A famous comedian once said, “Comedy is tragedy plus time.” One of the purest examples of this is when we witness someone falling down. Someone falling down should not be funny. They could be injured. They could be dead. But
As children, we were constantly admonished against laughing. “For shame,” (يا عيب) would be the normative idiom with which we would be reprimanded. It is considered bad manners, ayb (عيب), to laugh out loud wi
I have been collecting Palestinian political jokes and other Palestinian folk narratives since early 1988, shortly after the beginning of the Palestinian uprising against the Israeli Occupation, known as the Intifada.
Even with the boot of oppression on our necks and up our butts, we sometimes still manage to laugh in order to maintain our sanity. At tables in homes of freedom fighters and liberators in Mozambique, Tanzania, and the United St