Palestinians as Avatar’s Na’vi

What: An eye-catching and creative response to Israel’s illegal occupation

Where: The village of Bil’in in West Bank, Palestine (Wikipedia link)

When: Friday, 12 February 2010

Oren Ziv/AFP/Getty Images

…[T]here are weekly demonstrations against the security barrier Israel is building near the West Bank village of Bilin. In part because they are so regular, these protests tend not to generate much news coverage.

Last Friday, as The Associated Press reported, some of the protesters tried to change things up by painting themselves blue and wearing loinclothes, pointy ears and tails to the demonstration to draw a parallel, they said, between the situation of the Palestinians and the oppressed characters in the film “Avatar.”


Bernat Armangue/AP

“When people around the world who have watched the film see our demonstration and the conditions that provoked it, they will realize that the situations are identical,” said Mohammed Khatib, one of the leading Palestinian protesters against the barrier.

Upon reaching the barrier they were met with Israeli forces who fired dozens of rounds of tear gas and sound grenades. “At first they were surprised,” Khatib said with a laugh. “But then they began shooting and we felt like it was a scene from the movie again, except it was real, and it was taking place in the village.”


Homemade teargas protection:

Darren Whiteside/Reuters

Darren Whiteside/Reuters

Choked by the teargas:

Bernat Armangue/AP

Bernat Armangue/AP

And here’s the video of the town of  Bil’in reenacting Avatar.



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