‘Avatar’ in the West Bank
Posted on Feb 14, 2010
Some Palestinians in Billin, the West Bank town famous for its civil disobedience, have taken a cue from the movie “Avatar.” Demonstrators have painted themselves blue, citing a parallel between their cause and that of the film’s indigenous protagonists, who fight against a foreign occupying force. —JCL
Palestinian protesters painted themselves blue and dress up as Na’vi from Avatar in protest of [...] Israel’s separation barrier near the village of Billin. Protest demonstrators painted themselves blue, donned long hair and slipped into loincloths in accord with the look of the Na’vi from James Cameron’s Avatar.
Israel insists the barrier is necessary for the nation’s security while Palestinians consider it a scheme to steal land.
Palestinian protesters parallel their endeavour to that of the Na’vi fighting for their land and culture drawing similarities to the plot of the #1 grossing film of all time as altercations with Israeli security forces often involve stones and tear gas.
AP / Bernat Armangue
Palestinian demonstrators from the village of Billin dressed as figures from the movie “Avatar” during a protest against Israel’s separation barrier near Ramallah.