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Ben-Gvir cancels appearance by ‘Fauda’ actor who legitimized attacks on IDF

Actor Hisham Suliman previously said that Palestinians in Judea and Samaria "have a right to fight and oppose the occupation."

National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir at the Israel Police Independence Day ceremony in Jerusalem, April 20, 2023. Photo by Oren Ben Hakoon/Flash90.
National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir at the Israel Police Independence Day ceremony in Jerusalem, April 20, 2023. Photo by Oren Ben Hakoon/Flash90.

Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir canceled the participation of “Fauda” actor Hisham Suliman in a conference on Tuesday over his prior legitimization of attacks on IDF soldiers.

Ben-Gvir organized the event for Arab authorities in northern Israel.

Israeli media had previously quoted Suliman as saying that Palestinians in Judea and Samaria “have a right to fight and oppose the occupation…. A soldier who is in the [West] Bank and someone attacks him—I do not think that is a terror attack.”

Said Ben-Gvir on Tuesday: “Whoever gives legitimacy to harming IDF soldiers and is not loyal to the State of Israel absolutely cannot receive payment from the state and perform at National Security Ministry events,” adding, “Not under my watch.”

Presented bilingually in Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles, “Fauda” tells the story of an elite undercover unit in the Israel Defense Forces with a focus on Israeli agent Doron Kavillio, played by the show’s co-creator, Lior Raz. 

Produced by Yes Satellite Television Company, “Fauda,” which means “chaos” in Arabic, became a global hit almost immediately after its first season aired. It is considered the strongest TV brand exported by Israel, and has aired in some 190 countries through Netflix.

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