Posts Tagged ‘tv’
Reya’s half Arab, half Jewish. Her parents fell in love across the Middle East divide, but she’s grown up in Britain. So what happens when she goes to Israel and the Palestinian territories for the first time?
Read Reya’s blog: Reya El-Salahi: Mixed Up in the Middle East
9pm Monday 14 November 2011 BBC Three Repeated 1.05am Tue / 4am Wed
BBC Press Office:
This is a journey of understanding for the BBC Three audience as Reya gets to meet people from both sides of the divide – whose shattered lives are the fallout from the conflict. Spending time with her own cousins, she’ll reveal how everyday life for them has been made shockingly different – often very dangerous – by the long-running hostilities they were born into. It’s a world away from the life she knows but one all too familiar for her ancestors. She’ll explore what the two sides have in common, as well as what divides them; and explore the prospects for peace as the Arab world undergoes its most radical change for generations.
Don’t miss this eye opening documentary on Channel 4 tomorrow night!
Unreported World meets members of the Palestinian Paralympic team hoping to qualify for London 2012. They find athletes struggling to train in the conflict zone. In a territory where those who die fighting the Israelis are considered the true heroes, the Paralympic team goes completely unrecognised by its own people – read more…
Palestinian atheletes have one 3 medals at previous paralympics:
- Bronze – Husam Azzam – 2000 Sydney – Shot put
- Silver – Husam Azzam – 2004 Athens – Shot put
- Bronze – Mohammed Fannouna – 2004 Athens – Long jump
A moving and informative documentary shown on S4C (Welsh language Channel 4) over Christmas.
Byd Pawb: Nol i Fethlehem (Back to Bethlehem)
A powerful documentary follows a Welsh family as they return to Bethlehem, Palestine in the Middle East. We follow Susan, 48, Tony Diek, 49 and their children Adam, 27 and Natalie, 24 as they travelled from Porthmadog, Gwynedd to Bethlehem to meet their relatives for the first time since fleeing the Palestinian West Bank 15 years ago.The programme provides one family’s unique Welsh perspective on an international conflict, and reminds us at Christmas that it continues to divide families in Bethlehem.
Susan was born and bred in Porthmadog but went to live and work in Palestine 30 years ago where she met and married Tony Diek. Tony is a Christian Palestinian but he, along with Susan and their two children, has a British passport and is an UK citizen living in a truly international home where three languages are spoken – Welsh, Arabic and English.
Trouble in Bethlehem
The Dieks knew that things had deteriorated in Bethlehem and the West Bank since they fled in 1996, with the iron and concrete wall being built by Israel around the West Bank. But nothing quite prepared them or the film crew for what they would witness. While the wall has reduced the number of Palestinian terrorist attacks on Israel by 90%, the Dieks were shocked to see how it has affected everyday life in Palestine.
“We were treated terribly – we all had British passports but that counted for nothing in the eyes of the Israelis. As Tony had been born there, he was a Palestinian in their eyes,” said Susan.
Tony has two brothers in Bethlehem and a sister who lives beyond the wall in Jerusalem, Israel. But Tony was refused permission to travel to her home without a Palestinian ID. Susan and the children had to make the difficult journey through the checkpoints to Jerusalem without him. Jerusalem, a city important to Jews, Palestinians and Christians, is the focal point of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. “We had also hoped to go together to the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem where we were married 30 years ago. But because of the difficulties Tony wasn’t able to come with us and yet again, 15 years on, events had separated us as a family.”
It was an emotional experience for all of them to see their family and friends once again – and realise how difficult life is for all the people living in the shadow of a wall which will encircle the West Bank once it’s completed
- WATCH ONLINE… (in Welsh/English/Arabic with English subtitles)
- Read a review from the Caernarfon and Denbigh Herald: Emotional journey to holy land for Porthmadog family
- Daily Post: Welsh couple stopped from returning to Bethlehem
- Western Mail: Bethlehem … the people feel as if they’re in jail
- BBC, 2002: Relatives’ fear over Middle East war
“A woman from Huddersfield has been speaking today of her determination to return to Palestine to complete the aid mission she never completed. Paveen Yaqoob was on board the ship stormed by Israelii troops back in May. She now vows to continue humanitarain work in memory of her nineteen year old friend who was among the nine Turkish people killed.” — ITV Yorkshire Regional News, Sat 31 July ’10
In the clip, Paveen can be seen reading the recently published report from IHH about the Freedom Flotilla. Download here…
[Thanks to Jim for sending the video link]
Lemon Tree on Film 4 FRIDAY 1AM!
The Israeli Defense Minister Israel Navon moves to a house on the border between Israel and the West Bank, with the building sitting on the Israeli side just next to the dividing line. The Israeli Secret Service views the neighboring lemon grove of Salma Zidane, a Palestinian widow whose family has cared for the area for generations, as a threat to the Minister and his wife. The security forces soon set up a guard post and a barbed wire fence around the grove. They then obtain an order to uproot the lemon trees. [Wiki]
Film4 is on Sky ch.315, Freeview ch15, Freesat ch300 and online via TVCatchup
WATCH: 8pm Monday March 15, 2010
UPDATE The Independent: Children of Gaza: Scarred, trapped, vengeful
In December 2008, the Israeli Defence Force unleashed a campaign to destroy the ability of Hamas to launch rockets and mortars into Israel. Around 300 children were amongst the 1,300 Palestinians that were killed.
After the ceasefire, BAFTA-winning filmmaker Jezza Neumann arrived in Gaza to follow the lives of three children over a year.
Surrounded by the remnants of the demolished Gaza Strip and increasingly isolated by the blockade that prevents anyone from rebuilding their homes and their lives, Children of Gaza is a shocking, touching and uniquely intimate reflection on extraordinary courage in the face of great adversity.
Repeated 4.15am Sunday March 21, 2010
Dispatches investigates one of the most powerful and influential political lobbies in Britain, which is working in support of the interests of the State of Israel.
Despite wielding great influence among the highest realms of British politics and media, little is known about the individuals and groups which collectively are known as the pro-Israel lobby.
Political commentator Peter Oborne sets out to establish who they are, how they are funded, how they work and what influence they have, from the key groups to the wealthy individuals who help bankroll the lobbying.
He investigates how accountable, transparent and open to scrutiny the lobby is, particularly in regard to its funding and financial support of MPs.
The pro-Israel lobby aims to shape the debate about Britain’s relationship with Israel and future foreign policies relating to it.
Oborne examines how the lobby operates from within parliament and the tactics it employs behind the scenes when engaging with print and broadcast media.