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The Closed Zone – Israeli animation

May 17th, 2009 · No Comments · Culture

From one of the Israeli men behind Waltz With Bashir comes a powerful animation about life in Gaza.

In the Closed Zone we see a foreign force carving Gaza out of the land of Palestine.

A hand is used to represent the Egyptians’ heavy-handedness in trapping Palestinians inside Gaza. Our hero – a tiny Gazan boy – isn’t even allowed to get close to the Rafah crossing. An Israeli hand soon joins in to press down on the Egyptians.

The disembodied hands (we never see the men behind the hands) pull the plug on the Gazan sea – back to the land little boy.

Next we see tiny rockets being fired across the border with a massive Israeli military attack on Gaza. The boy runs for his life, but can’t escape. Only the bird is free to fly away. Or is it…

It’s hard to fault this animation. One point is the rockets, which seem to imply the Palestinians initiate the military battle. This is incorrect.

And the star of the film – the Gazan boy – is white.

Hat tip: The Listening Post, Al Jazeera.


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