Politics Aside, Life (And Television) Goes On

Palestinian television has launched its first-ever locally produced soap opera, and its immediate popularity says much about modern life in the Occupied Territories. “Politics are in the air, naturally, but are rarely center stage. References to guns and checkpoints are rare. In the one episode that deals with the road map – a US plan to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – most of the characters acknowledge that they don’t really know what the road map represents.”