Airing the future.
Television history was made in the Middle East during the summer
when a documentary exploring solutions to the Palestinian-Israeli
conflict was aired in Hebrew and Arabic on Israeli and Palestinian
stations. It also was broadcast to the Arabic-speaking world on the Abu
Dhabi satellite channel. The Shape of the Future, a four-part series
developed by the conflict resolution group Search for Common Ground,
featured rabbis, Palestinian religious leaders, and political analysts
from both sides. "As a longtime supporter of Search for Common
Ground's work, I am delighted that Abu Dhabi TV is airing this
series," James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute,
told Sojourners. "This is not surprising, however, since ADTV has
consistently demonstrated that it is committed to presenting
forward-thinking programs to its Arab viewers." The series focused
on the future, not the past. It does not include scenes of violence or
historical footage, said producers.