Why Marvel's new Israeli forces superhero is being branded 'beyond problematic'

Why Marvel's new Israeli forces superhero is being branded 'beyond problematic'
Anger over Marvel’s Israeli ‘superhero’ Sabra in new film

Marvel's newest superhero joining the Cinematic Universe is causing a lot of controversy online.

The company announced Sabra, an Israeli superhero who posses superhuman strength, speed, agility would be joining the new Captain America movie, played by Shira Haas.

Although the announcement of her arrival was met with backlash due to the character's day job.

By night Sabra is a superhero, but by day she's a Mossad agent and Israeli police officer.

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People familiar with the Israel and Palestine conflict criticized Marvel for including an Israeli police officer in their films given the polarizing conflict.

In an opinion piece on The Independent titled 'Marvel’s new Israeli forces superhero Sabra is beyond problematic', Ahmed Twaij wrote: "A Jewish superhero is a wonderful idea. I can imagine a world in which a proud Jewish hero joins forces with Ms Marvel, the first Marvel Muslim superhero. That’s co-existence. That’s progress. A superhero directly affiliated with Israeli forces who spends her time fighting Arabs isn’t."

"Marvel announcing Sabra as a new character when she’s a Mossad and Isr**l propaganda character just one week before the 40th commemoration of the Sabra and Shatila massacre is just… sickening," Aya wrote on Twitter.

Sabra was created by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema. She first made a cameo in the comic book Incredible Hulk #250 published in 1980. Her first full appearance was in Incredible Hulk #256 published in 1981.

Her name comes from the slang word for a Jewish person born in Israel.

The word "Sabra" has been tied to the Sabra and Shatila massacre of 1982 when 460 and 3,500 Palestinians and Lebanese civilians were murdered by a Lebanese Christian militia.

Marvel has not made it clear if they intend to include Sabra's past in her MCU character.

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