The PLO is upset. Well, they always are, but over this, too.
The six-episode event series marks the first project commitment by Jeff Wachtel in his new role as NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment‘s newly appointed president and chief content offer.
“Places in such constant turmoil like the Middle East resonate in other cultures,” Wachtel told the Journal. “There’s such a vibrant culture there that they’re throwing out into the world.”
“Dig,” slated to film entirely in Jerusalem and debut to U.S. audiences via USA Network, will follow a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent posted in the holy city who stumbles upon a potentially world-changing conspiracy 200 years in the making while investigating the murder of a female archaeologist.
“When we combine Hollywood’s creative potential with Jerusalem’s historic backdrop, it will result in the ability to connect hundreds of millions of viewers around the world to this unique and beautiful city. There is an undeniable inspiration and creative energy in Jerusalem, which is why it has become a center for international film production,” said Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, in a statement.
“This is not about budget,” added Wachtel, speaking about the reasons for shooting in the capital city. “The first reason is authenticity.”
Hanan Ashrawi is calling on NBC to drop the project, because, well, it may show Jerusalem as being somehow vaguely related to Judaism, which is of course an unpardonable crime. To them, Jerusalem may only be shown as a war-torn area where hook-nosed Jews are raping and slaughtering Arab babies with the very keys that symbolize that "Palestinians" lived there since the Pleistocene epoch. Anything less is a whitewash of Israeli crimes.
Ashrawi said that NBC should withdraw for "legal and ethical reasons."
Remember that Ashrawi's own organization described Jews as slaughtering non-Jewish children to drink their blood for Passover. (Their response insulting me for discovering their hate is still on their website.) Her organization has also praised terrorists and suicide bombers, attacked Judaism, and is against peaceful dialogue between Arabs and Jews.
She's so damned ethical!
Usually the PLO is much faster at whining about things like this. Back in the 1970s, every time a water boiler exploded in Israel the Ashrawi's PLO would take credit for another wonderful bombing. Must be the "occupation" that is slowing them down.