BDS Movement Urges Netflix to Drop Fauda for 'Supporting Israeli Occupation and Apartheid'

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement says hit TV series Fauda ‘legitimizes war crimes’ and ‘breaches of international law’

Itay Stern
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A scene from the first season of the Israeli show "Fauda," which was purchased by Netflix in November, 2016.
A scene from the first season of the Israeli show "Fauda," which was purchased by Netflix in November, 2016.Credit: Haim Yafim/Yes
Itay Stern

The international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has sent Netflix a letter demanding they to remove the hit Israeli show "Fauda" or face legal action due to what they claimed was the show's complicity in Israel's occupation of the Palestinians.

The Israeli series "Fauda" has enjoyed success both domestically and internationally, and Netflix has announced the release of its widely anticipated second season this May 24.

Purporting to show how Israeli special units and secret services operate in the Palestinian territories, the popular series has attracted criticism by anti-occupation activists and critics who see the display of violence against Palestinians as distasteful.

Until Wednesday, however, no public challenge like the one potentially posed by the BDS movement has challenged the series' success. Calling “Fauda” a medium for “racist propaganda for the Israeli occupation” and an “ostentation of aggression” against the Palestinians and their struggle for liberation, the BDS movement accused Netflix of being a partner in crime of the occupation.


The letter sent to the video streaming site also mentions the series’ creators - Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff - and their former roles in Israel’s army elite units, such as the “Duvdevan” unit which served as one of the inspirations for the show. According to the BDS statement, Raz and  Issacharoff “support the machinery of the occupation, Israeli colonialism and apartheid.”

If Netflix failed to comply with its demands, BDS would consider legal action against a series it calls “racist against Arabs, supportive of violations of international laws and of human rights.”

Issacharoff told Haaretz he sees the campaign as good publicity for “Fauda”, adding that “if any Palestinians have not seen the series yet, they will find a way and watch it.” Issacharoff said he spoke to a friend in Gaza who “could not stop praising the first season of the series.”