Crossing Both Race and Comfort Lines

Crossing Both Race and Comfort Lines

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 The politics of the Middle East in Israel, especially the relations between Arabs and Jews, are always full of tripwires. When one person’s truth is another person’s propaganda, its dangerous territory for a writer, but especially a writer of satire. Arab-Israeli author Sayed Kashua has not only demonstrated his satire in novels and columns in the Israeli paper Haaretz, he’s now unleashed it in a sitcom called Arab Labor, which follows the adventures of Alian family, where the dad Amjad is much too keen to assimilate into mainstream Israeli society. It provides much scope for humor, cultural misunderstandings and also a lot of potential for Kashua to tick everybody off. Sayed Kashua just won the 2010 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival freedom of expression award.