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NBC: We Don't DIG Occupation!

NBC is cooperating with Israeli authorities and the Keshet Media Group to produce a new action series that will be set and shot in occupied East Jerusalem. The series, DIG, will be aired on its USA cable channel.

Going through with this project means NBC is supporting Israel's illegal activities in East Jerusalem and makes the network complicit in Israeli crimes against Palestinians such as residency revocation, home demolitions, land confiscation, and forced population transfer. This series will also help Israel whitewash its occupation, apartheid system, and war crimes. 

Learn more below as groups and activists demand NBC not take any part in this project promoting Israeli apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and colonization in occupied East Jerusalem.

(Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

We Don't DIG Occupation and Apartheid
by Ramah Kudaimi, Membership & Outreach Coordinator
February 20th, 2015
#DIGDeeper to Expose NBC Whitewashing Israeli War Crimes

US Campaign Letter to Jason Isaacs
May 29th, 2014
Letter delivered to the actor explaining the problems with DIG.
Palestinian Artists to Jason Isaacs
April 3rd, 2014
Letter sent to Jason asking him to pull out of DIG.
Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem Letter to NBC
December 25th, 2013
Activists wrote to NBC seeking assurances that the series won't be filmed in any other East Jerusalem location and that there will be no cooperation with Israeli authorities there.
NBC Letter to the General Delegation of the PLO to the US
December 20th, 2013
NBC claiming that no filming will take place in Silwan.
PLO Calls on NBC to Halt Production
December 10th, 2013
PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi's statement about the DIG series.
Civic National Commission on Jerusalem Letter to NBC
December 8th, 2013
Palestinian civil society and national institutions call on NBC to terminate this film project promoting Israeli apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and colonization in occupied East Jerusalem.

Media Coverage
"We don’t Dig apartheid!” Israeli activists disrupt NBC shoot in Jaffa
June 27th, 2014
Electronic Intifada article including video of protest.
At Today Show, NYers Protest NBC Show DIG’s Support for Israel’s Occupation of East Jerusalem
June 18th, 2014
The crowd, crew, and security at NBC’s Today Show turned to look at the colorful signs and Palestinian flags and to listen to the chants as the protesters circled the plaza.
Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs helping Israel “Dig” in to occupied Jerusalem
by Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada
June 11th, 2014
Actor Jason Isaacs confronted on occupied Jerusalem set over role in Israel-funded TV show.
Human Rights Groups Accuse NBC of Deceit About DIG Filming Locations in Occupied East Jerusalem
June 5th, 2014
As Palestinians mark 47 years of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, human rights groups are accusing NBC of complicity in Israel’s violations of international law and human rights by filming its new series DIG in occupied East Jerusalem, after clearly stating that they would not do so.
NBC’s ‘Dig’ starts filming in Jerusalem
May 30th, 2014
Cast and crew for the series arrive in Jerusalem and meet with Israeli officials.
"Homeland" co-creator wants Israel to be prime spot for U.S. TV shows
May 13th, 2014
Palestinian Rights Activists Deliver Petition Demanding NBC Not Film in Occupied East Jerusalem
May 6th, 2014
NBC refuses to accept a petition signed by more than 5,000 people calling on the network to end its involvement in the action series DIG.
Israel woos foreign film, TV producers with $6.3 million grants
February 22nd, 2014
The first recipient is NBC, which will film the series DIG.
Series From ‘Homeland,’ ‘Heroes’ Producers Gets New Israeli Production Grant
February 20th, 2014
This newly created grant from the Israeli government and the Jerusalem municipality is designed to lure big-budget projects.
Jason Isaacs to Star in USA's 'Dig' Event Series
February 14th, 2014
Did NBC kibosh plan to use settlement as location because of pressure from human-rights advocates?
December 24th, 2013
‘Dig’ will avoid filming in eastern Jerusalem neighborhood, NBC says
December 23rd, 2013
NBCUniversal assured the Palestine Liberation Organization that it will not film an upcoming television series in an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood.
After Palestinian pressure, NBC denies plans to shoot TV series in East Jerusalem
December 23rd, 2013
NBC denies it ever intended to shoot 'Dig', co-written by Gideon Raff of Homeland fame, at City of David National Park.
‘NBCUniversal’ pledges not to use occupied Silwan as location for archaeological thriller
December 21st, 2013
Coverage from Mondoweiss.
Palestinians urge NBC to cancel show that aids Israel’s Jerusalem land grab
December 16th, 2013
Electronic Intifada article.
New American TV series to be filmed at City of David
November 14th, 2013
Haaretz article quoting Israeli officials about the location of filming and hopes to use the series to promote Jerusalem.
First-ever US TV series to be filmed entirely in Israel
November 13th, 2013
Globes article that includes information about funding from Israel for the series.
From USA, a Mystery Series Shot in Old Jerusalem
November 12th, 2013
NYT article highlighting cooperation with Nir Barkat, Israeli mayor of Jerusalem.