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Marvel to introduce Israeli superhero Sabra at MCU

Marvel to introduce Israeli superhero Sabra at MCU

Among the dozens of announcements and reveals made by Marvel on the sidelines of the D23 Expo was the news that the cast of the upcoming Captain America: The New World Order will include several surprise additions. Anthony Mackie, Marvel’s new Captain America, will be joined in the film by some returning actors from his recent television series Falcon and the Winter Soldier, including Carl Lumbly, who played Isaiah Bradley, and Danny Ramirez, who played Joaquin Torres. , the young hero. who inherits the mantle of Falcon from Mackie after becoming the new Cap.

Although the term “Sabra” refers to a Jewish person born in Israel, some social media users took to Twitter and TikTok to criticize the ad, saying the character’s name was insensitive considering the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre.

On September 16, 1982, Lebanese Christian militiamen entered the Sabra neighbourhood of Beirut and the nearby Shatila refugee camp and, under the gaze of the Israeli troops who had invaded Lebanon three months earlier, blocked the exits and illuminated the place at night with flares, they embarked on a 36-hour massacre of Muslim men, women and children that left hundreds dead.

Though there’s no guarantee the MCU version will keep this aspect of her character, Sabra, whose real name is Ruth Bat-Seraph, is a mutant like Wolverine and the rest of the X-Men. There have been some mutant teases added to the MCU in recent months, including a cameo by Professor Xavier in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the reveal that the MCU’s Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan is a mutant. her instead of an Inhuman.

In the comic, the Incredible Hulk mistakenly ends up in Tel Aviv, where he befriends an Arab boy who is killed in an attack by identifiable Arab terrorists. Sabra, whose real name is Ruth Bat-Seraph, witnesses the attack and assumes that the Hulk is in cahoots with the terrorists. She attacks the Hulk with “energy feathers”, weakening him, but the Hulk explains that the boy was his friend and makes a reference to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Boy died because boy’s people and yours want to own land!” the Hulk tells Sabra. “Boy died because you wouldn’t share. Boy died because of two old books that say his people and yours must fight and kill for land!”

Sabra’s mutant powers include super strength, speed, agility, and stamina, and she can also fly through the use of special technology. In Marvel Comics, she battled the Hulk multiple times and also spent some time working with international members of the X-Men. She has yet to reveal how she fits into the plan for Captain America: New World Order.

In light of the event, some social media users are questioning the name of the superhero.

On Twitter, @yumna_patel discussed the origin of the Sabra name, writing, “apparently ‘Sabra’ is a term used to refer to Jews born in historic Palestine (correct me if I’m wrong). It is also the name of the neighborhood in Beirut where Israeli forces oversaw the massacre of thousands of Palestinian refugees in the Sabra and Shatila Massacre in 1982.”

“Can someone explain to me why they keep using the name Sabra? The first thing pretty much every Palestinian remembers when we read or hear Sabra is the massacre of Sabra Shatilla, it feels deliberate,” one Twitter user wrote.

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