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With an Israeli superhero, Marvel wades into an intractable conflict

By Isabel Kershner

15 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

A deep dive into the latest Marvel superhero to make it to the big screen: Israeli Mossad superhero ‘Sabra'. The character has already drawn an array of controversy, the Times explains why.

It was the latest addition to a fantasy world populated by an ever-growing cast of superheroes and villains: Marvel Studios announced this past week that it had cast Israeli actress Shira Haas to play Sabra, a mutant Israeli police officer-turned-Mossad agent, in the next installment of the “Captain America” franchise.

While Jewish Israelis rejoiced at the casting of an actress from Israel as a superhero in a major Hollywood production (“Israeli Pride,” declared the Hebrew news site Maariv), the backlash among Palestinians and their supporters was swift, and #CaptainApartheid soon appeared on social media.

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