Arab Labor - Now Airing Saturdays at 7pm Pacific / 10pm Eastern
This fall, Link TV presents the U.S. broadcast premiere of the controversial hit Israeli comedy series Arab Labor (Avoda Aravit).
Created by Sayed Kashua, a 32-year-old Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, Arab Labor (translated from the Hebrew â??Avoda Aravitâ?? which colloquially implies â??shoddy or second-rate workâ??) focuses on Amjad, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity as he seeks high status in the society into which he was born but where his car is searched everyday when he drives from his neighborhood to his job at a newspaper in Jerusalem.
Poking fun at the cultural divide, Kashua and his characters play on religious, cultural and political differences to daringly depict the mixed society that is Israel. ;; This show marked a milestone on Israeli television as the first program to present Palestinian characters speaking Arabic on primetime. Arab Labor has generated great controversy between Arab and Israeli media and Link TV is premiering the program to the U.S. television audience in order to offer a fresh perspective on Israeli-Palestinian cultural friction while presenting an unbelievably entertaining show that has made an international splash.
Arab Labor airs Saturdays at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern
"â?¦A groundbreaking TV show that finds humor in sharing a homeland."
The Chicago Tribune
"Kashua has managed to barge through cultural barriers and bring an Arab point of view into the mainstream of Israeli entertainment."
The New York Times
Arab Labor Cast
Amjad (Norman Issa): A Palestinian-Israeli journalist working in Jerusalem
Meir (Mariano Idelman): Amjad's Jewish-Israeli coworker at the newspaper
Bushra (Clara Khoury): Amjad's wife, mother of Maya
Amal (Mira Awad): A Palestinian-Israeli attorney to whom Meir is attracted
Arab Labor Episode 1 - The Car
Regions: Middle East
Topics: Music / Art / Culture
Amjad is stopped regularly on the road for a security check by police and does not understand why, because he thinks he looks like the average Israeli. Meir tells him that it is because the Subaru he drives is considered an Arab car. Amjad decides to trade in his Subaru and gets into trouble with the owners of the chop shop. All this is going on while Amjad the journalist has to explain in the media why Arabs are involved in more traffic accidents