“Ala Dakka, who plays Palestinian boxer Bashar in the hit show’s third season, grew up between Israel’s Jewish and Arab worlds”

JEWISH INSIDER
The newest ‘Fauda’ star doesn’t want to play identity politics
by Amy Spiro
May 15, 2020

…Dakka has long been one to swim against the tide. The 25-year-old actor, born to Muslim parents, grew up in Beersheba, the southern city whose residents are 90% Jewish. After high school, he completed a year of national service working as an arts counselor with students in Bat Yam, many of whom had never met an Arab before. His father, a lawyer, hoped Dakka would follow in his footsteps, and wasn’t thrilled when he went into the entertainment business instead. But Dakka stuck with acting, forging a path for himself in the in-between world that has epitomized his quarter century on earth. Caught between his Palestinian roots and his Israeli immersion, Dakka chooses not to fully identify as either. READ MORE

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