BBC documentary - Israel treating Syrians

Hear Tim's BBC Radio 4 documentary about the Israeli hospital treating wounded Syrians...

Tim Samuels' Sleepover: Inside the Israeli Hospital


Tim Samuels spends twenty-four hours immersed in an extraordinary medical scene - Israeli doctors tending to Syrians who have been smuggled over the border for life-saving treatment into a country Syria istechnically still at war with.

In the Ziv hospital in the northern Israeli town of Safed, Tim follows two doctors on their rounds as they treat Syrians - both civilians and fighters - who have been seriously wounded in their country's civil war. Unable to get proper medical attention at home, they are amongst several thousand Syrians who have headed to the border and into Israel for treatment. Tim meets a Syrian man shot during conflict; once his leg has been repaired he intends to head back to rejoin the fight.

On the children's ward, a mother who has brought her son for treatment describes how her trip to Israel must remain a secret - or she fears she could be killed when they return. On the Syrian border, Tim sees two badly wounded fighters smuggled into Israel by the IDF as they are rushed to Ziv for emergency attention. 

In the hospital - staffed by Jewish, Muslim and Druze medics - the doctors talk about the psychological toll of treating the war wounded. A hospital social worker describes waking up repeatedly through the night at home to check that his young son wasn't injured. The doctors at Ziv say they hope their work is at least a sliver of humanity in a dark region.

Tim explores what motivations might underpin Israel's assistance to those coming from enemy territory - and how such an unusual situation, even by Middle Eastern standards, has come about.

The Drone Kill List - on NatGeo channel

On the National Geographic channel... What's it like to be on the drone kill list - of targeted assassinations? Tim Samuels has been to Pakistan to meet a guy the US has fired 3 drones at who says he's innocent - and try to get some sense in DC. See an excerpt here, with Tim talking to a former US military officer:


Tim picks favourite novel line on Mr Hyde

From Shortlist's Mr Hyde site:

We asked five brilliant writers to tell us about the last thing they highlighted (electronically or otherwise) while reading a book

Tim Samuels

“Neil was the kind of coiled person who, when you met him, you had a hunch that something interesting could happen to, and you wanted to know him long enough to find out what it might be.” (From The Faithful Couple by AD Miller)

And there Miller lays the foundations for a taut, unnervingly incisive exploration of male friendship, moral ambiguity and betrayal that plays out across decades. The friendship between young men – where competition and power dynamics simmer – is one of the hardest emotions to capture, but Miller knocks it out of the park.
Tim is the author of Who Stole My Spear? How to be a Man in the 21st Century published by Century