Ninja Babe in Jerusalem

Presenting the best Palestinian war comedy ever

A chic Palestinian woman in dark glasses strides toward an Israeli checkpoint separating Ramallah from Jerusalem. Armed soldiers shout at her to stop, but she quickens her pace. Then she removes her glasses. Her gaze mesmerizes the guards. As she passes, they wilt in submission--and the tower collapses.

Heard any good Palestinian jokes lately? In TV news clips, the inhabitants of the occupied territories don't seem to be a laughing people. That's one reason Elia Suleiman's Divine Intervention is a cure for nagging ethnic generalities. This Palestinian sort-of-comedy has a sly wit that amuses and disturbs in equal, salubrious measure. From...

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