New Israeli TV Drama Raises Troubling Question: What if Haredi Jews Seceded?

If you thought Fauda was suspenseful, get ready for Autonomies, a new show slated for broadcast later this year on Israeli TV. The premise is as simple as it is startling: Unable to resolve their differences, secular and haredi Jews decided to split up into two autonomous states, the secular one announcing Tel Aviv as its capital and the religious one keeping Jerusalem and building a new wall around the holy city.

The show’s protagonist, Broideh, is a small-town haredi crook, portrayed by Asi Cohen, one of Israel’s best-known comics. He ekes out a living smuggling soft-core porn and other contraband from the heathens by the sea to his pious brothers and sister in the haredi enclave. Captured, he is forced to play a part in a gruesome plot, kidnapping a young girl from her secular parents and returning her to her haredi family in Jerusalem.

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