Netflix and Israel: A special relationship

By Belen Fernandez

As with various entertainment platforms, Netflix has been willingly subsumed into the Israeli hasbara industry

Back in 2016, the Israeli embassy in the United States tweeted with regard to Netflix’s global expansion: “For the 5+/- days a year the weather’s not good… @Netflix, now in Israel!”

What fortune, indeed, that Israel managed to erect itself on stolen land with such favourable meteorology.

And speaking of luck, Netflix has proven itself a veritable godsend for Israel, for a lot more than five days out of the year.

As with various entertainment platforms, Netflix has been willingly subsumed into the Israeli hasbara industry.

Celebrating Mossad

The latest pro-Israel production to grace subscribers’ screens is the six-part Netflix series The Spy, starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Israel’s celebrated Mossad agent Eli Cohen, executed in Damascus in 1965. 

Predictably, the series humanises Cohen as a humble, loving and dedicated patriot engaged in noble subterfuge on behalf of innocent Israelis under attack from dastardly Syria.

No mention is made of Israel’s preeminent role as attacker-provocateur, while its history of mass slaughter in the service of predatory regional designs is – as usual – disappeared under the mantra of “self-defence”.

The point of Israeli propaganda is to invert the victimiser-victim relationship

But The Spy is only the beginning. Search “Israel” on Netflix and you’re bombarded with all sorts of offerings, from Inside the Mossad to Fauda, a series about “a top Israeli agent [who] comes out of retirement to hunt for a Palestinian fighter he thought he’d killed”.

In the trailer, we learn that “Abu Ahmad has the blood of 116 Israelis on his hands” and that “no other terrorist has killed so many: men, women, children, elderly, soldiers”.

Never mind, then, real-life episodes such as that time in 2014 that the Israeli military had the blood of 2,251 Palestinians on its hands, including 299 women and 551 children.

The point of Israeli propaganda is to invert the victimiser-victim relationship, such that Israel’s institutionalised terrorisation of Palestinians is somehow retaliatory in nature, while those on the receiving end of more than seven decades of Israeli aggression are cast in the role of aggressors.

The moral of the story

The Netflix list goes on. Also featured are two films titled The Angel and The Spy Who Fell to Earth, released in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and concerning the same character: Egyptian Ashraf Marwan, son-in-law of late president Gamal Abdel Nasser.

In their book Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars, Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman note that Marwan was the coordinator of a 1973 Libyan-Egyptian-Palestinian plot to shoot down an Israeli El Al airliner in Italy, in response to Israel’s shooting down of a Libyan airliner, which killed 105 people on board.

Marwan personally delivered the requisite missiles to the appointed Palestinians in Rome, but “the plot failed … What the Libyan, Egyptian, and Palestinian conspirators never knew was the secret about Marwan: He was a paid agent for the Mossad, one of the best Israel ever had.”

While the moral of the story for Arabs is perhaps that spying for Israel is a good way to achieve posthumous Netflix stardom, this particular anecdote should also effectively annihilate Israel’s claims to have the wellbeing and security of its citizens at heart.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Gideon Raff attend a screening for The Spy in LA on 5 September (AFP)
Sacha Baron Cohen and Gideon Raff attend a screening for The Spy in LA on 5 September (AFP)

Then there’s When Heroes Fly, the 2018 series about four Israeli military veterans traumatised by the 2006 war on Lebanon; just because Israel did the vast majority of killing and other damage doesn’t mean the role of victim should be wrested from its soldiers.

A Haaretz article assures us that “Netflix’s New Israeli Thriller ‘When Heroes Fly’ Is Almost as Much Fun as ‘Fauda’” and that the series is “gripping enough to satisfy anyone with a ‘Fauda’-shaped hole in their lives”. To be sure, it’s hard to think of anything more fun than war and trauma.

Last but not least, there’s the Netflix film The Red Sea Diving Resort, about the Mossad’s white-saviour efforts in the 1980s to evacuate Ethiopian Jews via Sudan to the Promised Land.

(Of course, the land in question would turn out to be not so promising for many, as Ethiopians who were forcibly administered contraceptive drugs or shot by Israeli police can presumably testify.)

The film is directed by Gideon Raff, who also created The Spy and Hatufim, the inspiration for everyone’s favourite racist series, Homeland – to which Raff contributed as well. Talk about finding your niche.

Shameless spectacle

Apparently, there’s nothing incongruous about Israelis wailing over death and displacement in Ethiopia – and the moral imperative to save the victims – when the entire Israeli enterprise is built on, well, death and displacement.

The Nakba in 1948 saw hundreds of Palestinian villages destroyed, 15,000 Palestinians murdered, and an additional 750,000 forced to flee their homes.

The pattern of ethnic cleansing has only continued since, punctuated by straight-up bouts of slaughter.

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In what can only be described as a spectacle of utter shamelessness, The Red Sea Diving Resort includes lines like this one from a blond female Israeli agent: “We’re all just refugees, aren’t we?” 

The film ends with the reminder that “there are currently more than 65 million displaced refugees around the world”; to hell with the fact that, thanks to Israel, there are well over seven million Palestinian ones.

And while a male agent in the film alleges that there’s “another bloody genocide” transpiring in Ethiopia but that “nobody gives a shit because it’s in Africa”, Israel’s genocidal quest to wipe out Palestinian identity is evidently of no similar concern.

As it turns out, my own Netflix search for “Palestine” – ditto for “Lebanon” and “Syria” – produced largely the same smorgasbord of Israeli spy thrillers and other “fun”.

When I tried searching “Nakba”, the top result was Bad Boys II, starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith; a bit further down was The Red Sea Diving Resort.

Disappearing act

I recently contacted Netflix for a response to criticism that it serves as a venue for Israeli propaganda, and received the following statement from a spokesperson: “We’re in the business of entertainment, not media or politics.

“We understand that not all viewers will like all of the programming we offer. It’s why we have a diverse range of content from all over the world – because we believe that great stories come from anywhere.

All Netflix shows feature ratings and information to help members make their own decisions about what’s right for themselves and their families.”

Just because there is ‘Arabic content’ on Netflix doesn’t mean it does anything to humanise or contextualise the Palestinian struggle

My attention was also directed to some examples of the “diverse Arabic content on the service and under development”, the first being Comedians of the World, a show featuring 47 international comedians – four of them in the Middle East.

But it’s a far cry from Middle Eastern comedians to the likes of The Spy – which, like all Israel-centric “entertainment”, is inherently political – and just because there is “Arabic content” on Netflix doesn’t mean it does anything to humanise or contextualise the Palestinian struggle.

Netflix’s special relationship with Israel may be lucrative for those involved, but by helping to boost Israel’s ratings in a show of brutality that has already gone on seven decades too long, the company is entirely complicit in Israel’s Palestinian disappearing act.


The Homosexualisation of Christmas

Sodom and Gomorrah were two cities mentioned in the Book of Genesis and throughout the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and in the deuterocanonical books, as well as in the Quran and the hadith. The whole area surrounding the Dead Sea to this day, is a hot, dry, saline desert, exactly as described in the Tanach. The ashen remains of what seems to be once big and prosperous cities, can be found in the areas around the Dead Sea. The sea is called “dead” because its high salinity prevents macroscopic aquatic organisms, such as fish and aquatic plants, from living in it.
One of the most prevalent sins in Sodom was the homosexuality of the men, engaging in sexual relations with the other men and boys. Sodom is where we get the term “sodomy and sodomites” named after this widespread sin of the town.

The pink mafia are now out to destroy Christmas as well:

If the rainbow warriors have their way, nothing, I repeat, nothing, will be able to elude the radical homosexual juggernaut. The militants do not want anything to escape the clutches of their nefarious agenda.

The activist attempt at the gayification of everything is now even reaching into Christmas – the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Nothing is sacred for the pink mafia. And given that they fully realize that the last obstacle to their complete hegemony is the Christian church, it is no surprise that they are going after it full throttle. And targeting Christmas is a big part of this.

Let me offer you a number of recent examples of this from around the world. I begin in Brazil with this shocker:

Netflix has just released a “gay Jesus” Christmas special called The First Temptation of Christ. The Brazilian comedy group Porta dos Fundos (which literally translates to “back door”) appears to have a real hang-up about our Lord and Christianity in general.

Last December the group released The Last Hangover on Netflix, a movie that blends Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples and The Hangover into a night of drunken debauchery where Jesus disappears.

This year, in this new Christmas special, Jesus turns 30 and brings his gay boyfriend home to meet Mary and Joseph. Already, 1.14 million Brazilians have signed a petition asking Netflix to remove the movie.

Now over 1.6 million people have signed the petition, and you can too:

And then in America we have the Hallmark Channel – a once family-friendly outfit – bowing to pressure from the militants to have a homosexual Christmas show:

Bill Abbott, CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, Hallmark’s parent company, said the network is “open” to the idea of making the TV Yuletide gay. “Have you talked about incorporating stories about same-sex couples at Christmas?”

Occupied Holy Land

The Hollywood Reporter asked in an episode of its TV’s Top 5 podcast recorded November 15. “We’re open to really any type of movie of any type of relationship,” Abbott replied. Hallmark is the leading name in holiday entertainment.

A petition against this has already reached nearly 45,000 signatures:

And a good news story is that Hallmark has pulled a homosexual ad after pressure from conservative groups:

The Hallmark Channel has pulled a commercial featuring brides kissing during a same-sex wedding ceremony, just days after a conservative group launched a campaign calling on the network to pull the ad. The commercial from the wedding planning website, Zola, features a lesbian couple celebrating their nuptials.

The ad first debuted on Hallmark on Dec. 2. Earlier this week, One Million Moms, a division of the American Family Association that claims its mission is to “stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media,” launched a petition urging Hallmark to stop airing the commercial and other LGBTQ content.

Sir Elton John claims Jesus was gay

And then in the UK it seems that Santa has gone gender-neutral:

A viral Facebook post caused a festive controversy on the social media platform when a mom claimed that she received backlash for not using a “gender-neutral” term for Santa Claus, sparking a heated debate.

The story originates from an unnamed mom in Plymouth, England, who claims that she was shamed on a Facebook group after referring to Santa Claus as Father Christmas, the Plymouth Herald reports.

The woman told the outlet, “Santa is now seen as gender-neutral. I was only referring to the book ‘Father Christmas’ by Raymond Briggs, but it’s left me a little confused/on edge about what we are aloud [sic] to say.”

And now we have homosexual nativity scenes depicting Jesus with two dads:

One image of a gay “nativity scene” depicting “Jesus” with “two dads” has been making waves around the internet. The image, which was published by Cameron Esposito, an LGBTQ activist on Twitter, has conservative Christians up in arms over the blasphemy and idolatry of it.

John Travolta, the ‘Homosexual Jewish Men’ Who Control Hollywood .

Apparently the picture was taken at the home of one of Esposito’s neighbors — apparently the entire neighborhood is gay.

It seems that homosexual nativity scenes are just peachy, but normal ones are now verboten:

An Oklahoma public elementary school removed its third-grade live Nativity scene from its annual Christmas production after receiving a threatening letter from an atheist group.

On May 17th, 2016, a day recognized by the federal government as “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia”, an edict emanated forth from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office (PMO) stating that the Liberal government was planning to make additional changes to the “Hate Propaganda” laws (Sections 318 to 320) of the Criminal Code of Canada in order to “protect” the nation’s sexually deviant members.

In Australia things are no better. Consider these last two items. The first comes from Sydney:

Santa has landed in Sydney’s Erskineville, but instead of a white beard and black boots, this Santa wears 20cm heels and fake lashes. And they are offering a twist on the traditional Christmas photo.

Oliver Levi Malouf has transformed the role of Santa Claus into a drag queen, taking time to apply glitter, lashes and lipstick in addition to the big red costume. The Imperial Hotel in Erskineville draws big crowds for its drag shows and this season, it’s introducing Christmas queens.

Finally, consider what appears to be a homosexual Santa in an Australian toy store in Melbourne. Toy Kingdom in Eastland in Ringwood has a large rainbow Santa in its display window.

As far as I could ascertain, there were six colours – which accords with the homosexual rainbow.

I went in and asked what gives with Santa’s red suit going missing, and the young gal said, “Its rainbow now.” She did not reply when I asked her why the change was made. I wonder if other Toy Kingdom stores also have this. If you see one, please let me know thanks. It seems we now may have a sodomy Santa – for children!

These are just some examples of the homosexual war on Christmas. And this has been going on for a while now. As but just one case from a few years ago we had more assaults on our children and on Christmas:

Get ready to see Santa Claus in a new (and refreshingly diverse) light this holiday season, courtesy of a forthcoming parody children’s book. On March 28, publisher Harper Design announced plans to release Santa’s Husband, which re-casts Kris Kringle as a black man in an interracial, same-sex relationship.

Slated for an October release, the book will follow Santa’s life in the North Pole, except in this version, he’ll have a white husband who fills in for him at shopping malls around the world.

The activists want everything to fall under the reach of the rainbow agenda. Nothing is off limits, and Christians are especially being targeted – as are our children.

And they kept insisting that they just wanted to be able to do their own thing in the privacy of their own bedrooms. And they told us nothing would change when homosexual marriage is legalized.

Yeah right. This is the complete transformation of society as they attempt to remake absolutely everything in their own hyper-sexualised image.