by Lisa McGarry


Sky1 today announced details of ROSS KEMP IN THE MIDDLE EAST at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival. A two-part documentary looking into the political situation in Israel and Gaza.

Following the success of his BAFTA-nominated report on the violence following Kenya’s disputed election, ROSS KEMP travels to Israel and Gaza to explore a conflict which defines our world yet remains largely misunderstood. With unprecedented access to all sides, the two-part series will offer incredible insight into life under military occupation and living under the threat of terrorist attack. It also explores the mindset of the men behind the violence, and highlights the experiences of those trapped in the middle.

The Middle East has been the centre of one of the world’s most bitter conflicts, one that has cost tens of thousands of lives and forced millions to live in fear and misery. For more than half a century the world’s leaders have tried to forge a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, yet today the prospects are as remote as ever.

This is a dispute which affects us directly, creating resentments in our cities and fuelling acts of diabolical violence from London and New York to Baghdad and Bali. “Terrorism will not be defeated without peace in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine”, former Prime Minister TONY BLAIR told the US Congress 2003. “Here it is that the poison is incubated.”

Beginning his journey in Gaza, Ross meets the men behind the violence, and the communities caught in the crossfire. In episode two, Ross travels to Israel and discovers a country surrounded by enemies and living under the constant fear of attack from terrorist groups dedicated to its destruction.

ROSS KEMP comments: “Like many other people I’ve grown up with news stories about the Middle East without really understanding the issues. I hope that the two documentaries, one in Israel and one in Gaza, will give people a better understanding of this complex and troubled part of the world.“

CELIA TAYLOR, Commissioning Editor, Factual and Features, Sky1 HD, Sky1, Sky2, Sky3 comments: “Once again Ross Kemp promises to take us beyond the headlines and get to the heart of what is really going on. By talking to those involved from both sides of the conflict Ross will provide an eye opening and impartial view and allow us to hear the extraordinary stories from the people that are at the heart of the conflict”.

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