BDS activists demand Netflix drop 'racist' Israeli TV series ‘Fauda’
The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has called on Netflix to drop the hit Israeli action drama series “Fauda” from its platform, claiming the show serves as “propaganda” for the Israeli army and legitimizes “war criminals”.
The show "Fauda," or chaos in Arabic, follows an Israeli undercover anti-terror unit operating in the West Bank. It was picked up by Netflix after captivating fans worldwide with its first season, which tells the story of a Hamas militant being pursued by an Israeli undercover unit through meticulously constructed scenes reflective of the daily lives of Israelis and Palestinians.
The show’s hotly anticipated second season is set to hit the streaming platform on May 24.
In a letter sent Wednesday to Netflix, the BDS international movement called on Netflix to “stop broadcasting and not to produce the third season of the series”, threatening legal action against the company if it does not remove the first season of the show from its platform.
“Fauda,” the letter said, serves as “racist propaganda for the Israeli occupying army and displays aggression towards the Palestinian people, and the process it is leading for freedom and independence.”
“This is a series that is racist against Arabs and that encourages violating international law and human rights — which could lead us to take legal actions against Netflix,” it continued.
The campaigners also took aim at the show’s frontrunners, Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz, who are both veterans of the real Israeli undercover anti-terror unit on which the show is based.
“The series gives legitimization to war criminals and its two writers are graduates of the death companies of undercover soldiers in the occupying army,” they wrote. “They are collaborators with the occupation apparatus, the Israeli colonialism and apartheid.”
Netflix did not immediately respond to the letter, Haaretz reported.
In remarks carried by Israeli media outlets, Issacharoff and Raz called the campaign’s targeting of the show “regrettable” but welcomed the publicity.
“We want to thank the BDS movement in whose merit those Palestinians who have not yet seen ‘Fauda’ will now find a way to watch the series,” Issacharoff said. “Just yesterday we talked with a friend in Gaza who didn’t stop praising the first season of the series.”
“It is regrettable to see the BDS movement trying to harm an Israeli work whatever it may be, no matter what its content,” he added. “We have no choice but to wish them no success.”
“Fauda” is the first Israeli television show in both Hebrew and Arabic. Two-thirds of the show is in Arabic, with the characters played by Jewish and Arab Israelis.
In 2016, it won six Ophir prizes awarded by the Israeli Academy of Film and Television, including best dramatic series.
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bds members and supporters should be shot in the face!
bds hates when the truth gets out. they are nothing but a group of anti-Semitic nazi filth. death to them and their extended dog like families
Love this show and can't wait for more !