Egypt’s ‘Jewish Quarter’ wins top award at Bahrain TV festival

Julie Wiener

(JTA) — An Egyptian TV miniseries called “The Jewish Quarter” won the top TV award at a radio and television festival in Bahrain.

The series, which premiered in June 2015, was named Best TV Series at the 14th Gulf Radio and Television Festival in Manama, Ahram Online reported Tuesday.

The series, which first aired during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, is about an Egyptian Jewish family in the 1950s and focuses on the doomed romance between a Jewish girl and a Muslim man.

According to Ahram Online, the Israeli Embassy in Egypt initially praised the series on its Facebook page but then reversed its opinion, writing, “The series is starting to adopt a negative approach in its views about Israel as a nation, depicting it as a monster who wants to destroy everybody.”

The series often cast the Muslim Brotherhood as a greater threat to Egypt’s unity and security than the Jews and, sometimes, even the Zionists. That represented a major departure from previous Egyptian Ramadan TV shows, which traded in negative tropes and stereotypes about Jews.

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