Created by Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, Arab Labor (translated from the Hebrew "Avoda Aravit", which colloquially implies "shoddy or second-rate work") focuses on Amjad Alian, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity. 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, and it generated great controversy between Arab and Israeli media.
In Season 3, Yoske is struggling to sell his apartment because he has an Arab neighbor, so he asks Amjad to keep a low profile -- or basically to disappear. In order to prove to the world that Israelis and Arabs can live together, Amjad joins the show "Big Brother". Amjad's first task as he walks into the "Big Brother" house is to make everyone in the house believe he is a Jew. Despite putting his all into the task, Amjad must flee the house due to the harsh racism he encounters in there.
This season follows Amjad in his attempts, which some will say are futile, to become a part of the Israeli society. Attempts which are at times pathetic, sometimes outrageous, but always heart-warming and thought-provoking.
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