Disney to roll out Israeli superhero in ‘Captain America’ film — irking Arabs

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The Walt Disney Company is planning to introduce an Israeli comic book superhero in the next installment of Marvel’s own “Captain America” ​​film franchise – amid concerns among billions that it will reinforce negative stereotypes for mass audiences .

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Sabra, also known as Ruth the Bat-Seraph, is a fictional “human mutant” superheroine who moonlights as a Mossad agent and a police officer. He has great strength and stamina.

The character, whose costume includes the blue Star of David emblazoned on the national flag of Israel, has appeared in the comic book versions of “The Incredible Hulk”, as well as occasionally in the comic book versions of “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “X-Men”. Cameo done.

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“Sabra” is a Hebrew slang term for a Native Israeli Jew. A sabra is a prickly pear cactus fruit and is used metaphorically to describe Israelites as rough and spiky on the outside but soft on the inside.

Israeli actress Shira Haas, best known for her role in the popular Netflix series “Unorthodox”, has been tapped to portray Sabra in the 2024 release of “Captain America: New World Order”, according to entertainment trade publications.

Israeli actress Shira Haas will portray Israeli comic book superhero Sabra in the next installment of Marvel’s “Captain America” ​​movie franchise.
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Palestinian sympathizers fear that moviegoers will see a romantic portrayal of a character who works for an Israeli spy agency.

The 1981 version of “The Incredible Hulk” includes a scene in which Sabra is seen kneeling beside the body of a young Palestinian boy killed as a result of an act of terrorism by the Arabs.

“The boy is dead because both the boy’s people and you want to be the owners of the land! The boy is dead because you won’t share!” The Hulk tells Sabra.

Israeli actress Shira Haas, 27, who starred in the hit Netflix series UnOrthodox, will portray Sabra in "Captain America: New World Order," which will premiere in 2024.
Haas, the 27-year-old Israeli actress who starred in the hit Netflix series “UnOrthodox,” will portray Sabra in “Captain America: New World Order,” which will premiere in 2024.
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Human rights organizations based in Israel, Palestine and abroad have accused Israel’s security services of committing serious crimes against Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

“This comic doesn’t suggest anything positive about how the film will play out,” said Palestinian-American writer Yousef Munair, a DC-based think tank. told CNN.

Munayer said the “concept” of romanticizing Israeli spies is “insensitive and shameful.”

Arab-Americans expressed concern that Sabra would perpetuate negative stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims.
Arab-Americans expressed concern that Sabra would perpetuate negative stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims.
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“The glorification of violence in the mass media against Palestinians, and especially against Arabs and Muslims, has a long and ugly history in the West and has remarkable staying power,” he said.

According to Munair, Marvel’s announcement that Sabra will be shown on the big screen coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre of Palestinians and Lebanese Shiites in Beirut — adding insult to injury.

In 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon to remove the Palestine Liberation Organization from the country and establish a friendly government in Beirut, which would be liable for the signing of a peace agreement.

As Israeli forces besieged the Lebanese capital, an Israel-allied Lebanese Christian militia killed thousands of Palestinians and Lebanese Shia Muslims in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.

An Israeli commission of inquiry determined that senior Israeli government figures bear indirect responsibility for the massacre.

The next installment of the Captain America film series will be released in 2024.
The next installment of the Captain America film series will be released in 2024.
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Munyar said Disney-owned Marvel should be more sensitive to the timing of its announcement.

“It is not just in time or name but also in the fact that the massacre was led by a person linked to Mossad. [militia] in the area under Israeli military control,” Munayer said.

“Given all of this, it is not difficult to conclude that the people of Marvel are either completely ignorant of the region, its history and the Palestinian experience, or that they deliberately intended to kick people living under apartheid. had a goal.”

A spokesperson for Marvel Studios told CNN that “the filmmakers are taking a new approach with the character of Sabra, who was first introduced in the comics 40 years ago.”

The spokesperson added that characters from Marvel movies are “always reimagined for the screen and today’s audience.”

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