Saturday, January 30, 2010

ISRAEL: 'Avatar' and the Palestinian blues

Los Angeles Times
""Avatar" may be rocking the box office, but it's rocking the casbah too, getting people to ask who's who with the blues and who exactly are the meanies in Israel.

This week, a screening of "Avatar" erupted into a small ruckus in a suburb when one moviegoer loudly announced that the Palestinians should learn from this movie what to do to the Jews, causing a commotion and angering others in the audience.

The opinionated moviegoer was Juliano Mer-Khamis. Born in Nazereth to a Jewish mother and Arab father, he is an accomplished actor of many years, a filmmaker as well as a political activist who is very outspoken against the occupation.

Mer-Khamis confirmed the incident and added in the newspaper Maariv: "No one dares to make the real analogy. 'Avatar' is one of the bravest films made. It portrays the occupation, but people aren't making the analogy. Many would like to be like the blue people but don't understand the meaning. This is why people got angry at the movie theater. It is no secret that I think the Israelis are occupiers and the Palestinians occupied. Israel sits forcefully on lands that belong to others and this is exactly what the movie is talking about."


  1. I gotta see this movie.  I've heard so much about it. I heard it has already grossed more money at the box office than any other movie. 

  2. <span><span>"than any other movie."  
    <span>Titanic. By the same director, James Cameron. I'm going tomorrow.</span>

  3. I saw it a few weeks ago, it's more about Iraq. For example, you won't find any settlers trying to permanently live on Pandora, but it is full of blackwater type mercenary scum working for a ruthless corporation. In Pandora, the oil is called unobtainium, a fictional source of energy that is needed to save a dying Earth. The natives are sitting on huge reserves.

  4. <span>Director James Cameron has made it abundantly clear that the film is linked to both the war in Iraq and the War on Terror. In an interview with The Times he declared:  
    “We went down a path that cost several hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives. I don’t think the American people even know why it was done. So it’s all about opening your eyes...We know what it feels like to launch the missiles. We don’t know what it feels like for them to land on our home soil, not in America. I think there’s a moral responsibility to understand that.” </span>

  5. Then again, Iraq and Palestine are two sides of the same coin. If the US truly seeks justice for the Palestinian people, the Iraqi insurgency would subside. 

  6. i already posted this down below. :(
    anyway, i'm going tomorrow.