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made of sea and sunlight ([personal profile] hagar_972) wrote in [community profile] shes_awesome2014-12-09 07:18 pm

B'tulot e02

This week on Maidens:

+ Shelly tracks Hefetz, with Roie’s help
+ Karnit is HBIC, including of her boss
+ Elinor pings my bi-dar
~ Everybody in Eilat is a gossip
+ Uzi’s sister Ruthie got on the first plane from Sweden
~ And something may be up with Shelly and Haim’s daughter, Noam...

Content advisory: not any, unless two idiots walking into a minefield count.

Israeli notes. This episode told us quite a bit about Roie, but this was all in code and likely inaccessible to non-Israelis. See under the cut. Otherwise, Karnit suggests she’s originally from Tiberias (which will likely not play in the story) and no, really, Eilat really is this tiny and gossipy, if not worse.

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Israeli Jews may be divided into two ethnic bins: Ashkenazi and Mizrachi. This is a very gross and inaccurate division. “Ashkenazi” used strictly means of Central-Eastern European descent; “Mizrachi” used strictly means of North African decent but ordinarily would also include West to Central Asia. (There’s also groups that don’t fit into either category, e.g. the Mountain or Italian decent, and then there’s double diasporas. But I digress.) Ashkenazi are the culturally priviledged and dominant group, but Mizrachi are the majority.

Most of the cast on this show are Mizrachi, with the only unambiguous Ashkenazi being Elinor. Roie is visually ambiguous, but this episode codes him as Mizrachi, hard. It does so in several ways. His ring tone is a Mizrachi pop song (Mizrachi pop is often viciously derided by non-Mizrachi people); the chain he wears would be more typical to a person of Mizrachi descent; body language (which we can see more of in this episode); and he grew up in Holon, somewhere he picked up how to pick locks. Most of Holon is a perfectly middle class city, but there’s one or a few poor neighbourhoods, such as Jesse Cohen; there is a very strong Mizrachi slant with the socioeconomics.

That’s not all we learn about Roie in this episode. In the previous episode we were told that he came to Eilat from Yarqon (i.e. Tel Aviv); in this episode we learn that he’s designated a tracker, and that he learned that (and probably his Arabic) in the Border Police. Officially a police force, the Border Police are semi-military and indeed take up a share of draft intake. Roie was likely assigned to the Border Police for his compulsory service; given behavioral markers and apparent young age I’d say Roie is near enough discharge that he’s still in “civvie shock”. (The actor is 22; men serve ages 18-21, so that fits.) There’s an additional issue with Roie being a kid from poor socioeconomic background who ended up in a corps known for severe burnout issues (which manifest not only as PTSD proneness but also as exacerbated racism and cruelty to Palestinian and asylum-seeker populations). People who have a choice about it run away from that; Roie is trading on his military skills in his civilian life, suggesting that other options (such as higher education) may not be available to him.