World War Z: The Arab, Israeli, Zombie conflict.

World War Z Spoiler Warning.

Imagine turning on the evening news to see an army of the undead swarming through Cairo's Tahir Square, or attacking bikini clad party goers on Beirut's beaches, or feasting off Tel Aviv commuters trapped in rush hour traffic. If Brad Pitt's 2013 summer blockbuster World War Z is in anyway faithful to the original book, we may see such scenarios. 


Although the movie adaptation is going through a highly publicized development hell due to creative differences amongst the production team, the source material has already established itself as a classic piece of contemporary fiction. What sets the novel apart from most other sci-fi 'end of the world' books is that extended segments are set in the Middle East, or more accurately in Palestine and Israel. It also goes on to detailing the impact of a zombie apocalypse on the wider region in addition to Pakistan, India and the rest of the planet.

Judging by the trailer, the cinematic adaptation of Max Brook's social and political satire World War Z, promises to be 'the zombie movie, to end all zombie movies.' And although I just made up that catch phrase for the sake of this blog post, the movie's marketing team should really consider using it as a tagline. The scope of World War Z is epic and global in nature and not only charts how the zombie apocalypse started, but also how the living eventually defeated the dead.  So what is in store for our part of the world in this struggle?

According to the novel (and what is strongly hinted at in the trailer), a key occurance near the beginning of the zombie pandemic takes place in Israel. While every other nation dismisses the zombie threat as a 'non-news' item, Israel takes proactive steps with the closing of its borders to everyone except uninfected Jews and Palestinians, as the disease originating from China finally hits the Asian Subcontinent. 

The book details how the state takes steps to protect itself via the building of "The Wall", turning the nation into a literal prison state. All Israeli, non-Israeli Jews, and Palestinians and descendants of pre-1948 Palestinians who lived abroad are allowed to return to Israel to live behind this wall after being screened for the disease. Also in order to scale back on the amount of land it has to secure, the government unwillingly pull back from the West Bank and most other areas they had seized, before sealing themselves in. With the initial completion of The Wall and the sealing in of the Arabs and the Jews from the outside world becoming a world media event, mass panic on an international scale immediately flares up.



Meanwhile due to a series of miscommunications, a threatened yet ironically safe Tehran takes a less than proactive step to quell the sudden influx of Pakistani refugees crossing Baluchistan into Iran. With India all but destroyed by the zombie virus, many Pakistanis who cannot fly out of the country see Iran as the next best alternative. Launching a misjudged nuclear strike against Karachi, Pakistan responds to Iran in a likewise manner, ensuring the annihilation of both countries in the process. Around the world from Europe to America similar stories are told, detailing the near destruction of humanity.

Now keeping in mind that this is just a summary of the events in the book, where the zombies are of a slow shambling type and not the quick athletic 28 Days Later variant, events can only logically play out somewhat differently in Brad Pitt's big screen version. Yet regardless, what is frightening is the share plausibility of the international reaction to such an event in the real world. 

Of course while the concept of the dead coming back to life is ridiculous to the extreme, international response to an aggressive global biological threat (be it fatal or otherwise) would probably follow a similar scenario in the real world. From the illogical development and potential use of nuclear weapons in Asia, to Israel's xenophobia and isolationism taken to its logical and literal extreme, both are more or less plausible, unlikely... but still plausible. 

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According to the book, it also does not look good for Asia and the Middle East after the 10 year war has ended. Although the Palestinians and The Jews 'live happily ever after' in peace and unity, the rest of the region finds itself in economic problems: Earlier on in the war, Saudi Arabia is forced to fight the zombie threat by igniting all of its oil fields; thus after the war is over and the world economy begins its process back to normality, much of The Gulf finds itself struggling to regain its position as a major oil provider, leading to an international energy problem. Further afield: Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan are left uninhabitable due to that nuclear exchange a decade earlier, while it is implied that India's population has been totally decimated by the zombies themselves.


Although this is clearly a work of science fiction from a somewhat overrated book, one does hope that if a global pandemic ever does take place, society, especially the Middle East, will exhibit some level of lucidity and not descend into the chaos the world thinks we are only capable of. Max Brooks being an American with probably little experience of the Middle East and its people beyond what is shown in the media, has a low view of what the Muslim World is capable of. But anyway...

Brad Pitt's World War Z should be hitting our screens by summer 2013, while Max Brook's original novel is already available on Amazon.


Read More: World War Z (2013) movie review.



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Anonymous said...

I'm pretty certain that if zombies were attacking the Middle East, Israel will only let Jews inside its boarders and let the Arabs and the rest of the world die. They will NOT save the Palestinians. Max Brook's tries to make the Jews the only civilzed nation on the planet, while all the Muslim nations act crazy and die.

Anonymous said...

Whenz tha film released it will show the Palestinians as the zombies trying to take over the Middle East. Most the trailer is set in Israel.

judeologue said...

Max Brooks is a jew. It's another anti Arab rac movie from Jewlywood. Judeologie.com

Anonymous said...

@judeologue

If its anti-arab then why are Palestinians allowed the right of return?! Its almost as if zombies were the initiation for the right of return, and the unification of both jew AND palestinian.
So please HOW is this a anti-arab view?

Anonymous said...

And some more narrow minded jew hating in the rectangular boxes under an article. The movie is going to be awesome. Israel is one of the most progressive nations in the world, weather you can handle that or not. The statistics speak for themselves. Spend some time getting used to it while you and your buddies on that web sight put on your robes and burn crosses tonight.

Anonymous said...

If keeping a whole race and several generations of people under substandard living conditions because they are of a different ethnicity to you is an example of being progressive, then the future for humanity is grim, zombie apocalypse or not. Modern day apartheid.

Yahya said...

I guess I should chime in here…

@anon 2/11/13 and @judeologue

I personally wouldn't say the book version of events is anti-arab, but it is fascinating how Israel seems to be only country that takes a pro-active step that doesn't lead to its own destruction, while its neighbours literally hang themselves in panic.

I don't know what Brookes' intention was, but Israel, through the whole crisis, come off as level headed angels who keep their sanity throughout the crisis, even going as far as saving the Palestinians from the zombie outbreak as well.

Lounge said...

I doubt the movie will be as pro-Israel as the book. Cinema audiences are different from book audiences and will want to get as wide a distribution as possible, so they will not want to cause offence when distributing this film across the Middle East.

Israel is featured so much in the trailer because those scenes may have already been completed and the studio were eager to get a teaser out to showcase the sfx.

Anonymous said...

The film makers are already treading the PC line by changing the origins of the virus from China to Russia. The Russians are used to being the bad guys, but China are not having that *beep*.

Steve said...

I have read the only similarity between the book and movie is that they have the same title.

Steve said...

Having seen the trailer it looks awesome. The Zombies flow like water.

M.H. said...

Sure. This movie looks pretty cool. Has the action-packed, fast-paced, ultra-cool special effects... but there is an under-lying point. The Muslim world is apparently UNCIVILIZED and destined to be eradicated from the world.
In this movie, Max Brooks pits the Iranians against the Pakistani nation, and they both wipe each other out because of their "nuclear programs". There has been NO SUCH EVIDENCE of Iran in possession of nuclear weapons, but that is another debate for another time.
Anyways, Iran and Pakistan wipe each other out. What Max Brooks DOES DO that I am (sort of) happy about is that he acknowledges that the Palestinians be saved. Well, that could just be his conscience. That IS IN FACT the Palestinians land. Israelis may say that it is the "promised land", and Britain decided to make that land for them after the World War. Note, that the British ALSO came to North America and displaced hundreds of thousands of native Americans. What is the excuse for that? Was that also "the promised land"? No. I personally think this movie's making be cancelled unless those controversial and prejudicial, underlying meanings be removed. It doesn't matter that it's one hundred years into the future. Iran is still the figure of the Islamic power (contrary to Sunni beliefs) and this is very hurtful, prejudicial, and hurtful to any Muslim.

Steve said...

Early Reviews look good.
http://www.businessinsider.com/world-war-z-reviews-say-brad-pitts-zombie-film-is-good-2013-6

Anonymous said...

This movie is *certainly* going to be used as Pro-Assad / anti-Sunni Muslim propaganda, based on the recently leaked You-Tube video from Syria showing a religious Sunni rebel cutting out and eating the organs of a murdered Shi'ite.

Only a few days ago, Vladimir Putin openly accused Western countries at the G8 meeting of betraying human rights by supporting those who “kill their enemies and eat their organs”.

source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/g8-summit-begins-vladimir-putin-accuses-david-cameron-of-betraying-humanitarian-values-by-supporting-syrian-rebels-8661048.html

This movie is a perfectly-timed propaganda piece for Assad, Russia, and Iran to vilify Sunni Muslims as cannibals and mindless zombies.

Nume said...

In the novel both Jews and Palestinians get screwed over.The Wall worked in the book, but didnt do crap in the movie.

Anonymous said...

this zombie plague is similar to islam plague

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_and_war
http://facingislam.blogspot.sg/2013/05/islam-in-scifi-3-world-war-z.html

Anonymous said...

this zombie plague is similar to islam plague

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_and_war
http://facingislam.blogspot.sg/2013/05/islam-in-scifi-3-world-war-z.html

Name/URL said...

Its people like the guy who posted above me, who make me wish the zombie apocalypse would occur. At least that way you wont get arrested for shooting morons like him in the head.

Steve said...

I finally reviewed WWZ.
There is only one little part that might be considered anti Arab, basically they are inadvertently responsible for the fate of Israel. A really good movie.

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