LOS ANGELES — More than 50 Hollywood executives have thrown their support behind Netflix, which is facing a campaign by a Palestinian-led movement to drop Israeli television series “Fauda” from its streaming platform.
In a letter on Tuesday to Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, the executives from record labels and Hollywood talent agencies called the move by the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement a “blatant attempt at artistic censorship.”
“Fauda” is an Israeli-made television thriller set in the West Bank about an Israeli undercover agent who comes out of retirement to hunt for a Palestinian militant.
The show, which features dialog in both Hebrew and Arabic, was first broadcast on Israeli television in 2015 and premiered on Netflix in December 2016. Netflix is due to release the second season in May.
In a posting on its website last week, the BDS called on Netflix to “nix ‘Fauda’”, saying the series “glorifies the Israeli military’s war crimes against the Palestinian people.”
“Failing to do so will open Netflix to nonviolent grassroots pressure and possible legal accountability,” the posting added.
The campaign against “Fauda” is the latest move since 2005 by BDS to promote a global cultural boycott against Israel.
It has succeeded in recent years in dissuading a number of music acts, including Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, Elvis Costello and New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, from performing in Israel.