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I recently had a Palestinian friend recommend the Netflix show “Fauda” to me at an Iftar (Ramadan breakfast, right around sunset), which, as comedic timing goes, is about as ridiculous as it gets. For starters, although I was limited in my knowledge about “Fauda”, I knew it was centered on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and a product of Israeli directors and producers. I thought to myself, if this friend can see past the conflict and appreciate this show, perhaps it’s worth a shot. I figured the only way I could formulate an educated opinion was by watching it myself rather than reading the countless critiques and reviews I’d scrolled past online.

When I first heard about “Fauda”, I was cautiously cynical. I’ll admit I’m apparently behind the times, as the show has been around for over a year, but in my defense it’s not often that I engage in American shows set in the Middle East, much less a show directed, produced, and starring Israeli actors focusing on the daily intricacies of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Growing up in the age of Jack Bauer and shows like “24”, “Homeland”, etc. I knew that for the sake of my own sanity and self-preservation, it probably wouldn’t do much good to tune into the steady stream of TV shows that portray Arabs as bloodthirsty barbarians. My mistake was that I quickly filed “Fauda” into the same category, shows that depict Arabs in a negative light solely for entertainment, maybe because they don’t know any better.

In the case of “Fauda”, the reality is much darker. The show’s creators, former IDF soldiers, can’t claim ignorance about their promotion of dangerous stereotypes and one-dimensional character development, and their objective seems much more sinister than simply entertainment, it borders on military propaganda. Specifically the Israeli side of the border. If your interest in the Palestinian-Israeli situation goes no further than simply seeking drama and entertainment, perhaps you are part of the target audience and might enjoy “Fauda”. If you’re interested in what daily life in Israel (half of the conflict) looks like, albeit dramatized and featuring only attractive people, I would even recommend “Fauda”. However, if you’re tuning in hoping to see any sort of accurate portrayal of what life can be like for Palestinians (that’d be the other half of the conflict), this show will leave you sorely disappointed and possibly frustrated and upset. Suffice it to say I was somehow unsurprised and disappointed at the same time.

Understand that having former members of the Israeli military write and direct a show about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is akin to having KKK leaders produce and direct a biopic on Martin Luther King Jr. I’m not saying they’re definitely going to get it wrong, but the chances of them providing an accurate and unbiased production go out the window when the pointy white hoods are still on. The way the conflict is approached/avoided is telling in the same way that the name of the show is telling. “Fauda” is an Arabic word, frequently translated as chaos. Interesting that an Israeli-made show, starring Israeli actors and directed and produced by Israelis couldn’t decide on another title, perhaps the Hebrew word for ‘chaos’, or even ‘chaos’ in English. Instead they decided to ride the wave of taking Arabic words and weaponizing them. We’ve seen this done with “jihad”, we’ve seen it with “Allahu akbar.” This is part of a steady and deliberate attempt to demonize the language used by Arabs and Muslims. Additionally, the Arabic used in the show by the Israeli actors is, as Arabic goes, not great. It’s certainly an improvement from the barely-decipherable stuttered trash used in most American TV shows and movies about the Middle East, but the Arabic on display  in “Fauda” wouldn’t fly in most Arab-American communities, and it certainly wouldn’t do well in the West Bank.

The show also glosses over certain areas of life in Israel and Palestine. The lack of visible checkpoints in the show would lead you to believe that people are free to move as they please, which is certainly not the case. Tough topics to address, like the toll that military life has on children — seeing their parents constantly armed and ready to do battle — are passed over without commentary. Additionally, and most egregiously, the only visible cue of the separation wall comes courtesy of the drones constantly flown into Palestinian territory for surveillance or worse. The imagery of simply gliding over this 25 foot wall is a perfect example of how “Fauda” passes over the real struggles that Palestinians face in favor of romanticized storylines featuring forbidden love and dramatic desert duels. This show could’ve been an opportunity to ask hard questions and delve into even harder answers. Instead, we have a glorified “Homeland”, that trades in difficult questions for car chases and weapons montages.

Lior Raz, r, plays Doron in the show Fauda. Behind him is the actor Doron Ben-David.

I needed to make sure the opinions I was formulating weren’t simply a product of my own biases against the Israeli military and their secretive, murderous tactics, so I asked an American friend with no founded opinion on Israel or Palestine to give the show a chance and write down some of her thoughts. A few days later she responded with two points. Her first thought was that the main protagonist, Doron, was a “psychopathic military dude practicing his gun skills in the backyard when he’s retired”. The scenes of Doron in his backyard practicing with his gun illustrate the state of mind that comes as a result of always feeling the need to defend yourself with lethal force. In one particularly poignant scene, Doron spasmodically cocks and practices firing his pistol while his son quietly watches in the background. This is a perfect example of how the mentality embodied by the members of these killing units is passed down to the younger generation, who can’t help but feel that they too are in dire need of arming and protecting themselves.

The second point that my friend made was, “it’s so messed up that the Israelis can just go into palestinians homes and private events and shoot people and have governmental support.” Setting aside momentarily the fact that her text didn’t autocorrect Palestinians to indicate that it’s a proper noun, this point articulates how even in the content that they produce, Israelis can’t see the issue behind their actions. A child caught doing something wrong feels a certain level of shame, but “Fauda” is clear evidence that the Israeli military is shameless. My friend Ali, the one who originally suggested the show, confessed to me that a major factor in his willingness to watch “Fauda” was a rumor he’d heard that the show was boycotted by Israelis for its portrayal of the military. His logic led him to the obvious conclusion that if Israelis are causing such a stink over this show, it’s probably worth a watch. (After much research, I found no such evidence that the show was boycotted, so it turns out I needn’t have bothered with “Fauda” to begin with.)

Giving credit where it’s due, if it’s due at all, the show does occasionally depart from the typical Arab storyline presented in most American media. “Fauda” attempts to illustrate the daily life of Palestinians in its grim reality while also interspersing heartfelt moments of love, friendship, and familial connection. Many of the Palestinian characters are given these human qualities, which could lead a viewer to empathize with their struggle for survival or even see them as human and thus relatable. However, even this lowest of low bars fails to accurately portray the struggle that Palestinians encounter every day. The action in “Fauda” is meant to take place in the West Bank, an area rife with checkpoints and obstacles that keep Palestinians from moving freely. However the show does very little to illustrate this, providing a few brief shots of cars passing through checkpoints on their way to another dramatic car chase montage. “Fauda” does its best to depict the human aspects of both the Israeli and Palestinian side. Unfortunately this attempt at drawing parallels often seems intent on equating the two. This is a grave mistake. There are lives on both sides that deserve protection, but the tools of destruction are vastly different.

If “Fauda” does anything particularly well (and that’s a big IF), it’s to blur the line between television and reality. The show is dramatic, with endless tension, frequent gun battles, and the occasional timely explosion, but the drama takes on a different meaning when a viewer examines what they’re watching. What might appear to be a show about Israel’s secretive elite killing unit is based on the reality that the show’s creators supply. These same creators actually served in the secretive killing unit, which provides both gravity and a degree of perverted-ness to the show. The frequent calls for sympathy for Israeli soldiers suffering from PTSD at having to kill and torture Palestinians is rendered moot when their best form of therapy is to create a television show that mimics that reality. The show brings to mind the famous Malcolm X quote, “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” This show clearly has protagonists, namely Doron Kavillio, but those protagonists are participating not only in targeted assassinations of dubious legality, they are integral cogs in a system of occupation that has seen Palestinians demonized, dehumanized and oppressed on a regular basis.

If you’re interested in a sanitized, inaccurate and overly-biased version of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, “Fauda” might be for you. For everyone else, we’ll have to keep waiting for a production that takes a (single, solitary) Palestinian voice into account or pretends to value what Palestinians have to say. Ideally the opportunity would be given to Palestinians to tell their own stories and share their perspectives with the world, but as we’ve seen over the past few weeks and months (and years, decades, etc.) the United States and its citizens are all too willing to overlook the Palestinian struggle and distract ourselves by any means necessary.

 

About Ahmad Saad

Ahmad Saad is an Egyptian-American writer living in North Carolina. He writes on disparate topics including Egyptian and British soccer, politics (Egyptian and American), criminal justice reform, and hip-hop in North Carolina.

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  1. just
    June 14, 2018, 8:10 pm

    Thanks for this review. I haven’t, and won’t, watch.

    The day that B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence produce a film, I’ll watch. For a long time now I have been following MW and Kate’s compilations. I get the truth right here @ my fingertips. I used to have to hunt for it and find the exceedingly few paltry crumbs that I could find in print media and through friends who are like- minded and knew about my passion for justice and my own history. Then came the internet and I had to sift through copious hasbara to find spots where I knew I was getting the facts. I am sure that there is more to be revealed, but this is a great place to find reality.

    Today The Guardian published this:

    “Israel is about to destroy this Palestinian village. Will Britain step in?

    David Zonshein

    Israel is poised to demolish Khan al-Ahmar in the West Bank – an act that could be a war crime. But Britain could save it …”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/14/israel-destroy-palestinian-village-khan-al-ahmar

    then Haaretz published this:

    “Israel to Bar Activists From Documenting Soldiers in West Bank

    Ministerial Committee for Legislation expected to approve bill calling for five-year jail terms for anyone who distributes photos or footage aimed at breaking ‘soldiers’ spirit’…”

    http://mondoweiss.net/2018/06/officially-declares-democracy/

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-to-bar-activists-from-documenting-soldiers-in-west-bank-1.6176060?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Thank you, Ahmad Saad.

  2. Citizen
    June 14, 2018, 9:18 pm

    I won’t be watching it. Another critique of the show also says that in it the Israeli soldiers shoot and cry about it, while the Palestinians are only depicting shooting–no crying displayed.

  3. DaBakr
    June 14, 2018, 9:54 pm

    You may be more biased then you might believe(which isn’t a problem, just an opinion)

    1) the show is one of the most popular of all time and was quickly picked up by American Netflix . I read nothing about about Israelis protesting.

    2) the show did depict the checkpoints and crossings. There was a scene where an old woman is harassed by soldiers. There are many other scenes showing Israelis harassing palestinians. An action/thriller can not b be expected to spend hours of filming at checkpoints but it was conveyed that it was not pleasant for the Arabs.

    3) Doron, the main character was definitely portrayed as, if not a psycho, at least a disturbed retired member of a team that is trained to do the unspeakable in order to get their target. In reality, he would never have been brought back in except as an advisor, maybe

    4) only a few Palestinian characters were portrayed as willing to do the same level of violent attacks as the Israelis and their extreme difficulty because of Israeli security intrusion was shown for what it was. The connected Hamas members could bypass security wth relative ease while everybody else is inconvenienced or hassled

    5) in the second season only the character seeking revenge for the killing of his father is portrayed as equal to doron in the morality of their motivations. Classic ‘duel in the sun’ theme.

    6) Israeli extrajudicial killing was absolutely portrayed. Hardly a propaganda point.
    7) palestinians were portrayed as varied as an Israeli action /thriller could be expected. When Israeli agents in Palestinian towns opened fire the collateral damage was shown in how many innocents were wounded or killed. Another strike against propaganda.
    8) the other palestinians, portrayed mostly as members of Hamas, West Bank are not one dimensional and have lovely and complicated relations with their families. The restrictions placed upon Arab women by Islamist family is also portrayed fairly.

    9) while the show was definitely not a promotional tutorial for Palestinian suffering it was not, as described, a biopic. I could spend hours pointing out some absolutely ridiculous and absurd things that would NEVER happen if a real undercover unit were working.

    10) it was made for entertainment and entertaining it is. As the writers and producers stated, “if the Arabs want to make their own show from their point of view then they should do it.” And if one watched the show, both seasons, they would come away with the very distinct feeling that in this conflict everybody loses, everybody dies, violence only breeds violence, etc. There is no need for the show runners to make a show that portrays a point of view that they themselves don’t know enough about. But the Arabic? The Arabic was excellent. Almost half the show was spoken in Arabic. It’s spoken all over Israel so there really isn’t a problem except to the author.

    11) the “kkk- mlk ” analogy is absurd. A more accurate one would be if the PLO made a biopic of Ariel Sharon, Yitzhak Rabin or David Ben Gurion. But the author is correct in that anybody who hates the Israeli Nation with a passion would probably find this show difficult to stomach.(however- there are quite a few Jews killed to satisfy action fans.

    12) lastly, I would have to admit that were a show picked up by Netflix and filmed from the opposite pov, as in from a pro Hamas , anti Zionist premise that zionists and other american jews and Christians would be screaming bloody murder at the “bias” being shown. That hypocrisy deserves to be exposed if it comes to pass

    • Marnie
      June 15, 2018, 12:00 am

      “the “kkk- mlk ” analogy is absurd” said the zionist. Nothing gets past you richard.

      • DaBakr
        June 16, 2018, 1:03 am

        @mar

        Considering MLK was a devout Zionist(which no amount of revisionist history can alter) yes, it’s totally absurd. I have no idea who Richard is but assume he is as ridiculous as you are.

        Btw: it’s a tv show. There is no mandate that it satisfy the ultra far left so-called progressive ideology. Go watch Amy Goodman or RT tv.. There are also a series of pretty good Turkish movies… Something about the Wolve squad they take down evil Zionist operatives. Sorry I forgot names but I’m sure you’ll enjoy. It’s the opposite of Fauda with no balance whatsoever. But I watched one. Not too bad. A little low budget.

      • Marnie
        June 16, 2018, 9:02 am

        zionist revisionist history would slander MLK as a ‘devout zionist’ but this is zionist bullshit and he’s zionist’s favorite kind of Negro – dead.

      • DaBakr
        June 16, 2018, 3:41 pm

        @mrn

        Do zionist haters on MW now write in some type of crypto code? I have no clue what your trying to say.

        Why would zionists “slander” MLK, either in the 1960s or now.

        And while 50 years ago the term “negro” may not have been offensive to blacks it surely isn’t the preferred term in the 21st century. And while I can excuse that, (maybe your an 80yr old coot?)
        there is definitely no excuse for your ignorance about zionist, Israel and black folks. we live with and amongst thousands of black people. There is some racism here as it exists in most nations with multi cultural populations. despite this there area dark skinned, mocha skinned, light skinned and biracial Israeli Africans in all walks of israeli life. but how would you know this excerpt from the hate-sites you frequent.

      • Jon66
        June 16, 2018, 3:53 pm

        Marnie,
        We have been through this before too many times to count here.
        MLK was most certainly a Zionist.
        From an interview a few days before his death.
        “Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all of our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel, and never mind saying it, as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous ex ample of what can be done, how desert land almost can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”

      • echinococcus
        June 16, 2018, 5:12 pm

        So what, John 66?
        MLK was wrongity wrong. Keep him. And put a sock in it sometime.

      • Jon66
        June 16, 2018, 9:41 pm

        Echi,
        You let your hatred blind you. It was Marnie who brought up MLK and stated that it would be BS to call him a Zionist. I am simply setting the record straight.

      • Marnie
        June 16, 2018, 11:50 pm

        “Marnie,
        We have been through this before too many times to count here.
        MLK was most certainly a Zionist.”

        You’re so funny! Dr. King’s life was cut short before he could see what was really happening with his own eyes, not through the eyes of the adl or aipac. the jdl was founded the year of Dr. King’s death, and being a man with a peaceful vision, would not doubt have been horrified. Folks like you slay me jon s and not in a good way at all. You’ll tokenize Dr. King to suit your agenda, but had he lived long enough to see the horror that is the ‘state of israel’, he’d be banned from entry and demonized by every cushim-calling zionist dirtbag here.

      • Marnie
        June 17, 2018, 12:06 am

        DaBakr
        June 14, 2018, 9:54 pm

        ’11) the “kkk- mlk ” analogy is absurd.’

        DaBakr brought up MLK – I responded to it. Get your lies straight – we’ve been through that too many times to count.

        jon s – ‘from an interview a few days before his death’

        He was murdered ssob.

      • echinococcus
        June 17, 2018, 1:25 am

        John 66,

        You’re simply beating a long-dead, stinking corpse way past the point where it becomes pathological. Yet again, but leopards and spots.

        Of course a lot of what King said on Zionism was full of his religious indoctrination, that’s stipulated and that was not part of what he was competent about, and not what the US of A gov. brutally murdered him for. It’s moronic to call him a Zionist anyway, but even then, so what. Do we want to repeat the same irrelevant shit daily for another 50 years?

      • Talkback
        June 17, 2018, 2:12 am

        jon66: “We have been through this before too many times to count here. MLK was most certainly a Zionist.”

        Much easier back in those days. Did he know tback then hat Israel held Nonjews under martial law until 1966 and practiced the same permit system that it expanded after 1967? Did he know back then who it expelled Nonjews to achieve a viable Jewish majority? Did he know back then who the expellants were dispossed, how their property was pillaged and looted?

        No, he was a lot of things, but didn’t know much about the conflict or about the middle east. His attitude would be very different today.

      • Marnie
        June 17, 2018, 2:29 am

        “And while 50 years ago the term “negro” may not have been offensive to blacks it surely isn’t the preferred term in the 21st century. And while I can excuse that, (maybe your an 80yr old coot?) there is definitely no excuse for your ignorance about zionist, Israel and black folks. we live with and amongst thousands of black people. There is some racism here as it exists in most nations with multi cultural populations. despite this there area dark skinned, mocha skinned, light skinned and biracial Israeli Africans in all walks of israeli life. but how would you know this excerpt from the hate-sites you frequent.”

        You are ignorant. I’m using a word that has you (faux) apoplectic, but the term was used by Dr. King and Malcolm X among others and am using it to make yet another point you don’t get. Cushi is used all the time which means ‘nigger’ though racist apologists will claim it means black – it doesn’t, there is a word for black, brown, red, yellow, etc., so don’t go down that road. You need smelling salts because I used the term “Negro”? You hypocrite.

        As far as the rest – ‘there is some racism here, blah, blah, blah’. Yes. I know. See it and hear about it daily. It’s funny how people other than actual black people always seem to set the bar for what’s an acceptable level of racism – to you types, any level is acceptable. It doesn’t affect you so who cares, right? I think your definition of racism and what’s acceptable is about as relevant as the opinion of any klansman or alt-right kind of guy, another richard you may have heard of, Richard Spencer.

        But you quickly sound the alarm with criticism of ‘israel’ and zionism and regularly conflate that criticism with antisemitism. Figures.

        No, I’m not an ’80-year-old coot’! That’s up the road apiece you little whippersnapper, watch yerself sonny.

      • Talkback
        June 17, 2018, 3:30 am

        Dabakr: “There is some racism here as it exists in most nations with multi cultural populations. despite this there area dark skinned, mocha skinned, light skinned and biracial Israeli Africans in all walks of israeli life. but how would you know this excerpt from the hate-sites you frequent.”

        Well, in Israel this racism is INSTITUTIONALIZED by the self declard “nation” of Israel which is is not called ISRAELI but Jewish. Israel – like Nazi Germany in the past – is the only country that differentiates between citizens and nationals to privilige the latter while its “citizens” (which is a deceiving term) don’t have all of the rights that citizens normaly enjoy in other states and which are only reserved for the “nationals” of Israel which happend to be only Jews. But how would a mind could know that which pemantiy needs to project its own hate unto others? That’s what a racist ideology can do to you.

      • Mooser
        June 17, 2018, 2:34 pm

        Speaking of MLK, here an interesting perspective on Norman Podhertz “My Negro Probem- and Yours”

        Turns out the “seminal essay” was a premature ejaculation.

        “As I talked, (said Podhertz) Baldwin’s normally bulging eyes bulged and blazed even more fiercely than usual. “You ought,” he whispered as though participating in a conspiracy, “to write all that down.” It was important, more important than I realized, for such things to be said; and they had to be said in public. Thus it was that Baldwin repaid me for giving him the idea and the incentive for The Fire Next Time with the idea and the encouragement for “My Negro Problem—and Ours.”

        And you sure paid him back for it, Norman! As Roy Edroso says, “in spades” and here’s Commentary’s June 2018 “African Americans vs. American Jews” issue

      • Mooser
        June 17, 2018, 3:03 pm

        “N. Podhoretz seems never to have realized what a cruel practical joke Baldwin was playing on him, getting him to publish his ravings and ensuring that his reputation would be forever yoked to them.” Roy Edroso from the article.

      • MHughes976
        June 17, 2018, 4:20 pm

        MLK was discreet in ME matters but when it came to the point he always told the Zionists what they wanted to hear. His correspondence around the 1967 New Politics Conference shows this, though I think it has a strained and embarrassed tone. Lenni Brenner has written interestingly about the matter and he is convinced that K was converging with the anti-Z Carmichael. But I’m not sure. Almost all the members of K’s inner circle, Parks, Rustin, Belafonte, many more, signed the rather awful advertisement/manifesto published in the NYT of November 23, 1975 sponsored by Basic, Black Americans Supporting Israel Committee. K was not ignorant of the matter – he wasn’t a naive Americentric and had actually visited Jerusalem when under Jordan’s control and he had Carmichael, with whom he did not wish to break, to remind him of important things.

      • Mooser
        June 17, 2018, 5:53 pm

        These are the articles featured on the June 2018 “African Americans vs. American Jews” issue of Commentary:

        “My ‘Black Lives Matter’ Problem”, by Jason Hill

        “The Campus Intersectionality Craze”, by Eliot Kaufman

        “The Rise of Black Anti-Semitism”, by James Kirchik

        and, wait for it:

        “The 1968 New York Schools Strike Revisited”, by Vincent J. Cannato and Jerald Podair

        Nothing there about MLK jr.

      • Marnie
        June 17, 2018, 11:52 pm

        Jon66

        I’m sorry Jon66, I keep getting you mixed up with jons – you two are indistinguishable to me. Could you guys help me out and flip a coin to see which jon/Jon will start going by ‘Richard’ from now on? Thanking you in advance..

      • Mooser
        June 18, 2018, 11:38 am

        Doesn’t anybody want to talk about MLK jr, now?

        Anyway, there’s my confirmation that we really took a hit in 2009. “African Americans vs. American Jews” in Commentary

        I mean, whatever happened to American Jews vs. WASPS?

      • Mooser
        June 18, 2018, 11:51 am

        “Marnie”, here’s what you need to know to keep the two “Jon’s” separated:

        “Jon s” is An Israeli history teacher, long-time activist on the Israeli Left.

        “Jon 66” is “a husband, father, and surgeon.” (Shudder)

  4. Marnie
    June 14, 2018, 11:51 pm

    “Understand that having former members of the Israeli military write and direct a show about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is akin to having KKK leaders produce and direct a biopic on Martin Luther King Jr. I’m not saying they’re definitely going to get it wrong, but the chances of them providing an accurate and unbiased production go out the window when the pointy white hoods are still on.”

    That’s all you need to know. Seriously, I’m way past the point of being able to tolerate much of anything that has no authentic foundation. The writers are literally the occupation FFS! I no longer expect a male doctor to understand my body nor will I put my health care in their hands. It’s not exactly the same thing, but letting someone else tell your story, especially the ENEMY, is a big, big mistake. I make it a point to never watch israeli ‘entertainment’ of any kind (it’s so easy to avoid never see it) so will never watch this drek until the day it might be part of archival footage on the history channel about the shame and crime that was the state of israel.

  5. Marnie
    June 14, 2018, 11:59 pm

    The only people who should be producing films, television shows, etc., about palestinian life is palestinians. Nothing else will do. Learn from other people’s mistakes about allowing their stories to be told by a murderous antagonist and take back your history and tell it yourselves. For the most part, the only POV out there has been a zionist one and the repercussions of that are immense. Don’t allow the zionist state’s alternative facts and universe tell your history; they’ve been doing it for about 100 years and have completely poisoned the minds of most people.

    Would you invite an arsonist to your barbecue or a pedophile to your child’s birthday party? Same thing here.

    • DaBakr
      June 16, 2018, 4:20 pm

      @mrn

      Sorry, not trying to pick on you but saying that “only Palestinians…… Should make Palestinian base shows” is borderline fascist. Imagine how pissed you’d be if only Jews could produce shows about Jews. Or only Germans can produce shows about the third Reich. Only Syrians(which eventually will mean only the Assad clan) can make shows of the past decade of war there.

      What SHOULD definitely be done is for the PA or the Hamas (fat chance) or one of the 100s of European hand wringing ngo’s that give millions to palestinians allocate enough money for a good quality, entertaining non governmental approved film about Palestinian life. Comedy, action, thriller, whatever.

      In the past it was an American jew, Schnabel who made MIRIAL (but who knows, maybe it was the Harvey Weinstein affect. The actor as director were an item for a while)
      There was PARIDISE NOW …About two suicide bombers portrayed sympathetically
      There was 5 BROKEN CAMERAS…gushed over by critics
      There is AJAMI. (some mild portrayal of normalization even though it’s Palestinian centered)
      Then there are the Israeli ‘anti war’ movies which many her probably know of already:
      LEBANON
      Waltz with BASHIR
      A film called ZAYTOUN…It’s a thriller. Great entertainment but it depicts a palestinian refugee who forms alliance with downed IDF pilot both trying to make it back to Israel. NOT Zionist propaganda but shows a human bond. Unless you believe everything is Zionist propaganda)

      If you like film and don’t know these, enjoy. If you don’t watch, ok. And if you are skeptical because a pro Israeli listed them?… Assure you, there are dozens of pro Zionist films, some 27th agendas, some just b-grade entertainment. Others junk, some great even with a skewed narrative. But the above films are not pro-israel Zionist in any traditional sense

      • Marnie
        June 17, 2018, 12:26 am

        DaBakr
        June 16, 2018, 4:20 pm

        @mrn

        Sorry, not trying to pick on you but saying that “only Palestinians…… Should make Palestinian base shows” is borderline fascist.

        DaBakr – you’re joking right? Everything on israeli television is controlled by zionists and most of what zionists say about palestinians is propaganda driven. zionists have controlled the narrative as I stated very clearly which doesn’t bother zionists at all because they’ve got all the money, the weapons and the u.s. in their back pocket. And, by your definition above, israel is clearly fascist, no borderline about it because, indulge me this bon mot, ‘israel’ doesn’t know a damn thing about borders – hahaha!!!

        If you don’t understand my posts, it’s because you don’t want to and to prove I’m not trying to pick on you, here is a guide for the perplexed:
        https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=what%20a%20richard

  6. Elizabeth Block
    June 15, 2018, 11:03 am

    We’re supposed to feel sorry for Israeli killers with PTSD? Maybe WWII concentration camp guards, too.

    • DaBakr
      June 16, 2018, 1:07 am

      Get ready, the actor playing the disturbed Israeli special op is about to star in the new film about capturing eichmann. He’s bald short, stocky but will probably become the new Israel sex symbol.

      And, the Arab makdesh, who killed many to avenge his Hamas father’s death is a HUGE heartthrob in Israel. Movies! TV! What are you going to do….

    • Mooser
      June 17, 2018, 3:07 pm

      “We’re supposed to feel sorry for Israeli killers with PTSD?”

      Oh, no more than IDF reserve medics do. They know the “Meshumad Method” will cure it.

  7. Ampro
    June 15, 2018, 11:20 am

    “This is the secret of propaganda: Those who are to be persuaded by it should be completely immersed in the ideas of the propaganda, without ever noticing that they are being immersed in it.”

    Joseph Goebbels

  8. captADKer
    June 15, 2018, 12:12 pm

    [If you’re interested in what daily life in Israel (half of the conflict) looks like, albeit dramatized and featuring only attractive people, I would even recommend “Fauda”. However, if you’re tuning in hoping to see any sort of accurate portrayal of what life can be like for Palestinians (that’d be the other half of the conflict), this show will leave you sorely disappointed and possibly frustrated and upset.]

    i plan to watch this series. but are you telling me that if the pali arabs were depicted more accuately as mostly homely, which i find very prejudicial of the egyptian critic, then the series would be more crédible? i’m lost!

    • Mooser
      June 15, 2018, 12:47 pm

      ” i’m lost!”

      “of all the dumb ass commentary posted here this one has to rank w/the most depraved.
      no doubt this loser’s deprivations the source.

    • just
      June 15, 2018, 2:45 pm

      …”then the series would be more crédible? i’m lost!”

      Yes, you are

      • Mooser
        June 15, 2018, 3:51 pm

        “Yes, you are”

        Not really. At Mondo, “CaptADKer” is assured of commenting without anybody moderating, editing or deleting his posts in an attempt to Zionism look better. Lost? He’s home!

    • Annie Robbins
      June 15, 2018, 4:23 pm

      yalla!

    • DaBakr
      June 16, 2018, 1:12 am

      You don’t expect filmmakers to show a boring two hours of Palestinians waiting in heat to cross into Israel and the often very friendly but sometimes obnoxious israeli guards. That would be SOOO entertaining we, Arabs and Jews would both drop dead from boredom. I really think you underestimate the average Palestinian ability to cut thru the B.S. And appreciate what’s good about it. And again, make their own film is they are so incensed. I suspect it’s more MW lefties that are getting nauseas.

      • Marnie
        June 17, 2018, 1:10 am

        It isn’t a question about ‘the average Palestinian’s ability to cut through B.S. silly!

        If there’s a question about anyone’s abilities, it’s the zionist audience that is in question, obviously.

        “Miki Zohar: I’ll tell you one basic thing, so that maybe someone who’s sitting there at home would listen to me well, and maybe those who are sitting at the studios and at editorials would listen well to me:

        The public in the state of Israel is a public which belongs to the Jewish race [sic], and the whole Jewish race is the greatest human capital [sic], and the smartest and the most understanding, and sometimes also the most educated…”

        You don’t actually believe this garbage do you DaBakr? Jews are not only a race, but the greatest, smartest, the most understanding, and SOMETIMES …..???

      • Mooser
        June 17, 2018, 12:26 pm

        ” Jews are not only a race, but the greatest, smartest, the most understanding”

        Isn’t that proven by how few of us there are? Only 180 million people in the world can be that special.

  9. Dae
    June 16, 2018, 12:03 am

    My earlier comment on the quality of this piece was deleted. I’ll reiterate, this piece is terrible. Why? It’s bias is so strong that it is denying undisputable facts, case in point, the criticism that a cast made up primarily of native Arabic speakers supposedly cannot speak Arabic according to the author. Hilarious.

    • DaBakr
      June 16, 2018, 4:48 pm

      @d

      Yeah. I didn’t get that part either. Not only was at least half the show in Arabic the Palestinian characters in the West Bank spoke in the distinct way Arabs from Palestine speak, including some slang. Also, one Israeli agent was tripped up because he slipped and did use a slang term for women no religious Muslim, especially Hamas member would use.

      . face it… The show is a huge hit, in Israel, US and now europe. It’s definitely not am anti Israel series but neither does it paint a picture of israeli army and services as any more ‘moral’ then anybody else. And people forget…. It’s a TV SHOW! Events are dramatized, exaggerated and edited for maximum effect. everybody in the show is a stereotype of some perceived character. And the Palestinian characters, wether Hamas or not were portrayed with as much sympathy as were the Israelis. In fact, one Arab character was portrayed as the most sympathetic, most trapped, most torn and most fucked over by Israel and Hamas then anybody else in the show.

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