Why This Arab Israeli Made a TV Show About Racist Young Jews

The acclaimed director Tawfik Abu Wael explains why Arab artists who disassociate from the Israeli establishment are guilty of stupidity, and why racism fascinates him

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Tawfik Abu Wael
Tawfik Abu Wael.Credit: David Bachar
Itay Stern
Itay Stern
Itay Stern
Itay Stern

Three years ago, on the eve of the Tisha B’Av fast, directors Joseph Cedar and Tawfik Abu Wael attended a traditional selihot service at a Jerusalem synagogue frequented by young members of the Lehava Jewish supremacist organization. The two were conducting research for their series “Our Boys,” which they created and directed with Hagai Levy, focusing on the two teenagers and young adult convicted of murdering Palestinian youth Mohammed Abu Khdeir in 2014.

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