Marvel's Israeli Mossad Agent

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We are troubled by the distasteful announcement that an upcoming Marvel movie, Captain America: New World Order, will feature an Israeli Mossad agent named Sabra as a superhero. The character is described in the original cartoons as a “superheroine of the state of Israel,” a state that is recognized by the entire human rights community as an apartheid regime, guilty of ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Palestinian people.

Israel’s Mossad is an intelligence agency notorious for carrying out torture and extrajudicial assassinations, and whose agents have been placed on Interpol’s ‘most-wanted' list for using fraudulent passports to commit murder, but who have never faced accountability for their crimes.

For Marvel and its parent company Disney to promote a character that not only normalizes an apartheid government and its murderous intelligence agency, but heroizes and lionizes them is deeply troubling, and to do this at a time when Israel’s apartheid government is under scrutiny and pressure for its onslaught against Palestinians raises serious concerns about the values guiding this entire franchise.