More Fauda

What I don’t like about Fauda is that the English voiceover gave all the Jewish characters these very Eastern European shtetl accents. Where I’m from, these are the accents anti-semites used to mock Jews so they bug me.

I also don’t like how identical the characters look. I’m six episodes in and I still can’t figure out if Doron’s wife is cheating on him with his brother (who then turned out to be her brother), three of his co-workers, or the terrorist he’s hunting. I understand that the point is precisely that people who are exactly the same are killing each other for no reason but it’s hard to keep track of the characters.

I wonder if people in Arab countries are making shows about how both sides are equally immoral and nobody is better than anybody else.

It’s a great show, though.

8 thoughts on “More Fauda”

  1. “English voiceover…”

    So interesting you employ the dubbed version – chacun à son goût.

    I am absolutely untalented at learning languages but really enjoy immersing myself in the rich variety of tongues that Netflix presents. I find Israeli Hebrew particularly fascinating as it is a late 19th/early 20th century conscious reconstruction of a vernacular that had died out some 1500 years earlier.

    “It’s a great show” – yes!! Lior Raz, the lead actor, is brilliant.

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  2. May not the characters looks the same to you in the same way whites look the same to Asians, or blacks – to whites, if people have not lived in the same society and learned to differentiate?

    // I understand that the point is precisely that people who are exactly the same are killing each other for no reason

    Are Russians killing Ukrainians for a reason? Are Ukrainians doing it for a reason? We do it for the same reason Ukrainians do – preserving our nation state.

    Saying it’s “for no reason” is a bit like saying all wars are “for no reason.”

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    1. I’m not saying I agree with the message of the show. And I’d be absolutely stunned if either Ukrainians or Russians portrayed their conflict in this way. I find it very surprising that the makers of the show went the route of a complete moral equivalence. The Russians still can’t do it for the battle of Alexander Nevsky, let alone anything current. (And I’m not saying they should. I think moral equivalence is a copout).

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      1. // I find it very surprising that the makers of the show went the route of a complete moral equivalence.

        I wondered whether the makers were Arabs, but they are both Jews who served in a combat unit in IDF.

        // And I’m not saying they should. I think moral equivalence is a copout.

        What could they have done except this, if they wanted to sell their product abroad as well as in Israel?

        Anti-Jewish angle would’ve been snatched abroad, but not in Israel, and as Jews who love their country they wouldn’t want to do that.

        I am also unsure the makers of the show and its Israeli fans see “a complete moral equivalence” that you see.

        The good thing is that if a popular show doesn’t completely demonize Palestinians, may be it will make somebody in Israel think for a moment. I don’t expect it to be ‘a voice for peace’ or any such naive claptrap but, at least, it probably won’t be a source of incitement.

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        1. It isn’t what I see. It’s what there is. At the beginning of the show, a Jew kills a Muslim’s brother. The Muslim then kills the Jew’s brother. The girlfriend of the murdered Muslim kills the girlfriend of the Jew’s brother. And so on. The parallels seem quite forced at times.

          Now the Jew has hurt the Muslim’s child. I’m waiting for scenes where the Muslim hurts the Jew’s child. (Please no spoilers!!!!).

          It’s definitely not an exaltation of the IDF. It’s kind of the exact opposite. The Jews are portrayed as unintelligent, with extremely low impulse control, violent and, once again, really dumb.

          The US show 24, for instance, had a similar theme of a group that was fighting Islamic terrorism. But there was no moral relativism there. We all knew who the bad guys were.

          Maybe I’m not expressing this clearly enough but what I’m feeling in regards to Fauda is an extreme admiration for people who in the midst of a conflict aren’t tempted to make propaganda. It’s really amazing, it’s unique. I’m not criticizing here.

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      2. “I find it very surprising that the makers of the show went the route of a complete moral equivalence.”

        I don’t think they do. And, the more episodes one watches, the clearer it becomes that while Israelis have politics and political differences, the Palestinians are trapped in the grip of criminal gangs.

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    2. As for faces, I easily tell Japanese people from Koreans or Chinese. And Nigerians from Ghanans, for instance. But if they were covered with thick facial hair up to their eyebrows, I wouldn’t be able to.

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