This International Dateline episode includes five segments: An Eye For An Eye, Dr. Amaal Saad-Ghorayeb, Corporel Shalit's Father, Prince Hassan Interview, and Dutch Detention.
An Eye For An Eye
Dateline's Thom Cookes has been in the Middle East, and this report comes from the city of Haifa, with his on-the-spot assessment of how things have gone so bad.
Dr. Amaal Saad-Ghorayeb
As if Iraq and Afghanistan weren't enough, now more death and destruction in the Middle East itself with innocent civilians on both sides, including kids, bearing the brunt. In this eye-for-an-eye contest, Israel has sent in the troops and says it will keep up its bombardment of Lebanon, destroying much of the country in the process, while Hezbollah is showing no sign of letting up on their rocket attacks into northern Israel. A short time ago, George Negus spoke with Dr. Amaal Saad-Ghorayeb. A professor at the Lebanese American University, she is regarded as an expert on Hezbollah.
Corporel Shalit's Father
At the height of the fighting, Thom Cookes travelled to the village of Hila in northern Israel. Hila's the home of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held by Hamas fighters in Gaza. This banner reads, "Gilad, we're waiting for you." Corporal Shalit's father, Naom, agreed to talk with Thom about the Israeli efforts to release his son, as war swirls around him.
Prince Hassan Interview
Is there any possibility of a cessation in the violence and fighting? Dateline's George Negus spoke with Jordan's Crown Prince Hassan for his perspective on the recent crisis.
Early in the 19th century, an old hulk moored in Sydney Harbor was used to house the new colony's prisoners. The floating prison was a British invention meant to save money and serve as a harsh lesson to those who broke the law. But now, prison hulks are making a 21st century comeback in the heart of Europe as a way of holding unwanted immigrants. Dateline's Nick Lazaredes reports from the Netherlands.
About International Dateline
SBS Dateline, which began in 1984, is Australia's longest-running international current affairs program. It has a well-earned reputation for authoritative and incisive reporting. Dateline has taken the traditional way of producing TV current affairs and turned it on its head. Reporters who used to travel with a cameraperson and sound recordist now travel alone and have the responsibility of both filming and reporting their stories. The reporters became video-journalists, gaining access to people and places that the conventional camera crews cannot.