The second season of the Israeli hit TV show "Fauda" is coming to Netflix worldwide on Thursday, May 24 (although not in Israel). The series follows an elite Shin Bet counterterrorism unit that operates undercover in the Arab population, with the first season focusing on show co-creator Lior Raz's character Doron Kavillio as he returns from retirement to execute notorious Hamas commander Tawfiq Hamed.
The second season sees Doron square off against Nidal Awadalla, an ISIS operative returning from Syria in search of revenge for his father's death at the hands of Kavillio.
In March, "Fauda" won most of the prestigious categories in the Israeli equivalent of the Emmys, taking home awards for best TV drama, best actor for Raz, as well as awards for best directing, screenplay, art direction, costuming, casting and more.
Last December, The New York Times named "Fauda" its best international show of 2017. The series also faced backlash from the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, which demanded that Netflix drop the show for "legitimizing war crimes."
Nevertheless, several critics worldwide have lauded "Fauda" as one of the greatest Israeli TV shows of all time, with many commending the show for its authenticity and realism in depicting the lives of Israeli Mista'arvim commandos ("Mista'arvim" is a Hebrew portmanteau of the words "disguised" and "Arabs"). This was credited to the fact that Raz and co-creator Avi Issacharoff reportedly based the show on their experiences in the Duvdevan Mista'arvim unit. Issacharoff also served as Haaretz's Palestinian and Arab affairs correspondent from 2005 to 2012.
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Ahead of the second season's international release, here are some of Haaretz's top stories on the hit show:
'Fauda': Just Entertainment or Art Reflecting the Damage of the Occupation? | Itay Stern
David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, takes a look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of the hit series (Read the full story here)
'Fauda' creators think Arabs are stupid | Sayed Kashua
In the Israeli TV series there are no rulers or ruled, no occupation, no historical background, no checkpoints, no poverty, no home demolitions, no expulsions, settlers or violent soldiers (Read the full story here)
BDS Movement Urges Netflix to Drop Fauda for 'Supporting Israeli Occupation and Apartheid' | Itay Stern
The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement says hit TV series Fauda ‘legitimizes war crimes’ and ‘breaches international law’ (Read the full story here)
Hollywood Executives Back Netflix After BDS Movement Demands It Pull ‘Fauda’ | JTA
Industry execs praise "nuanced portrayal of issues related to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict" after movement claims program is "an anti-Arab racist, Israeli propaganda tool" (Read the full story here)
'Fauda' Aside, Great Israeli Television Is a Myth | Adrian Hennigan
In many ways, Israeli television mirrors the local high-tech scene, which has become a great incubator but rarely gets to see startups realize their full potential (Read the full story here)