The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is calling for its followers in content creation to boycott an Arab.
The new target of the anti-Israel movement is Nuseir Yassin, a 28-year-old from an Arab-Israeli town in the Galilee. Known as Nas Daily, the young man rose to fame with daily videos from his travel around the world. He amassed more than 17 million subscribers on Facebook. And I have been a fan of his for a while.
“The Palestinian National Committee for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) calls – [in] the widest coalition in Palestinian society in the homeland and diaspora – [for] content makers and influencers in the Arab region to boycott the upcoming ‘Nas Daily’ program, which aims to implicate them in normalizing relations with Israel and cover up its crimes,” BDS said in a statement in Arabic on its website. “While the National Boycott Committee salutes the content makers who refused to engage in this normalization project, it calls on all participants to withdraw immediately and refrain from [justifying the] cover up the crimes of the occupation, in commitment to their national and moral responsibility first, and based on their responsibility as influencers and content makers secondly.”
BDS said Yassin “is steeped in normalization” with Israel and “produces and broadcasts soft, normalized content that wrestles Israel from its true context and nature based on criminality and ethnic cleansing.” The movement also noted with disappointment that Israelis work at “Nas Academy” training Arab content creators.
Yassin has brushed off BDS in the past accusing the movement of harming people like him — a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship.
“If you want to boycott Israel because of Palestine, I don’t think you actually care because you’re also boycotting two million Muslim Palestinian Israelis,” he said.
Yassin has brought together Israelis and Palestinians for dialogue and maintains: “The majority of Jews and Arabs actually want to get along.” He is appears regularly on Israeli evening news.
“Don’t let the few bad apples ruin it for everybody.”
Popular Palestinian Vlogger, Nas Yassin (screenshot)