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WEST BANK: Palestinian activists take 'Avatar' analogy to heart

February 13, 2010 |  4:04 pm


A couple weeks ago, Babylon & Beyond reported on the controversial comparison between the plight of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation and that of the Na'vi people featured in the hit movie "Avatar." 

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On Friday, Palestinians in the West Bank took the analogy to heart, dressing up as the blue natives of the planet Pandora for their weekly protests against the Israeli occupation and the ongoing construction of a barrier in the town of Bilin. 

The eye-catching publicity stunt, which took place a day after the Israeli government began to reroute the barrier to give Palestinians access to more land, drew journalists, as shown in the video above. 

At first protesters look like they're having fun.

But the Na'vi costumes failed to impress the Israeli soldiers, who fired teargas at them. 

The video splices footage and audio from the movie with scenes from the protest.

"We are here Avatars and Na'vis fighting against the sky people who are taking away our land, and occupying our people," an activist says. "Here, as opposed to Hollywood, this is real."

Los Angeles Times

Videos: Scenes from a protest. Credit: YouTube. Photo: Screen grab from video.
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