The month of Ramadan can be likened to the Arab world's television sweepstakes: Any self-respecting television channel aims to make the viewers' evenings – traditionally marked by a meal breaking that day's fast – more enjoyable. Hezbollah's TV channel is no different.
This year, the Shiite organization's official network al-Manar offers viewers the opportunity to relish the heroics of "The Victors," which depicts the "heroism of the people of South Lebanon in the days of Israeli occupation."
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The series' outline declares it to be "a human Lebanese drama that stems from the social environ of early Jihad resistance, which fought Israeli occupation in 1982.
"The series depict the glory and sacrifice of the resistance fighters and their families against the oppression."
Hezbollah's "Victors" is one of 28 new television shows awaiting eager Ramadan viewers. It features 150 Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian actors and its creators said that "if the Israeli enemy watches the show they will be surprised."
Saudi Arabia's MBC Network is another network using Israel to tantalize viewers: This Ramadan, MBC introduced its viewers to the adventures of Abid Karman – a young man with a mission.
MBC describes the show as "A political drama taking place after the war of 1967 and revolves around a young Palestinian man holding Israeli nationality. It tells the story of his recruitment by the Egyptian intelligence to work against the Israelis.
"The series depicts the training Abid had undergone for his mission and how he managed to build a wide network of connections through the establishment of a Halawah factory."
The show is said to be based on the memoirs of Maher Abd al-Hamid, who was a double agent serving both Egypt and Israel during the War of Attrition.
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