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Palestinian protesters have added a colorful twist to demonstrations against Israel's separation barrier, painting themselves blue and posing as characters from the hit film Avatar.

The demonstrators also donned long hair and loincloths Friday for the weekly protest against the barrier near the village of Bilin.

The demonstrators compared their struggle with the Na'vi race portrayed in Avatar, who find themselves having to defend their people and homeland against foreign invaders.

Israel says the barrier is needed for its security. Palestinians consider it a land grab.

The protests have become a symbol of opposition. They often end in clashes with Israeli security forces involving stones and tear gas.

The Avatar protest comes a day after the Israeli government began rerouting the enclosure to eat up less of the Palestinian village.