whilst the book has always been highly regarded in Sri Lanka because it is written from the indigenous perspective, Woolf's novel remains virtually unknown in this country.
A century or so on from the novel's first publication, the writer and broadcaster Nicholas Rankin explores why this is so and asks whether the book and its author deserve a more prominent place in literary history. Among the contributors are the writer Romesh Gunesekera, Woolf's biographer Victoria Glendinning, and Woolf's nephew, publisher Cecil Woolf."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b043xpqt)

JBBC MEMO 322

tomorrow evening (saturday 24th), 8.00-9.00pm, on bbc radio 4
the benjamin broadcasts (in the archive on 4 series)

"The German-Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin is best known as the author of seminal texts such as "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" and for his influence on Theodor Adorno and the "Frankfurt School" of philosophy.
But behind the much-mythologised figure of Benjamin the philosopher, there lies the little-known historical reality of Benjamin the broadcaster...
When the Gestapo stormed Walter Benjamin's last apartment in 1940, they stumbled upon a cache of papers which the fleeing philosopher had abandoned in his hurry to escape Paris. Amongst these papers were the scripts for an extraordinary series of radio broadcasts for children covering everything from toy collecting to the politics of tenement housing, from the psychology of witch hunts to human responses to natural catastrophes. Designed to encourage young listeners to think critically, to question sources and to challenge clichés, Benjamin's broadcasts stand in stark contrast to the fascist propaganda which would come to take their place.
Benjamin committed suicide in 1940, when his flight out of Europe was blocked at the Spanish border. He died believing that most - if not all - of his writings were lost.
Here Radio4 listeners have an exclusive chance to discover them in this Archive on Four documentary presented by Michael Rosen, and with Henry Goodman as the voice of Walter Benjamin. It's the first ever English recreation of his pre-war broadcasts to children."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b044b3lj)

JBBC MEMO 323

yesterday morning (sunday 23rd), 7.10-7.55am, on bbc radio 4
sunday includes (0:00:00-0:08:00 and 0:31:55-0:43:30) …

"As Pope Francis continues his three day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Samira Ahmed asks if his trip will go any way to revitalising the peace process there?
The current state of interfaith relationships in Israel and the West Bank is discussed by Mohammed Dajani, Founder Wasatia Movement, Rabbi David Rosen, Director of Inter-religious Affairs at the American Jewish Committee, and Rev Father David Neuhaus, Latin Patriarchal Vicar."

and also includes duncan crawford on the shooting at the jewish museum in brussels (0:23:00-0:26:00)
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b044bc9m)

For SCoJeC
May 26, 2014
MEMO 396 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_396_26_may_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 313A

this afternoon (monday 26th), 3.30-4.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710) (repeated from 9.30am yesterday)
christians in the holy land: 2. newcomers (in the heart and soul series) (2nd of 2 parts)
john laurenson starts the programme by reporting on israeli indifference not only to their own elderly but also to the good hardworking indian catholics whose christian mission and ministry is to look after them – not even giving them enough food to eat (one wonders that they manage to send any money home to their families in india) – a suffering and hardship which their christianity enables them to bear
as father tojy, the indian catholic chaplain in the holy land, says (at 0:01:00) …

"We have around 6,000 Indian Catholics working as care-givers, the working conditions are hard, and difficult. The [care-receivers], they are elderly people to look after, and some of them are very sick, mentally not sound, very hefty people, like 130 kg [20 stone], and old people like that, they can't able to lift, such cases it is difficult. So some of the employers are very rude, and they don't even give food for these employees, and they pay them the minimum what is required by the government and sometimes the very minimum they give for eating.
I think the spiritual services, attending the spiritual activities enable[s] them to cope with all the sufferings and hardships. Also, like they are doing it as a mission or ministry, caring for the abandoned, nobody to look after, no families …"

this israeli indifference to the elderly is confirmed (at 0:05:40) by father david neuhaus, catholic patriarchcal vicar …

"They come in, and this is very important to underline, they come in, particularly the Asian Christians, come in as loving hands, because they come in as care-givers, our rich people don't take care of their old people any more, nor of their sick people, nor of their handicapped …"

(already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01z8mc9)
bbc journalists seem to have worked out at last that the bbc's middle east guidelines on balance do not apply to religious programmes, and no balance is required when reporting on how much worse israeli jews are than christians!

(continued on MEMO 354)

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