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Jewish group says Roald Dahl Netflix deal must include film on his anti-Semitism

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Days after Netflix announced a massive deal with the estate of Roald Dahl, a UK Jewish communal group said Friday that the streaming service must also make a documentary that addresses the author’s “virulent” antisemitism.

“The virulent antisemitism of Roald Dahl is well-known, and has sadly marred the full enjoyment of his works for many Jewish (and other) people,” said Marie van der Zyl, the president of the Board of Deputies.

“We do not believe that Netflix should be prefacing every film and TV series it adapts from Dahl’s works with disclaimers about his bigotry. However, we fear that, as part of Netflix’s stated plans to create a ‘unique universe’ around his works, a by-product of that may be to present Dahl – whether on-screen or off it – as some sort of paragon of kindness and virtue,” Van der Zyl said in the statement.

“Netflix should produce a documentary fully exploring the antisemitism that so tarnishes Dahl’s legacy. Failure to do so will not go unnoticed,” the statement read.

The video streaming giant said Wednesday that it acquired the Roald Dahl Story Co., which manages the rights to the author’s characters and stories. No financial terms were disclosed.

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