Magazine June 22, 2020, Issue

Fauda Is Tribal TV

Boaz Konforty, Doron Ben-David, Lior Raz, Idan Amedi, and Yaakov Zada Daniel in Fauda (Netflix/IMDb)
An Israeli series shows anarchy, tyranny, and a war of cultures

‘Fauda” is the Arabic word for anarchy, and it is now the title of a television series that is proving an unexpected international hit. Superficially it is a thriller in 36 episodes released over the past three years that dramatizes the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, two relatively small populations with irreconcilable claims to territory and sovereignty. To Israelis, the West Bank is historic Judea and Samaria, while to Palestinians it belongs to a historic Muslim trust. According to reports, Fauda is not available on the West Bank, but virtually one and all know that the destiny of their homeland

This article appears as “Tribal TV” in the June 22, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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