Unsurprisingly the first show of 2009 is dominated by Israel/Gaza:
Sunday, 8 February, 2009
Dateline’s producer in the Gaza Strip, Raed Al Atamna, knows all about Israel’s iron fist.
His house was reduced to rubble by a missile soon after Israeli forces pushed into Gaza in the recent war.
Raed’s moving story forms part of a gripping, blow-by-blow account of the conflict, reported by Dateline’s Evan Williams. While compiling the story, Evan came under fire from Hamas rockets as they rained down on Israel’s border towns.
Israel prevented journalists from entering the sealed off zone during the war and Raed was risking his life gathering footage for Dateline’s first program in 2009. Luckily, no one was killed in the missile strike but sixty members of his extended family are now homeless.
Sitting in the rubble of his home Raed asks “why does Israel do this? Israel claims they hit the Hamas resistance but no they don’t. They are hitting the whole Palestinian community. Imagine sixty people living in the cold without any shelter…”
Raed is no stranger to calamity. In 2006, an Israeli artillery shell slammed into another house he owned killing seventeen of his relatives.
See it all on Dateline's first show of 2009 at a new time of Sunday 8th of February, at 8:30pm.
There will also be an interview with Israeli President Shimon Peres. George will present the show from Jerusalem.
Dateline has been a TV highlight of mine for years, always thought-provoking, fascinating reports from all over the world on a vast selection of issues. I hope it's around for another 25 years.