Podcast 22: Urgent Actions and Dangerous Dynamics

Yahav Zohar, an Israeli activist from Jerusalem, came into the Radio Salaam Shalom studio to tell us about the actions he takes to help bring about an end to the occupation.

Yahav Zohar goes on demonstrations against the separation fence and land appropriations, volunteers with Rabbis for Human Rights accompanying farmers to land which settlers would not let them farm, gives political tours with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and is a member of the Jerusalem-Ramallah group of Combatants for Peace, a joint Palestinian Israeli political-activist group working both within the societies and directly against the occupation.

He came to tell us of the dangerous dynamic in Israel and the urgency of political action.

Podcast 21: Roots of Hatred – Part 2

In the latest of our ‘Roots of Hatred’ series, RSS presenters Valerie Emmott, Danyal Laskar and Madge Dresser continue their look at some small starts to big problems.

With the recent rise of the far-right in the UK and European elections, what’s the uneasy balance between democracy, free speech and hate speech? Does this say anything about intolerances and scapegoats in our modern world? How far back does Islamophobia go? Did anti-Semitism start in similar ways? What’s the story of the Saracen’s Head? How does a piece of ceramics found in a 21st century city centre development reveal the respect earned by Muslim leader Saladin in 12th century Bristol?

With more on the links between the Crusades and how we live now, it’s worth taking a close look at what ‘Crusade’ actually means. Madge speaks to Dr Peter Fleming, a specialist in Middle Ages Europe at the University of the West of England. She also talks to Gail Boyle, archaeologist at Bristol City Museums, about a surprising legacy of the new Colston Hall development.

It’s not all talk on the podcast. There’s also some amazing music, including a song that was ‘top of the charts’ back in the 12th Century! The Early Music Consort performs one of fewer than 200 pieces of medieval music that survive: “Chevalier, Mult Estes Guariz” from the time of the 2nd Crusade. Translation available here so put that on your – er – ‘knight’pod.

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With the recent rise of the far-right in the UK and European elections, what’s the uneasy balance between democracy, free speech and hate speech? Does this say anything about intolerances and scapegoats in our modern world? How far back does Islamophobia go? Did anti-Semitism start in similar ways? What’s the story of the Saracen’s Head? How does a piece of ceramics found in a 21st century city centre development reveal the respect earned by Muslim leader Saladin in 12th century Bristol?

Podcast 20: Climate Change with Lisa and Shabana

This podcast is presented by volunteers Lisa Saffron and Shabana Kausur, who are joined in the Radio Salaam Shalom studio with two climate change campaigners to talk about – but what else?… What can we do to save the planet?

Along for the show’s eco-friendly ride were Christian Aid campaigner Adam Gardner, joined by the Loughborough Student Union’s Ethical and Environmental Development Officer Sarah Ettlinger. Sarah also campaigned for the environmental group People and Planet.

Podcast 19 SPECIAL FEATURE: Jews in Bristol – the book

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A ‘Special Feature’ presented by volunteer presenters Lisa Saffron and Madge Dresser.

Today in Bristol, there’s a Muslim population of around 30 000, most of them relatively recent arrivals to the city, having arrived over the last 50 years. This compares to a considerably smaller Jewish community of something around 1 000 alongside them in a city which is home to two synagogues and around a dozen mosques . (Click on these links for online tours of some of these local buildings from the local BBC website).

Not many people know the history of these communities here and very few realise that there’s a millenium’s worth of Jewish presence on the banks of the Avon River.

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