“You can be better than the Jews in every way.” So Eyad goes, but the beginning is not easy.
The Rami Levy supermarket chain is alleged to have ostracized and created a hostile work environment for one of its branch managers after it was learned that she was dating an Arab Muslim man, Army Radio reported on Wednesday.Eyad’s complex character is impressively brought to life by Tawfeek Barhom, a 24-year-old Israeli-Arab actor.His love interest, Naomi, is played by Danielle Kitzis, who was born in the United States and later immigrated to Israel with her parents.People would make hurtful comments like, ‘Why are you doing that to yourself?’, ‘You gotta get back on your feet,’ things like that.”The former manager said that the supermarket chain transferred her boyfriend to another branch even though they had ceased dating.“They said that us working together in the same place created a distraction,” she said.She added that her ordeal took place with the full knowledge of Rami Levi, the CEO and founder.
Rami Levy has been at the center of a media firestorm after news outlets reported that his outlet mistreated employees by forcing them to work excessive hours without breaks.
The other is the free-spirited Naomi, who introduces Eyad to Hebrew slang, and the two start dating surreptitiously. “Tell me you’re a lesbian,” she tells her daughter.
“Tell me you have cancer, but don’t tell me you are dating an Arab boy.” Eventually, Eyad leaves school, in part to allow Naomi to reconcile with her parents and also to pass a security check for a job in the army intelligence service.
A class discussion on who started the 1948 war proves awkward, and in another class debate, Eyad lashes out that even the most perceptive Israeli writers, such as Amos Oz and A. Yehoshua, draw Arab characters as sexual fantasy figures or “signifiers of otherness.” Finally, Eyad connects with two of his classmates.
One is Yonatan, who is also an “other” because his muscular dystrophy forces him to navigate the school grounds in a wheelchair.
A case in point for the first phenomenon is “A Borrowed Identity,” which revolves around Eyad, a very bright Palestinian boy from a small West Bank town.