Hamas hopes Gaza viewers will say ‘Salam’ to their ‘Fauda’ clone – Archyde

Fauda has been a hit on Netflix around the world, including in Arab countries, and now a Hamas-affiliated production company in Gaza is set to shoot its own television series inspired by the show.

According to Agence France Presse (AFP), the Hamas-backed series Qabdat al-Ahrar (Fist of the Free) tells the story of an Israeli operation in Gaza in 2018 that killed seven Hamas militants and one Israeli soldier.

in the past few years, Hamas has invested in Hollywood-like action series and romance novels similar to the Turkish telenovelas popular in the Arab world. Hamas runs a channel called Al-Aqsa that produces and broadcasts all kinds of content.

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Fauda, ​​which is about an Israeli anti-terrorist unit, has been a guilty pleasure among some Palestinians for years, and this inspired Hamas to make its own show about the conflict. Mohammed Soraya, the director of Qabdat al-Ahrar, told AFP that watching any Israeli series is wrong because it represents a normalization of relations with Israel and “supports the Zionist occupation… [Israeli TV series] criminalize the Palestinian people… We want to reverse the equation, show the Palestinian point of view, broadcast drama about the spirit of our resistance.”

The heroes in the series he is making are Hamas fighters and unlike Fauda in which Israeli Arabs play Palestinian characters and speak Arabic, in the Gaza series all Israeli characters speak Arabic and are portrayed by Arabs. Even actresses portraying secular Israelis wear headscarves in deference to Hamas’ interpretation of Islamic law.

The tunnels were not under empty fields, but under apartment buildings and houses. Pictured: Gaza City (Credit: REUTERS)

The low-budget series attempts to provide some authentic representation of Israeli life, and props include Israeli flags and a portrait of Zionist leader Theodore Herzl.

Such is anti-Israel sentiment in Gaza that actors who have played Jews have faced hostility, harassment and even violence from audiences who seem unable to separate fact from fiction.

“Some women look at me and pray that I die. I’m happy when people insult me. It means I’ve been successful,” said Jawad Harouda, who plays the head of Shin Bet on the series.

Kamila Fadel, an actress on the show, told AFP, “I played a Jewess on one show. After the series aired, a woman tried to strangle me. She said to me: ‘I hate you, you hurt us so much.’ Another day, a 13-year-old boy threw a rock at my head because he thought I was Jewish… that means I played my role well.”

Qabdat al-Ahrar is scheduled to be released in the spring, in time for Ramadan.

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