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April 13, 2014 10:50 AM Comedy Keeps Us Going

By Martin Longman

Joel Warner and Peter McGraw went to Palestine to find out what kind of jokes they tell. They found some good ones:

Later, we got to know stand-up comic Adi Khalefa, who claims to be the funniest guy from Nazareth since Jesus. He talks about getting on a plane in Israel and noticing a sign on the bathroom reading “Occupied.”
“Not just Palestine is occupied, the bathroom on the airplane is occupied?” he cries, before launching into a faux nationalistic chant: “From the river to the sea, our bathroom will be free!”

I assume humor flourishes wherever things are grim. It’s what keep people from despairing.

Martin Longman is the Web Editor for the Washington Monthly and the main blogger at Booman Tribune. He has worked as a community organizer for ACORN/Project Vote and as a political consultant for Democracy for America.

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