Avatar inspires anti-wall protesters in West Bank / PHOTO

Palestinian activists dressed as Na'vi characters from the movie Avatar marched in the village of Bilin to protest the Israeli Wall of Shame built to split the occupied West Bank.

Avatar inspires anti-wall protesters in West Bank / PHOTO

Palestinian activists dressed as Na'vi characters from the movie Avatar marched in the village of Bilin to protest the Israeli Wall of Shame built to split the occupied West Bank.

Protesters, painting themselves blue, posed as characters from the hit film "Avatar."

The "Avatar" protest comes a day after Israel has begun work on rerouting a part of its controversial West Bank wall more than two years after a Supreme Court order.


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The demonstrators also donned long hair and loincloths Friday for the weekly protest against the wall near the village of Bilin.

They equated their struggle to the intergalactic one portrayed in the film.

In its ruling, the court said the villagers had been discriminated against by having land seized and being cut off from their farmland by the barrier.


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However, Israeli decision does not comply with the ruling of International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague dated on 9 July 2004, that "Israel's separation wall should be demolished in a decision that were all agreed by the judges by a margin of 14-1."

Bilin has become a symbol of the struggle.

"This is an achievement and a victory for the popular resistance, but this is not enough -- 2,300 dunam (575 acres) were confiscated from Bilin's land, 750 dunam (188 acres) were regained," said demonstrator Iyad Bornat about the rerouting.


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Palestinians refer to the barrier as the "apartheid wall" and view it as nothing more than a land grab by Israel to help support and expand settlements in the West Bank.

Hundreds of Palestinian, Israeli and foreign demonstrators have been injured in the clashes over the years and one Palestinian protester was killed.


Agencies


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