15 thoughts on “Arab Labor, Israeli TV Comedy Hit – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
Comments are published at the sole discretion of the owner.

  1. How is this possible under the judeo-nazi jackboot of zionist apertheid genocidal oppression? Surely this is propaganda put out by the neocon/aipac/pnac juggernaut that seeks to hide the true plans of the ashke-nazi oppressors. And is just a plan to distract the Arabs so they couldn’t return to the garden of eden utopias that they were ejected from by the so called khazeri Jews.

  2. What I found most interesting about this article was the little things the journalist did. There are “discrepiencies” in land access and public funding in Israel, I’m fascinated why she didn’t use “discrimination” which seems a much more precise word. Discrimination captures the intentionalities in a way that discrepencies doesn’t.

    When writing about the number of arabs in commercials, they aren’t 1% but 2% of 50%,.

    She ends the article with a question of whether arabs would be willing to live next to Mr. Kashua. They already do, as she said in her article he has moved from arab town to arab town, he wasn’t described as being driven out of any of them. Excellent way to imply something for which she has no evidence.

    1. People keep comparing this show to “All in the Family” and I don’t see a similarity. In “All in the Family” a bigot makes racist comments. It was said that some laughed at Archie Bunker and some laughed with Archie Bunker. Also “All in The Family” poked fun at Christianity since it is a religion that following the scriptures that being gay is wrong and the show wanted to support gays. Does “Arab Labor” do this?
      Also, “All in the Family” made jokes out of rape, leaving the laugh track on when Edith or Gloria are rape victims.

      I think you might put “Arab Labor” in a class by itself.

  3. ashke-nazi oppressors

    Bill: You’re at the wrong website. You must think you’re at Joachim Martillo’s site. I think you made a wrong turn somewhere south of the West Bank. Since it’s yr sworn Hasbara task to troll through sites like this one, Mondoweiss & God knows where else, you might want to get yr bearings & return to from whence you came.

    N: Those are very perceptive things to have noted. I didn’t catch that at all. But she was clearly bending over backwards to present the story w/o any edge even though it could’ve used some.

  4. I did forget neocon. Whcih has we all well know really means blood sucking Jew Zionist warmonger.

    Just making a point Rich

  5. Perception precedes observation, my 10th grade english teacher was definitely right.

    Marc Sivlerstein percieves it to be “All in the Family”, Palestinian citizens of Israel percieve it to be “Amos and Andy”. I haven’t seen it, but perception makes all the difference. The whites that “All in the Family” was about weren’t offended (that I know of), the blacks which “Amos and Andy” was about were offended.

    I am far from sure the reporter was “bending over backwards to present the story w/o any edge”. It seems just as likely to me that the reporter’s biases lead her to think that discrimanation is “discrepencies”, that “Amos and Andy” and “All in the Family” are the same thing.

    She took a story about one man’s attempt to challenge jewish racism in Israel and ended it by implying that the real intolerance was Palestinian citizens of Israels opposition to a show they see as “Amos and Andy”

  6. Thank goodness Bill Pearlman is here to deconstruct things for us all. I was afraid I might have to make my own judgements. Would love to see an episode of the program. What Bill often ignores is that while there is some freedom for this type of expression in Israel, it is most sorely lacking here in the US.

  7. The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival just presented most of the first season of episodes, 3 per “film”. In Palo Alto, we saw #1, 4 &5. They invited representatives of the Arab Film Festival. It would have been interesting to have heard their take on this series. I loved the shows, and so did the rest of the audience. Two problems with comparing Arab Labor to Amos & Andy: The shows were conceived by and written by an Israeli Arab. This series skewer Arabs and Jews. I sincerely hope that Israeli Arabs do enjoy the series. This looked like an interesting post and discussion, although I do not care for the books advertised on the page.

  8. @Howard Hoffman: You’re very lucky to live in a place where the Jewish culturati (i.e. those running the Festival) know about Avodah Aravit & screened it for you.

    I do not care for the books advertised on the page.

    How would you know? Have you read any of them? Many of them deal w. precisely the same issues dealt with in the Israeli TV show albeit in a less jocular way.

  9. I used to be a big fan of Jimmy Carter. I have heard him interviewed about his book, defending the inaccuracies, including the misleading title. While I support the end of the Occupation as soon as practical, to compare it to Apartheid is just dishonest.

    Most Israelis support peace. They yearn for that more than control of the West Bank. The problem is that the majority of the Palestinians yearn for death, revenge, and destruction of the Jewish State.

    I believe in universal national determination. This is not always easy as the world continues to evolve in the post-colonial era. The Kurds should have a state, so should the Tibetans, so should the Jews of Israel, so should the Palestinians. When the great majority of Palestinians believe in a Jewish state living in peace alongside a Palestinian state, then there is a good chance for real peace. Even Abbas rejects the concept of a Jewish state. The corrupt, cowardly leadership of the Palestinians and most of the adjoining Arab countries is the real reason that the Palestinians are stuck in such a bad situation. And, they keep making things worse by supporting groups like Hamas. They are totally into the blame game, and do not take responsibility for their own failures. Sadat was the best Arab leader of the last 50 years, and he died because of his courage. I hope that the King of Jordan survives, in spite of all those who would assassinate him if they could. He is also a relatively good leader.

    The Israeli Arabs are the freest Arabs in the entire Arab world, with the most human rights. Their situation is not perfect. I am glad that they have a television series where they are the stars.

  10. @Howard Hoffman:

    defending the inaccuracies, including the misleading title.

    For the life of me I don’t understand how anyone can make a negative judgement about a book they haven’t read. If you want to criticize the book having read it I can understand that. But you clearly haven’t & are basing yr judgment on criticism by others who may or may not have read it themselves.

    Comparing the Occupation to Apartheid is certainly legitimate & a comparison made regularly in the Israeli mainstream press.

    I don’t think you know much about what Israelis think. Do they want peace? Yes. More than the want the Territories? Not necessarily. They don’t believe peace is possible so they believe in holding onto the Territories in the meantime. That’s simply an untenable proposition. To get peace you give up the Territories. You don’t get one w/o giving up the other.

    You believe in national determination as long as it’s not inconvenient to Israel’s perceived interests. BUt when it does conflict w. them, they you’re not really in favor of determination. At least not for Palestinians. So your view isn’t so “universal.” I’d call it “selective.”

    So the problems the Palestinians face have nothing to do with the Occupation & everything to do w. those bad Arabs who surround Israel? Really. You drip w. noblesse oblige towards the Palestinians: if only they wouldn’t choose that dreadful Hamas or those corrupt Fatah men. Just think what a wonderful world it could be.

    The Israeli Arabs are the least free of Israel’s citizens. Learn something about real conditions faced by real Israeli Arabs before you go around tooting Israel’s horn via its supposedly generous treatment of its Arab citizens.

  11. I saw episode 3. It was fantastic. I always seeked out active friendship with Jews though I am muslim myself. I think amidst the much political tensions between both sides, this show provides an appealing comic relief. For those who didnt watch the show yet, intuitions will fail your judgements. I think you should watch it first, then comment. Shalom and Salaam wa Alaikum.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *