Watching "Friends" in Gaza: A Culture Clash

[New York Times] Michael Kimmelman - At the New Sound store in the middle of Gaza City, metal shelves bulge with dusty audiotapes extolling Hamas, Fatah and Islamic Jihad. Alongside them are DVDs of not-yet-officially-released movies like "You Don't Mess With the Zohan." Do Gazans living under Hamas buy much Western music or Western movies? "Of course," answered the owner, Amer Kihail. Culture is a central battleground for control of Gaza. Gazans may loathe Israel but have worked there, and they've experienced Western life as many other Arabs haven't.

2008-09-09 01:00:00

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