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What are Israel's latest settlement plans?

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Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday at 4:52, 6:22, and 7:52 universal time. You’ll hear the winners' names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day,” quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music, so tune in every Saturday!

Hot news! The RFI Listeners Club is going strong! As a member of the RFI Listeners Club, you’ll receive extra goodies when you win a quiz – so join today! All you have to do to become a member of the RFI Listeners Club is to send us two identity photographs, your full name, your postal mailing address, and if you have one, your email address.

Your official RFI Listeners Club membership card and number will be sent to you by my good colleague Sébastien Bonijol in the Listener Relations department. Every time you enter a quiz, include your membership number – and if you win, you’ll find an extra special present in your mailbox. So don’t put it off – send your photos and mailing address to Sébastien today!

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RFI – Relations Auditeurs
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Nota bene: The RFI Listeners Club used to be called “Club 9516”. So if you are a member of the “Club 9516”, you are already a member of the RFI Listeners Club. Your “Club 9516” membership number still works – no need to reapply. Just include your membership number on your quiz entries.

Look at that beautiful link to the Sound Kitchen Listeners Cookbook! It actually happened! I’m very happy about it, and I hope you enjoy looking at it – and trying out some recipes. Please feel free to send in any comments you have, and we would love it if you’d send in photos – of you, and your completed dish. Don’t hesitate to use the “zoom” tool on countries where there are a lot of forks; that will separate them so you can read the titles easier. Click on the title, and the recipe will appear.

Also, if you are interested in corresponding with other Sound Kitchen listeners, let me know. I’ll figure out a way to get you together.

Today’s question was read on 8 December, right after the UN landslide vote to grant Palestine “non-member observer status”. The next day, Israel announced it would move ahead with building 3,000 additional housing units in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The settlements are considered illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon earlier warned that these plans would have to be rescinded.

My question to you was: where exactly are these new houses to be built? And why is this particular area so important, so sensitive?

The answer is: the new houses are to be built in what is called the E1 area – it’s between Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim. The building plans are strongly opposed by Palestinians, who say such development will prevent the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state.

The winners this week are: Abdul Ghaffar Shaikh, from Karachi, Pakistan; Yahya Badjie from Banjul, The Gambia, and three RFI Listeners Club members: Mr Hans Verner Lollike from Hedehusene, Denmark, Mr Muhammad Shamim S from Kerala State, India, and Fr Stephen Wara, from Bamenda, Cameroon.

Congratulations, winners!

This week’s question is about China. At the beginning of this week, over 100 journalists from one of the country’s most respected newspapers went on strike in a rare protest against censorship. Details are sketchy but it seems that, at this writing, the strike is over and that an agreement was reached between the government and the newspaper because it did publish a new issue. Big news, you know – it’s thought this is the first time there has been a direct showdown between a Chinese newspaper’s staff and party officials.

My question to you is: What is the name of the newspaper and what happened to provoke the strike? Send me the name of the Chinese newspaper whose journalists went on strike at the beginning of this week and why they went on strike.

Get your answer in by 4 February and tune in on 9 February to see if you are one of the lucky winners. As always, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, your RFI Listeners Club membership number if you have one, and be sure and tell me if you are a Mr or a Mrs or a Ms or a Miss – I don’t want to get it wrong!

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Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
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I look forward to hearing from you soon!

All the best,


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