MEMO 357


By SCoJeC
June 23, 2013
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MEMO 357 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_357_24_june_2013.pdf

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suzanna

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 17:18

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Ethnic Cleansing alive and well in Israel:

A primer on the proposed Bedouin resettlement in the Negev (Ha'aretz)
http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/a-primer-on-the-proposed-bedouin-re...

ACRI paper: Israel ignores Bedouin needs with Begin plan
http://www.acri.org.il/en/2013/05/03/information-sheet-begin-plan/


suzanna

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 17:18

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More information on ethnic cleansing in Israel:

+972: Ministerial committee approves plan to displace thousands of Bedouin-Palestinians
http://972mag.com/nstt_feeditem/ministerial-committee-approves-plan-to-d...


suzanna

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 17:19

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Rich Armbach

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 12:30

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Sounds wonderful. How come the ungrateful bastids don't like it ?


Rich Armbach

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 15:19

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I see. Well that's alright then.


Banacek

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 15:41

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I haven't been in here in ages. This place looks like it's dominated by someone from a slumber party for airhead coeds at journalism school.


happygoldfish

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 15:42

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Rich Armbach: Sounds wonderful. How come the ungrateful bastids don't like it ?

the majority probably do like it!

(the large landowners who will receive insufficient compensation don't like it)

tens of thousands will be connected to the electricity and sewage mains for the first time

employment will increase, and their standard of accommodation will improve

1.2 BILLION shekels have been allocated to improving life for the negev bedouin


Rich Armbach

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 17:02

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I see. That's all right then.


Ben F

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 17:05

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"I haven't been in here in ages. This place looks like it's dominated by someone from a slumber party for airhead coeds at journalism school."

And one who can comment after hours too.


zaheerayin

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 17:10

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Sounds like Jennifer Lipman to me.


Rich Armbach

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 17:20

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Hmmm. Jennifer Lipman huh. That would make sense. A lot of sense. We maybe should take to referring to her as Lippy Goldfish.


zaheerayin

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 17:23

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Oh no, I prefer Happy Lipman.


zaheerayin

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 17:28

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The more I think about it, the more this has got to be the case. At least she doesn't post on the public dime like Hoffie does.


happygoldfish

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 17:39

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JBBC MEMO 97

today (wednesday) at 5.30pm on radio4 extra (freeview channel 708):
The Attractive Young Rabbi (2000), episode 1 of 6, 2nd series: "The Barmitzvah"

"Three rabbis at one party sparks a recipe for disaster."
Stars Tracy-Ann Oberman and David De Keyser

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007k1vv)
(next episode exactly 7 days later)


zaheerayin

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 17:44

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Oh I see Happy Lipman is playing her games again.


zaheerayin

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 18:00

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Boo!


happygoldfish

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 09:03

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there are racists on this website who think there is nothing wrong with lying, so long as they are criticising israel, or criticising people who defend israel

they decide what they want to be true, and then say it anyway, in the absence of any evidence other than their own prejudice, and often contrary to the actual evidence

one reason why so few people defend israel on thejc.com … compared with other sites such as the guardian's "comment is free" … is the unchecked lying or bullying that they'll sooner or later be subjected to


happygoldfish

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 18:00

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JBBC MEMO 98

sunday morning, 11.15am-12.00 on radio 4:
stephen pinker on desert island discs

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker.
An author and Harvard professor he's been named by Time Magazine as one of the world's 100 most influential scientists and thinkers.
The psychology of violence and where language comes from are just two of his specialist subjects. Bill Gates is officially a fan, the man who sends him hate mail related to his work on irregular verbs is not. It would seem that whenever he publishes yet another best-selling book controversy is never far behind - his recent contention that we live in an "unusually peaceful time" drew opprobrium from many quarters.
Born and brought up in Montreal his parents encouraged vigorous debate around the dinner table - indeed it was his mother's interest in the psychology of language and linguistics that sparked his own.
He says "I appreciate what my parents did for me beyond words. Not in making me what I am, but in my view of what's important in life, what I think about and cherish."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0366xsb)


happygoldfish

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 18:06

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suzanna: Ethnic Cleansing alive and well in Israel:

suzanna: More information on ethnic cleansing in Israel:

suzanna: Challenge ethnic cleansing:

there's no ethnic cleansing

(not even one of your four links says there is … it's all in your mind )

the affected bedouin have always lived in the negev, and will continue to do so

the bedouin have for long been a sedentary community, not a nomadic one

no lifetsyle is being destroyed

the bedouin at present live in deprived urban communities in the negev, and the prawer plan aims to improve their conditions

most bedouin will be much better off, and the only losers will be those who receive insufficient compensation for losing their (unregistered) land

this is a perfectly normal and proper form of planning, and the only real issue is whether the compensation is sufficient (i would say, not )

suzanna: A primer on the proposed Bedouin resettlement in the Negev (Ha'aretz) …

a less biased "primer" is available on wikipedia, eg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negev_Bedouin

"From the end of the Ottoman rule, a process of sedentarization was imposed on the Negev Bedouin …
Negev Bedouin are formerly nomadic … Arabs who live by rearing livestock in the deserts of southern Israel.

Today, many Bedouin call themselves 'Negev Arabs' rather than 'Bedouin', explaining that 'Bedouin' identity is intimately tied in with a pastoral nomadic way of life – a way of life they say is over. Although the Bedouin in Israel continue to be perceived as nomads, today all of them are fully sedentarized, and about half are urbanites.

an english translation of the begin-prawer report (23/1/2013) can be read here

The Bedouins in the Negev, today numbering approximately 200,000 persons, are citizens with equal rights in the State of Israel and as such are entitled to an economic‐social framework that will enable them to realize the opportunities for growth that are available to citizens of Israel. However, the Bedouins in the Negev are members of the most impoverished group in Israel and their destitution is accompanied by social problems that demand a comprehensive solution. Hence, it is the government's responsibility to take action in order to enable the Bedouins to extricate themselves from these circumstances and to grant them, and particularly the younger generation the tools necessary to successfully cope with the challenges of the future. (Approximately 120,000 Bedouins are under the age of 18, and tens of thousands more will be added in the coming decade)

The issue of the Bedouins in the Negev involves fundamental questions regarding the definition of proper relations between the state and its citizens, between a majority and a minority, between society as a whole and the individual, and between the individual and society.

Those who demand the full realization of all of the ownership claims for a minority of the Bedouins on the basis of "absolute justice" must not be allowed to deny over 100,000 Bedouin children the conditions vital for a better future that will be based on a compromise. The implementation of the principles of social justice to Bedouin children in the Negev and to their families is the obligation of the state which must, within a few years, advance a reasonable solution that will help them exploit their talents and realize their natural right to happiness just like any other child in Israel.

StevenKalka

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 13:32

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Suzanna, you claim you won't visit Haifa until Israel tears down its security wall. Tell me, is that a threat or a promise?


happygoldfish

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 10:05

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JBBC MEMO 115

monday to friday, 1.30-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4extra (freeview channel 708), repeated at 8.30pm 1.30am and 6.30am:
selling hitler, read by nigel anthony
(8 daily episodes, continues next week)

"True story of the most sensational publishing fraud in history - the forging of Adolf Hitler's diaries."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dhq5t)

JBBC MEMO 116

this evening (monday), 10.35-11.10pm on bbc 1:
The Baby Born in a Concentration Camp
(repeated from 2011)

Anka Bergman gave birth to her baby daughter Eva in a Nazi concentration camp.
During her pregnancy, Anka witnessed the horrors of Auschwitz and endured six months of forced labour. If the Nazis found a woman was pregnant, she could be sent straight to the gas chambers. Amazingly, Anka's pregnancy went unnoticed for months.
Anka eventually gave birth - on the day she arrived at an extermination camp. Anka weighed just five stone and was on the brink of starvation; baby Eva weighed just three pounds.
Remarkably, both mother and daughter survived, and are living in Cambridge. Now they tell their story.

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b010n3tz/The_Baby_Born_in_a_Concent...)

JBBC MEMO 117

this afternoon (wednesday), 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

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 118

this evening (wednesday), 8.00-8.45pm on bbc radio 4:
the moral maze: is wagner's music morally tainted by his anti-semitism?,
with melanie phillips michael portillo claire fox matthew taylor and michael buerk

Can art be morally contaminating? The anti-semitism of the German composer Richard Wagner still makes him a divisive figure even 200 years after his death. In a row over a Jewish conductor for a performance of the opera Parsifal, Wagner described the Jews as "the born enemy of pure humanity and everything noble about it".
Famously he was said to be Hitler's favourite composer and Wagner's works were used in propaganda by the Third Reich in the Nazification of German culture. There are even claims his operas were played to those held in concentration camps. As recently as last year protestors in Israel forced the cancellation of a concert featuring his work.
The anniversary of his death is being marked by major performance at the Proms and the actor Simon Callow will be performing "Inside Wagner's Head" at the Royal Opera House. In an interview Callow says he'll confront the composer's hatred of Jews head on and publicity promises it will be as controversial as Wagner himself.
Can we ever separate the beauty of art from the sin of the artist? Should we boycott performances by Wagner, even if they don't contain any anti-semitic views? And if so, why not do the same with the dozens of other 19th and 20th century artists who espoused similar views? Are those people who enjoy and are moved by performances of Wagner morally compromised? When does an image that is racist, anti-semitic or offensive become art? Does the passage of time act as a kind of moral decontaminant? Or is that the worst kind of moral relativism?

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b037jbv5)

JBBC MEMO 119

tonight (early friday morning), 1.50-2.40am on channel 4 tv:
the amy winehouse story

Amy Winehouse was one of the most talented singers of her generation, winning five Grammies.
Jacques Peretti examines the life of the late singer, in a revised and updated edition of his documentary What Really Happened.

(if you miss it, available at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-amy-winehouse-story)

For SCoJeC
July 29, 2013
MEMO 360 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_360_29_july_2013.pdf

StevenKalka

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 15:55

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[It would seem that whenever he publishes yet another best-selling book controversy is never far behind - his recent contention that we live in an "unusually peaceful time" drew opprobrium from many quarters.]

I think Steven Pinker is correct. Maybe his critics should examine diminishing per capita injury and fatality rates worldwide from war and terrorism rather than just focusing on media headlines. There's not much you can do with closed minds.


happygoldfish

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 09:25

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JBBC MEMO 120

this evening (friday), 8.00-8.50pm on bbc radio 4:
any questions (chaired by nick robinson instead of jonathan dimbleby)

"… with former Home Secretary Lord Howard, former High Commissioner to South Africa Lord Boateng, Owen Jones from the Independent, and Isabel Hardman from the Spectator's Coffee House Blog."

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b037jnl5)
repeated tomorrow lunchtime (saturday), 1.10-2.00pm

owen jones is the journalist who rattled off a series of lies and half-truths about israel on bbc1's "question time" eight months ago (22/11/2012, still available at 27:05 here)
(see following post for transcript and comment)


happygoldfish

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:28

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this is a copy of a blog from november/december 2012, originally at http://www.thejc.com/node/92392
i would normally simply link to it, but it has completely vanished from the jc website, presumably deleted by someone who thought that that served truth best

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 14:52

here's a transcript of what owen jones said (Question Time, 22/11/2012) …
Let's be absolutely clear about what happened.
Firstly, this whole idea that Gaza, that Hamas, broke the ceasefire, is just not true. In fact it was broken after, in October, Israel killed 15 Palestinian fighters, they shot dead a mentally disabled Palestinian, they killed another 13-year-old in an intrusion, and when there was an attempt to actually get a ceasefire, negotiations were ongoing, that is when they assassinated Ahmed Jabari, completely ending those ceasefire talks.
Now it's often said, and Barak Obama made this point, he said "What country on earth would tolerate rockets being fired at them?"
I ask you this, what people on earth would tolerate a siege which stops basic supplies getting in, an occupation, a 45-year-old occupation, a brutal occupation at that, illegal settlements all over the West Bank which are in total violation of international law, and what we've seen in the course of this onslaught are the deaths of 158 Palestinians, at least 30 of whom are children, and I don't want to just throw statistics around, I'll give you one example, of one of those children Omar Mishawari, he was 11 months old, he was a little boy, the son of a BBC journalist, and he was killed in a so-called targeted strike.
Now we all want a secure and lasting peace.
When we have Israeli ministers like the interior minister calling for Gaza to be sent back to the middle ages, when in the last offensive we have another minister calling for a holocaust to be inflicted on Gaza, when we have the son of Ariel Sharon who wrote in the Jerusalem Post talking about how Nagasaki and Hiroshima were solutions, possible solutions to be inflicted, when we have those people we won't get a secure peace.
But the way we will get it, for Arabs and Jews alike, [is] to end the occupation, end the siege of Gaza, and dismantle the illegal settlements, and finally have a just settlement for the Palestinian people, ensuring peace for Arabs and Jews and the region as a whole.

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 14:52

Real Real Zionist: You seem to have so much more information than the mere mortals among us. Where DO you get your information from?

Real Real Zionist: an Israeli military spokeswoman said.
I see. Thank you

my information is almost always accompanied by clickable links, so that anyone can easily check it

you are limited by your unwillingness to look at sources that do not support your prejudices

this series of lies and half-truths is too long to deal with in one go : let's start with the opening paragraph …

Owen Jones: Firstly, this whole idea that Gaza, that Hamas, broke the ceasefire, is just not true. In fact it was broken after, in October, Israel killed 15 Palestinian fighters …

if there was ever a ceasefire, it was certainly the gazans that broke it … in october 2012, they fired rockets into israel on october 1, 4, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, and 31 (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israe... )

indeed, on 2/11/2012, "Mahmoud Abbas denounced the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel in an interview with Channel 2" (see http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=290276 )

Owen Jones: …they shot dead a mentally disabled Palestinian …

this "mentally disabled palestinian" appears to be 23-year-old Ahmad Nabhani, not retarded, but heavily medicated for depression, who had been returned unharmed by the israelis after approaching the border fence on three previous occasions, but on this occasion crawled there partly concealed by a dry river bed [so that the israelis could not see who he was nor what he had with him] and was shot (and later died, 5/11/2012) after ignoring warning shots and refusing to stop, see Diaa Hadid (AP)

Owen Jones: … they killed another 13-year-old in an intrusion …

this appears to be Ahmed Younis Khader Abu Daqqa, who was shot on 8/11/2012 when israeli soldiers, disarming explosive devices they found on the border, came under fire and therefore returned fire: it is not the israelis' responsibility if palestinian gunmen deliberately have a child shield with them

(and, obviously, returning fire is not a breach of a ceasefire! )

Owen Jones: …and when there was an attempt to actually get a ceasefire, negotiations were ongoing, that is when they assassinated Ahmed Jabari, completely ending those ceasefire talks.

there were no ceasefire talks, any more than there had been at any time during the relentless rocket attacks from gaza all year long

Mon, 12/03/2012 - 13:10

Owen Jones: …and when there was an attempt to actually get a ceasefire, negotiations were ongoing, that is when they assassinated Ahmed Jabari, completely ending those ceasefire talks.

aha! … just found out where this extraordinary idea comes from … a misleading wikipedia passage ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Pillar_of_Defense#Pre-operation_e... ) …
"An Israeli peace activist, Gershon Baskin, who was a mediator between Israel and Hamas in the negotiations that resulted in the release of Gilad Shalit, reported that hours before the strike that killed Ahmed Jabari, he received a draft of a permanent truce agreement between Israel and Hamas."
this is based on a cited haaretz article of 15/11/2012 whose headline is not supported by its own text …

Hamas leader Jabari killed amid talks on long-term truce
Hours before Hamas strongman Ahmed Jabari was assassinated, he received the draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel …
A few months ago Baskin showed Defense Minister Ehud Barak a draft of the agreement and on the basis of that draft an inter-ministry committee on the issue was established. …
“In Israel,” Baskin said, “they decided not to decide, and in recent months I took the initiative to push it again.”

… ie, baskin's draft (btw, not for a ceasefire but for a "long-term truce") was referred to a committee who, several months ago, decided to drop it like a brick

baskin is the only person who thought his draft could still fly

owen jones is wrong, negotiations were not ongoing, the ceasefire (or truce) initiative had for months been at best dead in the water and at worst sunk like a brick
it was no more!

moral: if it sounds like a duck, looks like a duck, and sinks like a duck

then it's a brick!

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 13:19

Owen Jones: Now it's often said, and Barak Obama made this point, he said "What country on earth would tolerate rockets being fired at them?"
I ask you this, what people on earth would tolerate …

owen jones criticised his first questioner with the words (at 29:45) "i'm disappointed you didn't engage with a single argument that i just put across", yet here he's done exactly that, with president obama (and david cameron and most other western leaders) …

owen jones has proudly refused to engage with obama's argument (ie, what would any country in israel's position do?)

instead, he "puts across" a different argument (ie, what would any people in the palestinians' position do?), and expects that to be answered, even though
i] he himself refuses to answer the argument of most western leaders
ii] he bases it on such a large number of lies or half-truths that it would be impossible for a questioner (even if prepared) to answer more than one in the short time available!

(btw, owen jones is described by the bbc as "the Independent columnist" … what a good advertising slogan … "independent by nature: asking the questions other newspapers don't ask ")

owen jones is scared that he cannot answer obama without appearing racist … no other country would be expected to submit to almost daily rocket attacks on civilians without eventually attempting to destroy the rocket launch sites storage sites and personnel

ok, although owen jones is scared that he can't answer obama without appearing racist, we don't have to be scared about answering his series of questions!

Owen Jones: … … a siege which stops basic supplies getting in …

both a lie and a racists' choice-word

activity which would normally be called a blockade, or economic sanctions, is called a siege when it's done by israel

"siege" is defined as a military operation cutting off essential supplies (oxford dictionary and others)

the israeli-egyptian blockade of gaza allows in all essential supplies (and nearly everything else) … israel even supplies gaza with most of gaza's electricity!

(sometimes hamas cuts off essential supplies … on 20/11/2012, hamas actually attacked the kerem shalom border crossing, causing it to shut, and preventing 96 out of 120 trucks of humanitarian aid from entering … and many power cuts are unnecessary)

here are the details, from http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/HumanitarianAid/Palestinians/Humanitarian_situ...

Food and Housing Security
1. Gaza is not experiencing food scarcity. Israel is not blocking entrance of goods into Gaza, except for weaponry and dual-use materials. Construction materials can be imported to Gaza under the supervision of international organizations.
 
2. Israel is continuing the yearly supply of five million cubic meters (1,320,860,250 gallons) of water to Gaza, despite the rocket attacks on Israeli cities and towns.
 
3. UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency) reports (17 Nov 2012) that despite some displacement of families due to hostilities, "there hasn't been any need to provide emergency humanitarian assistance or to open UNRWA facilities as emergency shelters."
Medical Care
1. Between January-October 2012, approximately 14,500 patients and their accompanying chaperones entered Israel from Gaza for medical treatment. 99% of the medical requests by Palestinian residents of Gaza were approved by Israel.
 
2. The World Health Organization has reported a ten-day slowdown in referral process for Gaza patients due to disagreements between the Ramallah and Gaza Health Ministries.
 
3. Gaza hospitals are currently operating at 80% capacity (17 Nov), slightly higher than routine periods.
 
4. Israel is not blocking entrance of medical supplies into Gaza. Requests submitted by the international community are answered within 24-72 hours of submission, almost always positively, and Israel has opened the Kerem Shalom passage for transit of medical materials and other goods, despite the danger to personnel at the crossing.
 
5. At present, there is a shortage of some medical supplies in Gaza due to disagreements between Hamas and the PA, and budgetary difficulties of the Palestinian Authority.
 
6. UNRWA reports that all of its 21 health centers are open and functioning. Of UNRWA's 12,000 staff members in Gaza, only one person has sustained injuries in the hostilities, and those are minor.
Electricity
1. Israel is supplying 125 megawatts of electricity to the Gaza Strip from the power station in Ashkelon despite the rocket attacks on Israel's population, and on Ashkelon itself.
 
2. Gaza continues to suffer from power outages due to a deliberate policy of Hamas, which opposes import of fuel from Israel. As a result, the Gaza power station is operating at 20% capacity.
the blockade, of course, is because gaza has for years been firing rockets at israeli civilians

yet owen jones turns it the other way round, and claims that the blockade (the "siege") is a reason for firing the rockets

Owen Jones: … an occupation, a 45-year-old occupation, a brutal occupation at that …

another lie and racists' choice-word

there are certain words that certain people feel they have to use whenever they're talking about israel, even if there's no justification for it, simply because the sound gives the impression that israelis (or jews) are less than human

"brutal" is one … without specifically saying so, the obvious reference to "brute" gives the impression that israelis (or jews) behave like animals

(similarly, deaths caused by israel are described as "slaughter" to give the impression that israelis treat others as animals; and an attack by israel is described as an "onslaught" solely because it sounds like "slaughter")

there is nothing brutal ("savagely violent") about the israeli occupation

it has been considerably better than the jordanian occupation (of the west bank)

until the oslo accords, israel …

  • provided employment for a large proportion of the palestinian population (btw, 32,000 are still employed in israel, and 27,750 in the settlements … and israel persists in trying to strengthen the palestinian economy, see http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/HumanitarianAid/Palestinians/Strenghtening-PA-... ),

  • provided the best health service in the middle east (btw, thousands of palestinian children, including gazan children accompanied by a parent, are still treated free in israeli hospitals),
  • established universities (there had been none before), and so on
  • since the oslo accords, instead of trying to cooperate, palestinians have gradually stepped up the atrocities committed against israeli civilians:

    suicide bombs (first using young men, then women, then children), shooting israelis in their cars, shooting or knifing israelis in their homes, rockets …

    at each step, the israelis have tried to counter illegal lethal force with legal non-lethal measures (road-blocks, the security barrier, economic sanctions/blockade etc)

    what people other than the palestinians would prolong their own occupation for 45 years by refusing to make peace?

    what people other than the palestinians, having aimed to destroy another country through three wars fought, and lost, on their behalf, would continue that aim 64 years on?

    what people other than the palestinians would keep their children and grandchildren in refugee towns for 64 years?

    what people other than the palestinians would increasingly commit atrocities, and name streets and stadiums after the perpetrators?

    every war ends with a peace treaty

    israel requires that peace treaty to be permanent, and in particular for the palestinians to give up their aim to re-absorb israel, and for secure borders as required by unsc resolution 242

    the palestinians have refused and still refuse to give up their aim to re-absorb israel, both by the "right of return" (of refugees and their descendants), and by military means … and abbas's recent unga speech (after the unga resolution recognising palestine) makes it clear that they intend to follow the unga resolution 194 track (return of refugees)

    the palestinians for 64 years have been trying to reverse the 1948 war

    israel for 64 years has been trying to secure a just peace treaty

    Owen Jones: illegal settlements all over the West Bank which are in total violation of international law …

    let's assume that they are illegal (under the last sentence of article 49 of the fourth geneva convention) … even so, does that justify firing rockets against israeli civilians?

    owen jones emphasises that they are in "total violation" of international law …

    if owen jones's word "total" means anything, it is certainly a lie

    if owen jones means to give the impression that it is a "grave breach" of the convention requiring "penal sanctions" under article 146 (in non-technical words: a war crime), it is a lie, since breach of the last sentence of article 49 is not included in the article 147 definition of "grave breach"

    Art. 147. Grave breaches … shall be those involving any of the following acts … wilful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, including biological experiments, wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement of a protected person, compelling a protected person to serve in the forces of a hostile Power, or wilfully depriving a protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial prescribed in the present Convention, taking of hostages and extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.

    if owen jones means to give the impression that it is at the top end of the scale of violations, it is a lie
    unlike the many breaches of international law by other countries, this (alleged) israeli breach is pathetically harmless

  • it does not kill anyone
  • it does not injure anyone
  • it does not deprive anyone of any property that he owns
  • it does not require anyone to move home (not even across the street)
  • … the only harm it does is that it forces palestinians to have jewish neighbours! (but even that's not as bad as it sounds, since at least those neighbours are usually a mile away, at the top of a hill! )

    if only every country would break international law as harmlessly as the israelis!

    if owen jones means to give the impression that it is "total" in the sense of being undeniable or unarguable, then it is a lie
    there are plenty of arguable defences (here, i wish only to say that it is arguable, rather than to actually argue it) …
    indeed, if it is a violation of international law, then the return (in 1967-9) of the pre-1948 jewish residents of the jewish quarter of jerusalem would have been a violation! … was that intended by the fourth geneva convention?

    and anyway, since the settlements do not kill or injure anyone, or deprive them of property that they own, or make them homeless, how can that justify the undoubted war crime of firing rockets at israeli civilians?

    Owen Jones: … and what we've seen in the course of this onslaught are the deaths of 158 Palestinians, at least 30 of whom are children, and I don't want to just throw statistics around, I'll give you one example, of one of those children Omar Mishawari, he was 11 months old, he was a little boy, the son of a BBC journalist, and he was killed in a so-called targeted strike.

    Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:38

    ah, i've just found out where owen jones got the list of events with which he opened (after "Let's be absolutely clear about what happened"! ) …

    Owen Jones: … Let's be absolutely clear about what happened.
    Firstly, this whole idea that Gaza, that Hamas, broke the ceasefire, is just not true. In fact it was broken after, in October, Israel killed 15 Palestinian fighters, they shot dead a mentally disabled Palestinian, they killed another 13-year-old in an intrusion, and when there was an attempt to actually get a ceasefire, negotiations were ongoing, that is when they assassinated Ahmed Jabari, completely ending those ceasefire talks.

    (for detailed comment on the inaccuracy of this, see above, here)

    … it was from guardian associate editor and columnist seamus milne (also the guardian's comment editor, 2001-2007, see http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/seumasmilne ), whose article "It's Palestinians who have the right to defend themselves" was published 48 hours earlier …

    In fact, an examination of the sequence of events over the last month shows that Israel played the decisive role in the military escalation: from its attack on a Khartoum arms factory reportedly supplying arms to Hamas and the killing of 15 Palestinian fighters in late October, to the shooting of a mentally disabled Palestinian in early November, the killing of a 13 year-old in an Israeli incursion and, crucially, the assassination of the Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari last Wednesday during negotiations over a temporary truce.

    this is how misinformation about israel spreads …

    papers like the guardian publish facts without proper checks (there are no references enabling the reader to expose the inaccuracy unfairness or lack of context of the report of the deaths of the 15 palestinians, the palestinian being treated for depression, or the 13-year old), to support a dubious argument

    and then the bbc broadcasts a willingly gullible repetition of those unchecked facts, to support an even more dubious argument

    of course, it's not entirely the guardian's fault!

    even seamus milne did not suggest that israel broke a ceasefire

    that seems to have been purely owen jones's invention!


    happygoldfish

    Mon, 08/05/2013 - 18:06

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    JBBC MEMO 121

    two days ago (saturday), 11.30am-12.00 on bbc radio 4:
    from our own correspondent

    Jake Wallis Simons drinks beer with an Israeli settler who tells him that whatever the outcome of the current John Kerry peace initiative, he and others like him, won't be leaving their settlements.

    nb: this introduction doesn't say so, but the settler whom simons travelled a long way to interview was one illegal under israeli law
    (if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b037r5df from 07:00 to 12:35)

    JBBC MEMO 122

    yesterday (sunday), 9.00-9.50am on bbc radio 4:
    broadcasting house, including a report on auschwitz:

    "World War Two Tourism. Kevin Connolly has visited Auschwitz for us, to examine the impact of tourism over the last twenty years on the memories and symbolism of the death camp."

    (if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b037s4f1 from 21:44 to 27:30)


    happygoldfish

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 13:28

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    JBBC MEMO 121A

    this morning (wednesday), 9.50-10.00am on bbc world service:
    from our own correspondent
    same report as the uk-aimed JBBC MEMO 121, but with a different introduction for the global audience, by owen bennett jones:

    "There are many ways of looking at the dispute between the Palestinians and the Israelis, but perhaps as good a way as any is to reduce the issue to the question of what gives someone the right to a piece of land: that you live there, that your father lived there, or that your antecedents lived there before that? … Jake Wallis Simons has been sampling opinion on the ground, on the West Bank."

    also a different web summary:

    Today, two stories which revolve around land - the struggles over who owns it, and the new riches it can produce.
    Jake Wallis Simons is on the West Bank, in an Israeli settlement called Neve Erez.
    On the surface it might look almost idyllic: a Biblical landscape with fertile fields, young families and even a pub.
    But conversing with some of the regulars there makes clear just how passionately these Israelis believe in their continuing rights to the territory - no matter what new talks on Israeli/Palestinian issues might dictate for the future.

    (if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01dhx7l)


    happygoldfish

    Thu, 08/08/2013 - 09:02

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    JBBC MEMO 123

    yesterday afternoon (wednesday), 5.51-5.58pm on bbc radio 4
    great jewish sportsmen:
    robert peston learns how to dive in park road swimming pool …

    "…my ancestry are landlocked ashkenazim jews, it's sort of version of "white men can't jump", ashkenazim jews can't dive, in a graceful way … well, i want to prove that i can dive in a graceful way, that i can overcome my genes!"

    (if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b037v4g4 at 51:50-58:00)

    (btw, goldfish can't dive … and we're all ashkenazim! )


    happygoldfish

    Fri, 08/09/2013 - 09:46

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    JBBC MEMO 124

    sunday morning, 11.15am-12.00 on bbc radio 4:
    desert island discs with daniel kahneman:

    Daniel Kahneman was born in Tel Aviv in 1934, where his mother was visiting relatives.
    He spent his childhood years in Paris, France, where his parents had emigrated from Lithuania in the early 1920s. Kahneman and his family were in Paris when it was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1940. His father was picked up in the first major round-up of French Jews, but was released after six weeks due to the intervention of his employer.
    The family was on the run for the remainder of the war, and survived intact except for the death of Kahneman's father due to diabetes in 1944.
    Daniel Kahnemann and his family then moved to British Mandatory Palestine in 1948, just prior to Israel's independence.
    The psychologist Daniel Kahneman, who won the 2002 Nobel Prize for Economics, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.
    Widely acknowledged as one of the world's most influential living psychologists, his many years of study have centred on how and why we make the decisions we do.
    As a child, he lived in Nazi occupied France and he says that, from a young age, he already had a pretty good idea that he wanted to be an academic.
    He says "My mother had a big influence ... in fact I credit her with the fact that I became a psychologist ... because she got me interested in people and listening to gossip. I've been fascinated by gossip ever since."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0381l2v)


    happygoldfish

    Fri, 08/09/2013 - 18:37

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    sunday evening, 10.45-11.15pm on bbc3 tv (freeview channel 7):
    badults (3rd of 6 epsiodes):

    (at 12:48)
    there was a time you used to join in with our games
    join in? when you played cowboys and indians, i was the indian
    when you guys played medieval france, guess who was joan of arc
    and when you played nazi-occupied europe …
    you were a great anne frank!
    six hours i was in that attic!
    i know – i read your diary!

    (already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0381m36/Badults_Film/)


    StevenKalka

    Tue, 08/13/2013 - 11:36

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    There's an old joke about Jonah and the Whale. After Jonah swallowed the whale, rescuers harpooned it, cut it open, and found Jonah selling apples foe 3 cents a piece in the whale's stomach.


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    Fri, 08/16/2013 - 09:44

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    JBBC MEMO 126

    every afternoon this week (monday to friday), 1.45-2.00pm on bbc radio 4:
    the prophets (5 episodes): jonah, isaiah, elijah, miriam, samuel:

    In the first of his series of off-beat Biblical portraits, Clive Lawton tells the story of Jonah and the whale. Or should it be a fish?
    At one level Jonah is a knockabout tale of strange events, but at its core it is a story of universal assertions and values, surprising in its inclusivity and judgements.
    Jonah is a cantankerous character who doesn't seem to fit in with God's plans. And yet he is still called upon to be a prophet.
    What, then, does the function involve? It certainly seems that being a prophet is no guarantee of insight or moral depth. How would we relate to such mythical figures if they were still around today and how relevant are their thoughts and ideas in a modern context?
    Clive Lawton profiles Isaiah, the supreme literary prophet or, possibly, prophets.
    There is a dispute about whether Isaiah is one, two or even three distinct personalities as his story covers several different epochs.
    His words reverberate around the world, not least as having been taken up so solidly by Christians as prophecies of the coming of Jesus as the Messiah.
    How would we relate to such mythical figures if they were still around today and how relevant are their thoughts and ideas in a modern context?
    Clive Lawton tells the story of Elijah, a miracle-working, thundering wild-eyed and somewhat anti-social itinerant.
    Elijah is very much the prototype Old Testament prophet and only one of two people in the Jewish Bible who, strangely, doesn't die.
    As a result, he is thought to be almost still hovering around, ready to intervene when the right time comes. Jews open their doors to Elijah each Passover and pour him a cup of wine. He has a special seat at every circumcision and they sing of him at the end of every Sabbath.
    Clive Lawton tells the story of Miriam the Prophetess.
    Miriam is one of the few women in the Bible to be called a prophetess though it's not entirely clear what that means. In some ways, she is an essential counterbalance to Moses who is always referred to by the Jews as the greatest of the prophets and the transmitter of the core of Jewish teaching and tradition, the Torah.
    However, without Miriam and her resourcefulness Moses would not have survived, and according to rabbinic tradition without Miriam, Moses would not even have been born.
    Clive Lawton tells the story of Samuel, who went from being the last of the judges - a fairly sloppy and incompetent system of government - to being the first prophet to work with (and against) duly constituted kings.
    Samuel invented the constitutional system whereby the king was subject to the law and could be held to account and set in train all those 'speaking truth to power' thereafter.
    High drama as he argues with the Jews about whether or not having a king is such a good idea; even higher drama when he wrenches the kingdom from his first nominee, Saul - and a really odd moment when Saul uses a witch to conjure him back from the dead.

    (if you miss them, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0383kxs/episodes/guide)

    JBBC MEMO 72A

    this evening (tuesday), 8.00-9.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9):
    Archaeology: A Secret History, episode 1 of 3: In the Beginning
    (repeated from april 2013)

    "Archaeologist Richard Miles presents a series charting the history of the breakthroughs and watersheds in our long quest to understand our ancient past.
    He begins by going back 2,000 years to explore how archaeology began by trying to prove a biblical truth - a quest that soon got archaeologists into dangerous water."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0109jny/Archaeology_A_Secret_Histo...)

    For SCoJeC
    August 12, 2013
    MEMO 361 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_361_12_august_2013.pdf

    happygoldfish

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 10:50

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    JBBC MEMO 127

    this evening (wednesday), 9.30pm, on bbc radio 4:
    Midweek, including David Harris-Gershon, author of What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist who Tried to Kill Your Wife, and regular contributor to tikkun daily

    "David Harris-Gershon is a columnist and writer.
    In the summer of 2002, during historic ceasefire negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, a bomb was detonated in a cafeteria at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The blast left David's wife with severe injuries and killed two of the friends who were with her.
    The experience sent David on a psychological journey which eventually led him to the family home of the man responsible."

    (already available at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b038hfdc at 14:10)


    happygoldfish

    Tue, 09/03/2013 - 08:59

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    JBBC MEMO 128

    this evening (tuesday), 10.00-11.00pm, on bbc4 tv (freeview channel 9):
    peter and dan snow's 20th-century battlefields: 1973 middle east (repeated from 2007)

    "Peter and Dan Snow unpick the complex history of conflict in the Middle East. Known in the West as the Yom Kippur War, the fighting that broke out in 1973 was the biggest military clash between Arabic nations and Israel.
    Peter and Dan travel to Israel, the country that found itself in danger of being crushed on two sides when Egypt and Syria launched a massive combined attack.
    Using state-of-the-art graphics, Peter explains how the Egyptians stunned the Israelis in their surprise attack, when thousands of Egyptian soldiers and hundreds of tanks crossed the Suez Canal and pushed into the Sinai desert.
    With the help of the British Royal Marines, Dan experiences how small teams of Egyptian foot-soldiers used the latest technology to stop the Israel tanks in their tracks."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007sfdd)
    repeated thursday night, 11.15pm-12.15

    JBBC MEMO 129

    tomorow night (thursday night/friday morning), 12.20-1.20am, on bbc 2:
    Maureen Lipman: If Memory Serves Me Right (repeated from 18th april)

    Documentary following actor and writer Maureen Lipman on a personal journey as she explores through her own recollections how memory works.
    With the help of family, friends and experts, Maureen traces the development of memory, from cradle to grave.

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s0zvx)

    JBBC MEMO 130

    yesterday evening (thursday), 7.15-7.30pm, on bbc radio 4:
    frontrow: kirsty lang interviews simon schama about his 5-part series the story of the jews (starting on bbc2 on sunday)
    (if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b038ynzk)

    JBBC MEMO 131

    this afternoon (friday), 1:37-1.42pm, on bbc radio 4:
    incoming chief rabbi ephraim mirvis interviewed on world at one:
    for review see http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/110923/rabbi-mirvis-i-will-work-non-or...
    (if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/b038zh9x from 37:45 to 42:15)

    (probably to be repeated on the pm programme, 5:00-6:00pm)

    JBBC MEMO 132

    tomorow evening (saturday), 6.15-7.00pm, on bbc radio 4:
    jc columnist peter rosengard is one of the guests on loose ends

    "… author and founder of London's Comedy Store, Peter Rosengard, who surprisingly holds one of the longest standing Guinness World Records for selling the world's largest life insurance policy for $100m!
    Peter's memoir 'Talking to Strangers' charts the extraordinary adventures of his unexpectedly glamorous life."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039825w)

    JBBC MEMO 133

    this evening (monday), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 2:
    robert peston goes shopping (epsiode 1 of 3), including the story of some immigrant retailers

    Robert Peston reveals how shopping in Britain was transformed over the 20th century.
    This episode charts how shopping was transformed from a chore to be endured in the 1950s into our favourite pastime by the 1980s.
    Robert also tells the story behind innovative retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury's, Asda, Chelsea Girl and Next which revolutionised the way retail was done - and encouraged us to fall in love with shopping.

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b039q4ct/Robert_Peston_Goes_Shoppin...)

    JBBC MEMO 134

    tonight (monday), 11.50pm-12.50, on bbc 2 (repeated from yesterday, 9.00pm):
    The Story of the Jews: In the Beginning (episode 1 of 5)

    "The story of the Jewish experience begins 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the Hebrew Bible, a chronicle of their stormy relationship with a faceless, formless, jealous God.
    It was loyalty to this 'God of Words' that defined the distinct identity of the ancient Jews and preserved it despite all that history could throw their way - war, invasion, deportation, enslavement, exile and assimilation.
    The story unfolds with a dazzling cast of historical characters: Sigmund Freud dying in exile in London; Victorian evangelicals and explorers following 'in the footsteps' of Moses; Jewish mercenaries living, prospering and intermarrying in the pagan land of Egypt; Messianic Jews dreaming of the Apocalypse; and a Jewish historian, Josephus, who witnessed first-hand the moment when the apocalypse finally came and the Romans destroyed the Jewish High Temple in Jerusalem."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0398rkj/The_Story_of_the_Jews_In_t...)

    JBBC MEMO 134

    friday night/saturday morning, 12.10-12.40am, on E4 tv:
    friday night dinner: 1st episode of repeat of the 2nd series (from october 2012)
    (already available at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/friday-night-dinner/4od)

    JBBC MEMO 135

    sunday evening, 8.00-9.00pm, on channel 4 tv:
    hitler's rise: the colour films (1st episode of 2)

    "This first episode follows Hitler's early years. A mediocre student pampered by his mother, a failed artist and a loner, Hitler shirked military service in 1913.
    But Germany's defeat in World War I turned him into a rabid nationalist who soon became the mouthpiece of a small far-right group.
    When galloping inflation overtook Germany in 1924, he attempted a coup with his paramilitary Storm Troopers, but it was a terrible failure. Lucky to survive, Hitler was imprisoned and wrote Mein Kampf in his cell.
    When he was released he restarted his quest for power, this time by legal means. But the Germans weren't worried; they still thought Hitler was just an irrelevant deluded crank on the margins of German politics..."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/hitlers-rise-the-colour-films)

    For SCoJeC
    August 26, 2013
    MEMO 362 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_361_26_august_2013.pdf

    happygoldfish

    Tue, 09/03/2013 - 09:06

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    happygoldfish

    Tue, 09/03/2013 - 17:42

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    JBBC MEMO 136

    broadcaster david jacobs died yesterday (monday)
    no bbc broadcast on his life yet announced, but a short clip can be seen at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23932702 and a written obituary at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-14016131

    (will presumably be on last word on bbc radio 4 at 4.00pm on friday, repeated 8.30pm sunday)


    happygoldfish

    Fri, 09/13/2013 - 11:09

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    JBBC MEMO 137

    last wednesday, 8.00-8.15pm, on bbc radio 4:
    best of four thought: marrying out

    "Naomi Shragai is a Jewish woman who was expected to find a nice Jewish man to marry, but she then found herself on a very different path."

    (if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039d14s)

    JBBC MEMO 138

    last saturday, 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4:
    from our own correspondent: reporter mark lowen in south africa "discovers the anti-apartheid pedigree of his grandfather" george lowen who fled germany in 1935 after defending the communist charged with burning the reichstag, and "went from jewish refugee to a champion of black rights"
    (if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039lmjw from 18:50)

    JBBC MEMO 133A

    this evening (monday), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 2:
    robert peston goes shopping (epsiode 2 of 3)

    "Robert Peston tells the remarkable story of the 1990s and 2000s - the boom years, when the stuff we bought got cheaper, fashion got faster, and supermarkets got smarter.
    Robert explores the unstoppable rise of Tesco, IKEA and Primark, and meets the charismatic and sometimes controversial Topshop owner Sir Philip Green.
    And he charts how our love affair with shopping got out of hand, storing up trouble for us all."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03b43g4/Robert_Peston_Goes_Shoppin...)

    JBBC MEMO 139

    every night this week (monday to friday), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 3:
    portraits of capa (5 episodes, in "the essay")

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

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

    JBBC MEMO 140

    tonight (monday), 11.50pm-12.50, on bbc 2 (repeated from yesterday, 9.00pm):
    The Story of the Jews: Among Believers (epsiode 2 of 5)

    "Simon Schama's epic series continues with the story of medieval Jews struggling to preserve their identity--and sometimes their lives--under the rule of Christianity and Islam.
    Whether labelled 'Christ-killers' by the Christians or 'dhimmi' (non-Muslim citizens of an Islamic community) by the Muslims, diaspora Jews built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in exile in the face of discrimination, blood-libels and persecution interspersed with periods of tolerance, protection and peaceful co-existence.
    Drawing on some of the extraordinary documents they left behind, this episode offers a vivid portrait of Jewish bankers, merchants, doctors, poets and artists flourishing in Lincoln, Cordoba, Venice and Cairo and tells the tragic story of their mass expulsion from Spain in 1492."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03b4q95/The_Story_of_the_Jews_Amon...)

    JBBC MEMO 141

    tonight (monday night/tuesday morning), 12.15-12.45am, on bbc radio 4:
    erving goffman (3rd of 3 "thinking allowed" episodes on seminal social science theorists, the other two being on foucault and walter benjamin)

    "Laurie Taylor presents a special programme on the work and influence of this groundbreaking Canadian sociologist.
    He's joined by Professor Gregory Smith, Dr Rachel Hurdley and Dr Susie Scott."

    for biography, see also http://cdclv.unlv.edu//archives/interactionism/goffman/mendlovitz_08.htm...
    (already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039cy07)

    JBBC MEMO 142

    tomorrow evening (wednesday), 6.30-7.00pm, on bbc radio 4:
    my teenage diary: rachel johnson (episode 4 of 6)

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

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

    JBBC MEMO 143

    sunday evening, 8.00-9.00pm, on channel 4 tv:
    hitler's rise: the colour films (2nd episode of 2)

    "The second half of the two-part series explores how Hitler took advantage of Germany's economic crisis, the spectre of Communism and the naivety of the political elite, to seize full power."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/hitlers-rise-the-colour-films)

    JBBC MEMO 144

    sunday evening, 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 2 (repeated monday, 11.50pm):
    The Story of the Jews: A Leap of Faith (episode 3 of 5)

    "Simon Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down - allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe.
    One of the most of fruitful branches of this Jewish renaissance was in music and the stellar careers of Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn established the enduring tradition for Jewish musical prodigies.
    However, the remarkably successful integration of Jewish talent into the mainstream of European culture and commerce stirred up the ghosts of ancient prejudice, decked out in the new clothes of romantic nationalism and the pseudo-science of anti-semitism.
    The road to the hell of the Holocaust was paved by the diatribes of Richard Wagner, while the trial of Alfred Dreyfus led Theodor Herzl to conclude that without a homeland of their own, Jews would never be free of the millennia-old persecution."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03bkmvs/The_Story_of_the_Jews_A_Le...)

    For SCoJeC
    September 9, 2013
    MEMO 363 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_363_9_september_2013.pdf

    happygoldfish

    Mon, 09/30/2013 - 08:28

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    JBBC MEMO 145

    this afternoon (tuesday), 5.00-6.00pm, on bbc radio 4:
    pm, including …

    "is it acceptable to call a tottenham hotspur fan a yid? we hear from the prime minister and daniel finkelstein"

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03b0yf0)

    JBBC MEMO 146

    tomorrow evening (thursday), 7.15-7.45pm, on bbc radio 4:
    front row: mark lawson interviews woody allen
    (if you miss it, available at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03b2vyl)

    JBBC MEMO 147

    friday night/saturday morning, 12.10-2.10am, on bbc 2:
    the merchant of venice (2004), starring al pacino, jeremy irons, jospeh fiennes, kris marshall, john seesions, and ron cook
    (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Merchant_of_Venice_%282004_film%29)

    JBBC MEMO 148

    sunday night, 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 2 (repeated on monday, 11.50pm):
    The Story of the Jews: Over the Rainbow (episode 4 of 5)

    "How the Jewish people of Eastern Europe made their mark on the modern world."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/tv/a-z/s)

    For SCoJeC
    September 16, 2013
    MEMO 364 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_364_16_september_2013.pdf
    JBBC MEMO 149
    this afternoon (monday 23rd), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4: why religions change, in the beyond belief series

    "What causes religions to change beliefs or traditions which have been in place for hundreds of years? For centuries the Jewish people offered animal sacrifices daily in the Temple in Jerusalem. The Catholic Church condemned Galileo for teaching that the sun, rather than the earth, is the centre of our universe. Soon we may have female Bishops in the Church of England and some churches in the UK may be prepared to marry gay couples. Is it inevitable that religions which emerged two or three millennia ago will adapt and shift with ever increasing social, cultural and scientific change? How do you distinguish between eternal truth and the culturally conditioned?
    Joining Ernie Rea to discuss the way in which religions change are Dr Linda Woodhead, Professor in the Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University; Dr Yaakov Wise, Lecturer at the Centre for Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester; and Dr Gavin Flood, Professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion at the University of Oxford."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03bddd4)

    JBBC MEMO 150

    this evening (monday 23rd), 8.00-8.30pm, on bbc radio 4:
    obj's guide to the middle east (comedy):

    "Can anyone really claim to understand what is going on in the Middle East - who supports who and why?
    Owen Bennett Jones takes a sideways look at the shifting allegiances, the foreign policy zigzags, the outrageous hypocrisies, and the bizarre contradictions of the Middle East.
    Assisting him in what promises to be a somewhat anarchic guide are former Middle East ambassador Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, comedian Dom Joly and Baroness Haleh Afshar.
    Owen promises that though his listeners may be more confused than enlightened by the end of the half hour, it won't be for lack of trying by him and his guests!"

    NOTE: bbc world service newshour host and journalist owen bennet-jones is not the same as anti-israeli journalist on the independent, owen jones
    (if you miss it, available at (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03b0yf0)

    JBBC MEMO 151

    this evening (monday 23rd), 11.05pm-12.05, on bbc 1:
    who do you think you are? on marianne faithfull and her mother, eva von sacher-masoch

    "Singer and '60s pop icon Marianne Faithfull had a difficult relationship with her mother, Eva.
    In this film Marianne investigates Eva's early life, as a dancer in 1920s Berlin- the era immortalised in the film Cabaret. Marianne also discovers her half-Jewish mother's precarious existence in Vienna during World War Two and investigates whether there is any truth in the rumour that the family was involved with the Austrian Resistance."

    for review, see jewish chronicle of 20/9/2013 (p.33)
    see also http://www.thejc.com/arts/film/you-think-i%E2%80%99m-wild-you-should-see... (6/6/2008)
    (already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03bhsqv/Who_Do_You_Think_You_Are_S...)

    For SCoJeC
    September 23, 2013
    MEMO 365 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_365_23_september_2013.pdf

    happygoldfish

    Thu, 10/03/2013 - 12:27

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    JBBC MEMO 152

    this morning or evening (monday 30th), 11.15am-12.00 or 9.15-10.00pm, on bbc radio 4extra (freeview channel 708):
    loose ends: clive anderson interviews steven berkoff

    "Clive talks to maverick writer, director and actor Steven Berkoff, whose collection of short plays, 'Religion and Anarchy' centres around the theme of the latent anti-Semitism - a prejudice that, despite the cataclysmic events of twentieth century, refuses to go away and continues to infuse the very heart of the society in which we live.
    It's at London's Jermyn Street Theatre until Tuesday 26th October."

    (repeated from radio 4 on saturday at 6.15pm)
    (already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03bpsxb from 00:35:00)

    JBBC MEMO 153

    tomorrow evening (tuesday 1st), 7.55-8.00pm, on channel 4:
    4thought.tv:

    "Diana Gould is the oldest Olympic torch bearer in history.
    She was brought up in an Orthodox Jewish home before moving to Liberal Judaism. She says religion has to change with the times."

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

    For SCoJeC
    September 30, 2013
    MEMO 366 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_366_30_september_2013.pdf

    JBBC MEMO 154

    tonight (monday/tuesday 30th/1st), 12.20-1.20am, on bbc 2 (repeated from yesterday, 9.00pm):
    The Story of the Jews: Return (epsiode 5 of 5)

    "Simon Schama examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish.
    Mixing personal recollection with epic history, Simon tells the story of the remarkable personalities and unprecedented events which turned the Zionist dream of creating a modern state of Israel into reality - and the consequences for the world.
    With contributions from writer David Grossman, photographer Micha Bar-Am, kibbutz founder Freddie Kahan, West Bank settler Zvi Cooper and Palestinian villager Yacoub Odeh.
    This film explores the tension between the high ideals and dire necessities that led to the creation of a Jewish homeland and the realities of conflict, dispossession and occupation that have followed in its wake."

    (already available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03c7gzq/The_Story_of_the_Jews_Retu...)

    JBBC MEMO 155

    tomorrow afternoon (thursday 3rd), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4:
    Publishing Lives (episode 4 of 5)

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

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

    JBBC MEMO 156

    this morning (thursday 3rd), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service (freeview channel 710):
    Israel's Nuclear Secrets, in the Witness series

    "In October 1986, an Israeli nuclear technician, Mordechai Vanunu, revealed his country's secret nuclear weapons programme.

    Vanunu told his story to Britain's Sunday Times newspaper.

    He was later kidnapped by Israeli agents, taken back to Israel and put on trial for espionage. "

    (if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01hht54/Witness_Israels_Nuclear_Se...)

    JBBC MEMO 157

    tomorrow evening (friday 4th), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc radio 4:
    Bar Mitzvah Boy, with Tracy-Ann Oberman, David Horovich and Andrew Sachs

    "A radio version of Jack Rosenthal's award-winning television play about a boy having his Bar Mitzvah - the ceremony in which a thirteen year old becomes a man in the Jewish faith.
    At the tender age of thirteen Eliot Green is about to become a man - in the Jewish religion at least. In synagogue, in front of the whole congregation, he will read and sing in Hebrew from the Torah (the Hebrew scrolls) - this after a year of intensive tuition. Later he will enjoy receiving gifts from relatives and friends as he celebrates with them at his Bar Mitzvah party. 
All eyes are on Eliot as he is called up in synagogue for his big moment! But is he ready to become a man?
    This play along with many others established the late Jack Rosenthal as one of Britain's best loved television writers. A master at creating characters that you could recognise and empathise with, his plays were always sharp and finely tuned with a rich helping of humour.
    This new version of Bar Mitzvah Boy is specially adapted for radio by Jack's daughter, the playwright Amy Rosenthal."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0171ydt)


    suzanna

    Tue, 10/08/2013 - 10:47

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    Chaim Pesach

    Mon, 10/14/2013 - 09:33

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    HG, why do you insist on bouncing this post and reposting it again and again? Isn't that against forum rules? The excellent Harry's Place doesn't allow repostings. Perhaps it should be banned here.


    Chaim Pesach

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 18:31

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    Any reason why this posting is being bounced around the forum, repeatedly? Down with this sort of thing!


    happygoldfish

    Thu, 10/31/2013 - 13:27

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    Chaim Pesach: HG, your post above appears to have been repeated often over the past few weeks … your posts appear multiple times?

    Chaim Pesach: HG, why do you insist on bouncing this post and reposting it again and again?

    chaim pesach, why do you repeat this lie about me?

    there is quite obviously new material at the end of this post, for programmes over the weekend and this afternoon …

    what difference does it make to you if i make an existing post longer, instead of creating a new one?

    i could create a new post each time i describe new programmes, but then i would be creating so many posts that they would take over the "latest comments list" (which you wouldn't like), and it would make the page less readable, and the jc software only allows 50 posts on a page

    Chaim Pesach: Isn't that against forum rules?

    for forum rules, see http://www.thejc.com/terms-and-conditions

    finally, why are you so petty-minded that you object to tv and radio listings?

    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!

    For SCoJeC
    October 7, 2013
    MEMO 367 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_367_7_october_2013.pdf

    JBBC MEMO 158

    last friday evening (friday 4th), 7.31-7.45pm, on bbc radio 4:
    frank auerbach interviewed on front row by john wilson at the exhibition comparing him with rembrandt at the ordovas gallery in savile row, london

    "In a rare interview, artist Frank Auerbach talks in detail about his approach to his work, explaining that he goes to his studio every single day, without ever taking a day off, because he enjoys it so much.
    He also points out that, although he is seen as an abstract artist, he actually paints exactly what he sees in front of him..."

    for photos of the paintings, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/galleries/p01j45vt
    see also http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-features/10336972/Frank-Auerb... and http://jewishnews.co.uk/artists-work-shown-alongside-rembrandt/
    (if you missed it, available from 0:16:05 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03bsbb8)

    JBBC MEMO 159

    last sunday morning (sunday 6th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc radio 4:
    Ethical Science, in the Point of View series

    "Lisa Jardine learned the story of Leo Szilard from her father who regarded him as an exemplary figure in science.
    Szilard, an Hungarian physicist, helped to develop the atom bomb, but later fought against its use. His story provides lessons about the relationship between science and human values - even though the version of the tale Lisa was taught turns out not to have been entirely true."

    (if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03bsbbd)

    JBBC MEMO 160

    last sunday afternoon (sunday 6th), 1.00-1.30pm, on bbc radio 4:
    The World This Weekend:
    sean laye interviews lord weidenfeld about ralph miliband
    (if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03c2jwp)

    JBBC MEMO 161

    last sunday afternoon (sunday 6th), 1.24-1.30pm, on bbc radio 4:
    The World This Weekend:
    sean laye interviews wendy lauer at the wiener library about her book "Hitler's Furies" on women who assisted in the holocaust
    (if you missed it, available from 0:24:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03c2jwp)

    JBBC MEMO 162

    tomorrow afternoon (friday 11th), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4:
    stirring the middle east

    Fergal Keane on the British promises in WW1 that provoked conflict in the Middle East.
    The collapse of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War created a tangle of real and potential conflicts for world leaders to unpick.
    The toughest nut to crack would be the future of Palestine.
    In the course of the war Britain, in its desperate quest for allies, made three apparently contradictory promises. A secret deal with France divided future control of the Middle East between the two allies, the Sharif of Mecca was offered a new Arab kingdom and support for a Jewish homeland had been given to the Zionists.
    Fergal Keane explores how Britain tried and failed to untangle the knots, setting the scene for so much of the violence to come in the Middle East.

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03c47gk)

    JBBC MEMO 163
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    yesterday evening (thursday 10th), 10.39-10.45pm, on bbc radio 4:
    the world tonight interviews polish composer zbigniew preisner about his "diaries of hope" – poems of avram coplovich and abraham citron set to music – whose uk premiere is at the barbican this saturday (12th, at 8.00pm)

    "It takes words written by children held in nazi concentration camps, and turns them into a series of choral works … these are firsthand accounts by children who know they face almost certain death."

    (if you missed it, available from 0:39:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03c49xn)
    for eight video interviews about "diaries of hope", see http://www.preisner.com/

    JBBC MEMO 164

    last saturday morning (saturday 12th), 9.02-9.13am, on bbc radio 4:
    neil gaiman talks about his life, including what he liked about his barmitzvah lessons, on saturday live

    "Neil Gaiman is the much-garlanded writer of children’s stories, novels, comic books, films and screenplays, including Doctor Who. He’s appeared twice as himself in The Simpsons. His new book, Fortunately The Milk…is out now.
    Neil has 1.9 million Twitter followers."

    (if you missed it, available from 0:02:20 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ccvtp)

    For SCoJeC
    October 14, 2013
    MEMO 368 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_368_14_october_2013.pdf

    JBBC MEMO 165

    this afternoon (monday 14th), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4:
    the murderous mandate (episode 6 of terror through time)

    "In April 1947 a young French woman talked her way past the guard of Dover House in Whitehall. She told him she was desperate to use the toilet. In fact Betty Knut was there to plant a bomb at the very heart of the Empire.
    It proved just how far some militants were willing to go in their campaign to remove the British from Palestine.
    In part six of Fergal Keane's exploration of the changing nature of terrorism, he's joined by historian David Cesarani and former member of the Jewish underground, Hanna Armoni, to tell the story of the dedicated groups that turned their bombs and bullets against the British occupation."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03cdzlz)

    JBBC MEMO 166

    tomorrow evening (friday 18th), 11.00-11.25pm, on bbc3 tv (freeview channel 7):
    Family Guy: Call Girl (episode 14, season 11)

    "After Peter steals a motorcycle, a lawyer appears at his door, stating, 'I represent the man whose sidecar motorcycle you stole yesterday. Unfortunately for you, that man is very, very Jewish, and he’s suing you for everything you’ve got'. "

    (not available on iplayer)
    for a review of the programme, with analysis of writer seth macfarlane's alleged antisemitism, see http://w2.parentstv.org/Main/News/Detail.aspx?docID=2748

    JBBC MEMO 167

    yesterday evening (thursday 17th), 10.06-10.16pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710):
    Outlook interviews writer and former mossad agent mishka ben david
    (if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01jjsny)
    For SCoJeC
    October 21, 2013
    MEMO 369 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_369_21_october_2013.pdf

    JBBC MEMO 168

    this morning (monday 21st), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4:
    Meet the Jewslims

    "In Britain there are so many kinds of mixed relationships, people of different colour, culture and religion getting hitched.... So why is it when Jewish and Muslim people get married there are such strong reactions? Both are Abrahamic faiths and have a lot in common in terms of food with Kosher and Halal, circumcision, wearing modest clothes and yet there is such a powerful taboo surrounding this mix.
    Jewish/Muslim couples are often cut off from their families and communities. Zubeida Malik tells the story of three couples who crossed this boundary between the personal and the political.
    Maryiam has a word to describe her children: "Jewslims." They are, she says, neither Muslims nor Jews. Those like Mariyam in a Jewish/ Muslim relationship in contemporary Britain are in a growing minority, living under a veil of discretion.
    Zubeida starts by meeting Mariyam and her family in Watford. She is Shia Muslim. Her husband is Jewish. Both practice their religions. However, their marriage is not accepted by her community or extended family. When the pair met 33 years ago, Mariyam's uncles wanted to lock her up and send her back to Tanzania. She was saved by her broad-minded mother. But over the years the pair have had to deal with a surge in fundamentalism, which Mariyam first noticed with the Iranian Revolution and which increased with 9/11. Mariyam says events like these on the world stage affect her community and in turn her marriage.
    Lenny is the son of a Holocaust survivor. He and his Iranian wife, Sheherazade, are passionately in love but there was so much tension over Middle East politics that Sheherazade no longer spends sabbath eve with Lenny's parents. The couple cannot help arguing about Israel - and tell Zubeida it is something they enjoy doing.
    Omar and Rachel, who are in their late 20s, met at university. He is a south east Asian Muslim and she is Israeli Jewish. Just three months after meeting they knew they were going to get married and that there were certain issues that needed to be resolved before they finally tied the knot. So over the next couple of years they decided which religion their children would be bought up in, where they stood on the politics of the Middle East and most importantly, they wanted to prepare their families."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03dfh0r)

    JBBC MEMO 169

    this afternoon (monday 21st), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4:
    hijack!
    fergal keane talks to leila khaled, peter snow, and the son of the british pilot at dawson's field

    "On the 6th of September 1970 the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine launched one of the most spectacular acts of terror ever attempted. Three aircraft were to be hijacked on the same day and taken to Dawson's Field, an ex-RAF airfield in Jordan. The intention was two-fold; to force the release of Palestinian militants being held in prison in Germany, Switzerland and Israel and to raise the profile of the Palestinian demands for statehood.
    One of the hijackers was a young woman, Leila Khaled. She was charged with the toughest job, taking over an El Al aircraft flying from Amsterdam to New York. The attempt went badly wrong. Shlomo Vider, an El Al steward was seriously injured, hi-jacker, Patrick Argeullo was shot dead by an Israeli security guard and Khaled was forced to the floor as the pilot landed at Heathrow Airport.
    Fergal Keane talks to Khaled about the events of that day and the sudden British involvement in Palestinian affairs. PFLP sympathisers seized a British Airways jet to force Khaled's release from Ealing police station, leaving the Heath government with little apparent choice but to negotiate with hijackers.
    Fergal is joined by Peter Snow who was an ITN journalist at the time, Keith Goulbourn, son of the hijacked British pilot and government official, Baron Wilson of Dinton to consider an affair that turned Khaled into an icon of Palestinian resistance and set some very uncomfortable precedents."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03dfh0y)

    JBBC MEMO 170

    this afternoon (tuesday 22nd), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4:
    carlos: international terrorist

    "To his friends Carlos the Jackal was a charming bon viveur, a lover of fine wine and glamorous women. To western intelligence agencies in the 1970s, he was Public Enemy Number One, an unpredictable assassin, as likely to kill for money as for the Palestinian cause he claimed to support.
    Fergal Keane follows the trail of Carlos from his Marxist up-bringing in Venezuela to university in Moscow and guerrilla training camps before his entry onto the international scene with a series of spectacular attacks against perceived enemies of the Palestinians.
    Fergal talks to the French judge who eventually tracked him down and convicted him and to Bassam Abu Sharif, the Palestinian spokesman who first spotted his capacity to grab the imagination of the media."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03dsk4x)

    JBBC MEMO 171

    tomorrow evening (saturday 26th), 8.00-8.55pm, on channel 5 tv
    war hero in my family (episode 3 of 6, repeated from 2012): Arnost Lederer

    "Former Lib Dem leader and diplomat Lord Paddy Ashdown and actress Helen Lederer trace the stories of the war heroes in their families, and make some unexpected discoveries.
    Helen’s grandfather, Arnost Lederer, fled the Czech Republic before the war, to escape German anti-Semitism, but what happened to the family he left behind was unknown.
    Piecing together his story takes Helen on a journey to the dark heart of the Nazis’ Final Solution and she discovers how her family were used by the Nazis to deceive the Red Cross."

    (already available at http://www.channel5.com/shows/war-hero-in-my-family/episodes/episode-3-4...)

    For SCoJeC
    October 28, 2013
    MEMO 370 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_370_28_october_2013.pdf

    JBBC MEMO 46A

    tomorrow night (tuesday 28th), 11.25-11.45pm, on bbc 3 tv (freeview channel 7): Family Guy (episode 2, season 8):

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

    (not available on iplayer)

    JBBC MEMO 172

    this morning (thursday 30th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4
    from our own correspondent, including:

    "Andreas Gebauer finds parallels between Israel's security barrier and the Berlin wall which he first saw as a young boy."

    (if you missed it, available from 00:11:40 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ffkfn)


    suzanna

    Tue, 11/05/2013 - 17:14

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    "(October 29, 2013; St. Louis, Missouri, USA) The mayor’s office has announced that Veolia Water North America has withdrawn itself from consideration for a contract to consult with the St. Louis Water Division, following almost a year of public protest of the corporation over its egregious track record of contract failures, poor performance, environmental destruction, labor abuses, complicity in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights, and privatization of public resources."
    VICTORY! ST. LOUIS DUMPS VEOLIA!

    Multinational Withdraws from Contract Bidding Following 11 Months of City-Wide Opposition


    suzanna

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 16:46

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    happygoldfish

    Thu, 11/14/2013 - 14:44

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    suzanna: Another good reason to support BDS
    http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/campaigns/the-prawer-plan-act-now

    since the prawer plan (essentially a compulsory slum clearance scheme for tens of thousands of sedentary bedouin in the negev) is purely within israel

    suzanna and jvp ("jewish voices for peace"! ) are calling for a boycott (BDS) of israel that has nothing to do with ending the occupation

    JBBC MEMO 173

    yesterday evening (thursday 31st), 10.35-11.00pm, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80)
    hard talk: stephen sackur interviews israeli minister for intelligence yuval steinitz

    "HARDtalk travels to Jerusalem to speak to Yuval Steinitz, Israel's minister for intelligence affairs and international relations.
    There is an unmistakable sense of diplomatic apprehension in Israel right now - at the heart of it, a recognition that on a number of key issues, from Iran to peace talks with the Palestinians, the Israeli government is out of step with its key strategic ally - the United States.
    In strategic terms, can Israel afford to go it alone?"

    (if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03g01n8/HARDtalk_Yuval_Steinitz_Mi...)
    (also broadcast on bbc world service radio this morning at 9.05am, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01kb0bc )

    JBBC MEMO 174

    sunday afternooon (november 3rd), 1.15-1.45pm, on bbc 1:
    the story of the swastika (the hindu swastika: this programme will probably have very little jewish content)

    "In the week when Hindus celebrate the holy festival of Diwali, this documentary tells the story of one of their faith's most sacred symbols - the swastika.
    For many, the swastika has become a symbol synonymous with the Nazis and fascism. But this film reveals the fascinating and complex history of an emblem that is, in fact, a religious symbol, with a sacred past.
    For the almost one billion Hindus around the world, the swastika lies at the heart of religious practices and beliefs, as an emblem of benevolence, luck and good fortune."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03h8rt2/The_Story_of_the_Swastika/)

    JBBC MEMO 66B

    sunday evening (november 3rd), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9):
    searching for exile: truth or myth?:

    "Authored documentary by Ilan Ziv which sets out to explore the historical and archaeological evidence for the Exile of the Jews after their defeat in Jerusalem at the hands of the Roman Empire, and its relevance to today.
    Tracing the story of Exile from the contemporary commentator Josephus, to 1960s Israeli archaeologist Yigael Yadin, to the modern city of Rome and finally to the ruins of a Palestinian village, Ziv asks where the roots of this story lie and what evidence there is for it.
    At the centre of the film is the ancient town of Sepphoris (on whose ruins stood the Palestinian village of Saffuriya until 1948) and the lessons its multi-layered history may have to offer."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s51hb)
    this is a reworked version of the cancelled jerusalem: an archaeological mystery story, originally to be broadcast on 13th june 2013 (see here), and then described as …

    "The exile of the Jewish people has played a central role in Christian and Jewish theology for nearly 2,000 years, even being mentioned in Israel's national anthem and its declaration of independence.
    But what if the exile never actually happened?
    This documentary looks at new evidence that suggests the majority of the Jewish people may not have been exiled following the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
    Travelling from Galilee to Jerusalem and the catacombs of Rome, the film invites us to review and rethink our ideas around the exile, raising important ethical questions about its impact on present-day Middle Eastern issues along the way."
    A spokesman for the BBC today said they may show Mr Ziv’s programme in the future:

    ‘We originally acquired Jerusalem: An Archaeological Mystery Story to supplement BBC Four’s season exploring the history of archaeology,’ he said.
    ‘However, it was decided that it did not fit editorially so we did not show the programme as part of the season. Any future transmissions are under review.’

    (for details, see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316492/BBC-criticised-dropping-...)

    JBBC MEMO 175

    sunday evening (november 3rd), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9):
    searching for exile: the debate:

    "Ed Stourton chairs a discussion which examines the historical and archaeological evidence portrayed in the film Searching for Exile: Truth or Myth?
    A panel debates what this could mean for Judaism and what impact it could have for other religions."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03gq4qh)

    For SCoJeC
    November 4, 2013
    MEMO 371 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_371_4_november_2013.pdf

    JBBC MEMO 176

    yesterday afternoon (tuesday 5th), 1.05-2.00pm, on bbc world service radio:
    newshour: details of nazi-looted art revealed
    steve evans reports on the 1,406 paintings by toulouse-lautrec picasso dürer renoir chagall and others found in the munich apartment of the son of a wartime art dealer, investigated by tax authorities for "carting around large sums of money between germany and switzerland"
    includes interviews with us ambassador stuart eizenstat and chagall expert monica bohm-duchen
    (if you missed it, available from 0:00:35 - 0:14:00 and 0:48:55 - 0:52:40 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01khj7f)

    JBBC MEMO 177

    tonight (wednesday 6th), 11.35pm-1.00am, on bbc 1:
    Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)

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

    (not available on iplayer)

    JBBC MEMO 12A

    tomorrow evening (thursday 7th), 9.00-11.05pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9):
    Defiance (2008), starring Daniel Craig (see http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt1034303/):

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

    (not available on iplayer)

    JBBC MEMO 178

    this evening (thursday 7th), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 3:
    cutting tradition: male circumcision (essay 9 of 10 in the radio 3 free thinking festival)

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

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

    JBBC MEMO 179

    tomorrow evening (friday 8th), 7.15-7.45pm, on bbc radio 4:
    front row:

    "John Wilson talks to cellist Raphael Wallfisch and his mother Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a survivor of Auschwitz, as they mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht with a special concert."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ggrr1)

    JBBC MEMO 180

    last saturday morning (9th november), 8.35-8.42am, on bbc radio 4
    today: Mishal Husain interviews israeli finance minister yair lapid, and patrick cockburn of the independent, about iran's nuclear programme

    "What we need to talk about is the centrifuges: why is it that they need centrifuges if they don't want a nuclear programme to create weapons of mass destruction?"

    (if you missed it, available at 1:35:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03gthgf)

    JBBC MEMO 181

    last saturday morning (9th november), 8.44-8.49am, on bbc radio 4:
    today: ernest glanville, 88, born von gotthilf in vienna to catholics of jewish descent, tells how in 1938 the sa and ss took whatever paintings and jewellery they wanted, and in 2000 a painting by von kalckreuth on loan to the royal academy was returned to him
    (see also http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2000-03-14/news/0003140286_1_bavarian... and http://www.nytimes.com/2000/03/14/arts/heirs-regain-a-painting-taken-by-...)
    (if you missed it, available at 1:44:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03gthgf)

    JBBC MEMO 181

    last saturday morning (9th november), 11.24-11.30am, on bbc radio 4:
    from our own correspondent: bbc correspondent david mazower, of polish jewish origin, tells several stories of what his relatives, including menachem mendel spiro, lost in the holocaust, to contrast with those who lost expensive paintings

    "David Mazower on stories of remembrance and loss which emerge in the wake of that extraordinary discovery of a huge cache of looted artwork in Germany."

    (if you missed it, available at 0:23:45 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03gtk09)

    For SCoJeC
    November 11, 2013
    MEMO 372 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_372_11_november_2013.pdf

    JBBC MEMO 182

    tomorrow evening (tuesday 12th), 10.35pm-12.05, on bbc 1:
    broadway musicals: a jewish legacy (in the imagine… series)

    "Alan Yentob looks at the unique role Jews have played in creating the modern American musical, from Porgy and Bess to West Side Story and Cabaret."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03j11q6/imagine..._Winter_2013_Bro...)

    JBBC MEMO 183

    tomorrow evening (friday 15th), 7.55-8.00pm, on channel 4 tv:
    4thought: how has austerity changed britain’s spirituality?
    "anglo-irish jewess", lawyer heather fletcher of manchester, completely shocked after seeing a single swastika daubed on prestwich metro station, believes that there's a lot of undercover antisemitism, and that "austerity measures have destroyed the spirituality of british people and made them resentful towards their jewish neighbours"
    (already available at http://www.4thought.tv/themes/how-has-austerity-changed-britain%E2%80%99...)

    StevenKalka

    Thu, 11/14/2013 - 18:04

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    "austerity measures have destroyed the spirituality of british people and made them resentful towards their jewish neighbours"

    Those who accept you only during good times are just fair weather friends. Austerity is an unfortunate way of gauging who your true friends are. That's my response to Heather Fletcher.


    Chaim Pesach

    Fri, 11/29/2013 - 19:21

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    I wonder whether the jock Jews like it that you piggyback on their posts.

    Or maybe ScoJec don't care coz you are one of the kilted ones. Perhaps even one of the top Jocks.

    Och ae the nu, already, so soon.


    happygoldfish

    Mon, 12/02/2013 - 09:25

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    JBBC MEMO 184

    last saturday morning (16th november), 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
    from our own correspondent, including:

    "Nicholas Wade travels to Jerusalem to hear people's views about the latest attempts to reach a Middle East peace settlement"

    (if you missed it, available from 0:12:25 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03hmh3m)

    For SCoJeC
    November 18, 2013
    MEMO 373 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_373_18_november_2013.pdf

    JBBC MEMO 185

    this afternoon (tuesday 19th), 4.00-4.30pm, on bbc radio 4
    spin the globe: 1066 includes the massacre of several thousand jews in granada

    "Michael Scott continues his new series which takes famous dates in British History and finds out what was happening at the same time in other corners of the world. It's an attempt to break out of the modular way in which historic dates are traditionally drummed into children as well as connecting previously diverse events in cultural, political and economic history all over the globe.
    In programme two, we look at 1066. … in Spain, a brutual massacre takes place with a clash of Muslim and Jewish politics …"

    (see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1066_Granada_massacre)
    (if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03hvx6p)

    JBBC MEMO 186

    tomorrow evening (wednesday 20th), 9.00-10.00pm, on channel 5
    Nazi Quest For The Holy Grail
    this programme has almost nothing to do with the holy grail
    it is primarily about nazi aryan ideology, the genocide of the languedoc cathars in the 1209 cathar crusade, and the auschwitz prisoners killed for the "jewish skeleton collection" at Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp in 1944
    (already available at
    http://www.channel5.com/shows/nazi-quest-for-the-holy-grail)

    JBBC MEMO 187

    tomorrow evening (thursday 21st), 9.00-10.00pm, on channel 5
    Children of The Master Race

    "Two weeks after the start of the Second World War, Himmler issued a secret order to the SS, telling them to fulfil their ‘sacred duty to the Reich’ – they were to father its next generation. It was an order for SS officers to have sex with women left at home while their husbands were away fighting.
    The Lebensborn homes were under the direct control of the SS. Babies born within them were taken into the SS ‘brotherhood’ in a bizarre Nazi baptism ritual complete with swastikas, a bust of Hitler and SS daggers
    .
    To strengthen this next generation of the master race, Himmler also ordered the kidnapping of up to half a million Aryan-looking babies and children from countries that the Nazis overran. Children were examined by SS doctors to assess their racial ‘value’: those who passed the tests were snatched from their families and sent to Lebensborn.
    All trace of their original identities was destroyed and they were brought up as Germans. Children who resisted this ‘Germanisation’ were enslaved in forced labour camps. But children born in Lebensborn with mental handicaps suffered an even worse fate – they were sent to a secret unit to be killed.
    With unprecedented access to newly released Nazi files and illustrated with extraordinary photographs from the period, this film follows three Lebensborn children as they piece together their remarkable and harrowing stories."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.channel5.com/shows/children-of-the-master-race/episodes/child...)

    JART MEMO 1

    for no particular reason, here's a link to adam partridge auctioneers where you can see all 50 pages of the 1726 viennese vellum haggadah being auctioned in macclesfield this friday (22nd november)
    (click image for larger image, then click again for larger still)
    "slight food and wine staining throughout!"

    "A rare and important 18th century Passover Seder Haggadah, written and illuminated on vellum by Aaron Wolff Shreiber Herlingen of Gewitsch, Pressberg, 5486 [1726 CE]. The pictorial title border depicts Aaron and Moses and is inscribed in Hebrew 'Written by Aaron son of Benjamin Wolff 1726 for Mendel Oppenheimer. This Aaron was a friend of Moses Mendelsohn'.
    Original Viennese red-dyed vellum binding over pasteboard, 20-leaf, each 242mm x 162mm, containing 45 coloured vignettes of 27mm x 45mm and 11 coloured vignettes of 77mm x 120mm. Slight food and wine staining throughout.
    It is thought that the manuscript was commissioned to mark the birth of Emanuel Mendel Oppenheimer (1726-80), the first child of Samuel Emanuel Oppenheimer of Vienna and a close descendant of the great banker and imperial court diplomat Samuel Oppenheimer (1630-1703).
    Provenance: This was inherited by the current vendor in 2007. It has been in the family for over 100 years.
    Aaron Wolff Herlingen was active 1721-1755 and held the position of official scribe at the Imperial Library in Vienna."

    JBBC MEMO 188

    yesterday evening (thursday 21st), 9.00-10.30pm, on bbc 2
    an adventure in space and time
    90-minute drama: the first 60 minutes about waris hussein and verity lambert "here's to us: the posh wog and the pushy jewish bird" being chosen by sydney newman, the jewish canadian head of bbc drama (ex-itv: the avengers, etc) to direct and produce the new doctor who series: "they've never had a female producer here, i want you to do it"

    "A special one-off drama that travels back to 1963 to see how Doctor Who was first brought to the screen. Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry's glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama. Allied with a team of unusual but brilliant people, they went on to create the longest running science fiction series ever made.
    Followed by William Hartnell: The Original, a five-minute documentary looking at how William Hartnell shaped the Doctor and his legacy. Featuring rare archive footage and new interviews with many who worked with him, including Carole Ann Ford, Peter Purves and Waris Hussein as well as Matt Smith, Peter Davison and Hartnell's granddaughter, Jessica Carney."

    (if you missed it, available athttp://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01kqt9x/An_Adventure_in_Space_and_Time/)

    JBBC MEMO 189

    sunday morning (24th november), 11.15am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
    desert island discs with ed milliband
    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03j8srb)

    JBBC MEMO 190

    sunday evening (24th november), 9.00-10.00pm, on channel 5
    Hitler's 9/11

    "This documentary explores how Adolf Hitler’s wartime strategists planned to launch attacks on the USA. The most daring of these plans involved German fighter planes crashing into Manhattan's skyscrapers as living bombs in an attempt to psychologically destabilise the American superpower.
    Aware of skyscrapers’ enormous symbolic significance, Hitler was convinced that suicide bombing would have a devastating impact on American morale. With this plan, the Nazi regime hoped to turn the tide of the war. Contemporary witnesses, archive material and original plans show how this deadly fantasy and its monstrous product, the ‘Amerika Bomber’, became a collective and indiscriminate desire for destruction.
    In 1937, Hitler was preparing for what became the Second World War by exploring possible tactics. In Augsburg at the huge aircraft factory, Hitler was shown around by owner Willy Messerschmitt, who revealed to the Führer plans for new aircraft, including a mock-up of a huge long-range bomber with the potential to attack America."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.channel5.com/shows/hitlers-911)

    JBBC MEMO 191

    early monday morning (25th november), 12.15-1.15am, on channel 5 (repeated 12.05am next tuesday, 3rd december)
    7 Days That Made The Fuhrer

    "This film unpicks the most momentous days of Hitler’s early life, each of which had a profound influence on his mental make-up. It begins with a look at the period when his ambitions to be an artist were crushed after he was rejected from an art academy. This set in motion a chain of events that led to further personal tragedies and triumphs as he became swept up in world events that seemed to be completely out of his control.
    The investigation ends with his invasion of Austria in 1938 – the moment that his plans for world domination began to be realised. Charting Hitler’s pre-WWII history, the film shows how, in the space of three decades, he turned from a rudderless dreamer into the leader of the most powerful country in Europe, poised to begin World War II.
    Interviews with a variety of experts from clinical psychologists to speech analysts give a unique and sometimes uncomfortable insight into Hitler’s inner world. As each of these pivotal moments unfolds, the experts illuminate precisely how it affected him and what the consequences were.
    The picture that emerges is that no single event made Hitler into the deranged despot he became, but that his transformation was due to a combination of many different factors, from his own twisted psychology and determination to his ability to take advantage of a situation and just plain luck.
    The film gets under Hitler’s skin to expose the seven most influential days of his life. It reveals how these seven days created the perfect personal storm which would create the Führer, the man who would lead the world into the most devastating war in history."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.channel5.com/shows/7-days-that-made-the-fuhrer)

    For SCoJeC
    November 25, 2013
    MEMO 374 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_374_25_november_2013.pdf

    JBBC MEMO 192

    this evening (monday 25th), 10.00-11.40pm, on channel 5
    the cave: hiding from the nazis:

    "Documentary about five Jewish families who descended into a pitch black cave in southern Ukraine to escape the Nazis in 1941, remaining there for nearly 18 months."
    "This programme tells the amazing story of the longest recorded underground survival in history.
    After nearly a year and a half underground, the cave dwellers emerged in tattered clothes, blinded by a sun that some of the children had forgotten existed. This programme follows four of those young heroes, now in their 70s and 80s, as they travel back to the Ukraine with their grandchildren to re-enter the cave for the first time in more than 60 years.
    In what is now known as Priest’s Grotto, the families created a refuge in a dangerously hostile environment. They were led by family matriarch Esther Stermer, whose fierce resolve kept the underground community intact. The teenage boys and the young men of the underground community put their lives on the line every time they had to venture out to gather firewood and collect food and essential supplies.
    What they accomplished was remarkable. Every single person, from grandparents to a one-year-old baby, emerged alive. This remarkable story is told using a combination of archive footage and a dramatic re-creation of what life was like for the subterranean survivors. It is an amazing story of triumph in the face of the most unbelievable odds."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.channel5.com/shows/the-cave-hiding-from-the-nazis/episodes/th...)

    JBBC MEMO 193

    tomorrow evening (tuesday 26th), 10.35-11.35pm, on bbc 1
    imagine … judith kerr:

    "imagine... tells the story of Judith Kerr, creator of some of our best-loved children's books, including Mog and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Now 90, she still runs up stairs to work all day in her studio.
    Born in Berlin, she was forced to flee Germany aged nine as her father, a writer, was an outspoken opponent of the Nazis. Her children's novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit tells their story and is now a set text in German schools.
    With Alan Yentob, she revisits Berlin and takes tea in the London kitchen to which that tiger came. With Lauren Child, Michael Morpurgo and Michael Rosen."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03k09ch/imagine..._Winter_2013_Hit...)
    (she was also interviewed, by phil tufnell, on the one show on bbc1 last friday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03hvj70/The_One_Show_22_11_2013/)

    JBBC MEMO 194

    tomorrow evening (wednesday 27th), 9.00-10.30pm, on channel 5 (repeated 11.45pm next sunday, 1st december)
    treblinka: inside hitler's secret death camp

    "This revealing documentary follows a team of British archaeologists who have been granted unprecedented access to excavate and investigate one of Hitler’s most notorious extermination camps, 50 years after it was dismantled.
    Between 1942 and 1943, the Nazis murdered more than 800,000 people at Treblinka in north east Poland, brutally exploiting many more as slave labour.
    Today no visible traces of those atrocities remain. The Nazis dismantled the camp in 1943 in an attempt to conceal what had happened there.
    In the summer of 2013, British archaeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls led a team that carried out the first ever comprehensive forensic investigation of the camp’s remains. Her goal was to piece together the grim mechanics of industrialised slaughter that were used there, using a combination of forensic detective work, aerial surveys and, for the first time, archaeological digs.
    This film follows Caroline and the team as they get to work at Treblinka, uncovering the location and remains of the camp and detailing its key structures, including the processing rooms, gas chambers and burial pits. Drawing on testimony from one of the last survivors of the camp and newly-discovered documentary sources, the programme provides a new, visceral and compelling narrative of one of the darkest chapters in human history."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.channel5.com/shows/treblinka-inside-hitlers-secret-death-camp)

    JBBC MEMO 30A

    tomorrow night (friday 29th), 11.50pm-12.15, on bbc 3 tv (freeview channel 7)
    american dad! bar mitzvah shuffle

    Cartoon adventures of a CIA agent. Steve decides to spoil the Bar Mitzvah of an obnoxious boy who makes a pass at his girlfriend. Contains adult humour.

    (not available on iplayer)

    JBBC MEMO 195

    this saturday (30th november), 9.00-10.55pm, on channel 5
    the bible: beginnings produced by roma downey and mark burnett (1st of 5 episodes, broadcast earlier this year on foxtv)

    "This episode starts at the very beginning, with Noah telling his children the stories of the Creation, the fall from the Garden of Eden and Cain's killing of his brother Abel, as they weather an almighty storm on board their wooden ark. God has sent a global flood to cleanse humanity and offer a new beginning.
    Years later, Noah's descendant Abraham receives a message from God and sets out to find the promised land. There is not enough fertile land to support his whole tribe, however, and his nephew Lot decides to leave to make a new life for his family in Sodom. When God sends two of his angels to destroy the city of sin, only a heartfelt intercession by Abraham saves Lot's family.
    There is still no sign of the innumerable offspring that God promised Abraham, so his barren wife Sarah encourages him to father a child, Ishmael, with their servant girl Hagar. Years later, Ishmael is the apple of his father's eye when a miracle happens. Sarah gives birth to a son, Isaac, and forces Abraham to choose between his children.
    Hagar and Ishmael are sent into the wilderness, but God asks for one final, terrible test of Abraham's faith. Many years later, the descendants of Isaac's son Jacob (renamed Israel by God) have been driven by famine to leave the promised land and are now slaves in Egypt.However, one young Israelite is not a slave. The foundling Moses is living as a member of the Egyptian royal house hold until young Ramesses taunts him about his origins during a fight. Moses retreats to the wilderness until God commands him to free his people.
    Moses returns to Egypt and demands: "Let my people go!" but the Pharaoh refuses, triggering a succession of devastating plagues sent from God. When the Pharaoh's first-born son dies in the tenth plague, the Israelites are freed but the Pharaoh later changes his mind. Pursued by hundreds of chariots, they arrive at the edge of the Red Sea and only a miracle saves them. The promised land awaits, but God has not yet finished with Moses. The Ten Commandments will give the Israelites a code to live by."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.channel5.com/shows/the-bible/episodes/beginnings)

    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 196

    this afternoon (monday 2nd), 4.00-4.30pm, on bbc radio 4
    hitler's favourite cowboy

    "At the end of the nineteenth century, Karl May was in the process of selling more books than any other German in history - his 80 plus works have now totalled approaching 200 million copies.
    The most popular feature the character Old Shatterhand - a greenhorn German (supposedly based on May himself) freshly arrived in the Wild West - and his friendship with the Apache chief Winnetou.
    Among those gripped by the stories was the future leader of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler, who from the point he first discovered them as a thirteen year old boy continually turned to them in his darkest hours - even to the point of sending copies to his field-generals to embolden them and offer fresh tactical tips.
    Joe Queenan heads to Germany to find out why May - who became a pacifist - was so appealing to Hitler, and also why such a popular figure in German life and letters remains virtually unknown in English speaking countries. Along the way he discovers that May's own story was every bit as interesting and fantastical as the Western tales he wrote."

    (if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03jz22h/)

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