Fauda

Chaos in Arabic, the title of a brilliant television series now playing on Netflix. I just finished the 12th and final episode of the first season of this Israeli production, which the anti-Israel B(oycott)D(ivest)S(anctions) movement has threatened to sue to stop.

No wonder. It’s a revealing look at both sides of “the situation,” which the Israelis call the continuous war between them and the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians. It’s a rounded look that succeeds in making even the terrorists sympathetic. But in doing so it shatters some myths: for one the idea that the Palies live in “camps,” when in fact they live in cities with concrete and glass buildings.

“We gave a face to the other side,” Fauda’s Israeli co-creator and star Lior Raz told The Wrap last year. “We show the complexity of the conflict to the point where the viewer doesn’t know how to feel anymore.”

Not quite, for me, who still favors Israel, but close. I feel more than ever that the Palies are the victims of their own dictatorial government. The second season of Fauda on Netflix starts May 24.

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