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

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly. See all his writing at