Discovery Channel to shed new light on old fight

Discovery Channel is promising that its latest exploration of the Arab-Israeli conflict goes behind the rhetoric to examine the roots of this ancient conflict.

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By  Richard Brown Published  June 5, 2002

The three-hour special ‘Behind the Hatred’ premieres Friday, June 14 and traces the conflict's history from the first Israeli settlers who emigrated to Palestine to the peace initiative recently proposed by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah.

Co-produced with BBC News, New York Times Television and NBC News, the programme is being promoted as offering a fresh perspective on the history, politics and social issues behind the conflict, including suicide bombings. Also featured is New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who will provide commentary throughout the three programs.

Clark Bunting, executive vice president and general manager of Discovery Channel, remarks: "Behind the Hatred seeks to provide viewers with a better understanding and more nuanced explanation of extremely complicated current events.”

Among those providing their insights for the programme are Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestinian Authority; Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian negotiator; Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council; Prince Hassan of Jordan; former US President Jimmy Carter; and Ehud Barak, former Prime Minister of Israel.

Discovery Channel is one of the two largest cable television networks in the US, serving 86 million households.

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