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Netanyahu calls to boycott Israeli channel behind HBO show

September 1, 2019
FILE - In this July 14, 2019, file photo, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is reaffirming his pledge to impose Israeli sovereignty on West Bank settlements. Speaking Sunday, Sept. 1, at a ceremony opening the new school year in the settlement of Elkana, Netanyahu says there "will be no more displacements" and all the communities will be "part of the state of Israel." (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this July 14, 2019, file photo, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is reaffirming his pledge to impose Israeli sovereignty on West Bank settlements. Speaking Sunday, Sept. 1, at a ceremony opening the new school year in the settlement of Elkana, Netanyahu says there "will be no more displacements" and all the communities will be "part of the state of Israel." (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling for a boycott of an Israeli TV channel for producing the new HBO docudrama “Our Boys,” which he condemned as anti-Semitic.

Netanyahu says the series slanders Israel internationally. The show, co-created by Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers, presents a dramatized rendition of the chaotic events of June 2014 following the abduction of three Israeli teens in the West Bank. It set off a cascade of events leading to that summer’s Gaza war.

Netanyahu was widely condemned Sunday for the remarks, part of his pre-election assault on the media.

Netanyahu has previously accused the Keshet network of “committing a terror attack against democracy.” The station aired leaked reports of police investigation into corruption charges against him.

Netanyahu says Keshet executives tarnish him “on a daily basis.”

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