Hollywood executives back Netflix over anti-Israel ‘Fauda’ boycott

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By Middle East Affairs

After an organization called for Netflix to boycott an Israeli television series, Hollywood executives are voicing their support for the online streaming service, Reuters reports.

Israeli-made television series “Fauda” is set in the West Bank and tells the story of an Israeli undercover agent who is searching for a Palestinian militant. Netflix is due to release its second season in May.

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) — a Palestinian organization that pushes for global cultural boycott against Israel — posted on its website last week that Netflix should stop streaming “Fauda,” because it “glorifies the Israeli military’s warm crimes against the Palestinian people.”

If Netflix failed to do so, the organization added, it could lead to “nonviolent grassroots pressure and possible legal accountability.”

Reuters said Netflix declined to comment Wednesday.

According to the news agency, more than 50 Hollywood executives have expressed their support for Netflix. In a letter to the Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, they called the BDS movement a “blatant attempt at artistic censorship.”

Signed by the likes of Universal Music Publishing Group Chief Executive Jody Gareson, Geffen Records president Neil Jacobson and music president of Electronic Arts Steve Schnur, the supporters contended that “Fauda” is “a nuanced portrayal of issues related to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.”

“We want you to know that we stand behind you and Netflix in the face of this blatant attempt at artistic censorship.”

BDS has managed in the past, Reuters said, to dissuade music acts such as Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde from performing in Israel.

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