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Palestinian political cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh has gained renown worldwide for his stark black-and-white drawings that express the numerous abuses and losses that his countrymen suffer under Israel's occupation and celebrate their popular resistance. This collection includes 180 of Sabaaneh's best cartoons, including some depicting the privations he and other Palestinian political prisoners have suffered in Israel's many prisons. This book offers profound insights into the political and social struggles facing the Palestinian people and a pointed critique of the inaction or complicity of the "international community." Veteran graphic artist Seth Tobocman contributes a foreword.
About the Author
Mohammad Sabaaneh is a Palestinian graphic artist living in Ramallah in the West Bank. He is the principal political cartoonist for Al-Hayat al-Jadida, the Palestinian Authority’s daily newspaper, and has published his work in many other newspapers around the Arab World. He is a member of the International Cartoon Movement as well as the VJ Movement for visual journalists around the globe. Sabaaneh’s work has been displayed in numerous collections and fairs in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East, and he won third place in the Arab Caricature Contest in 2013. Sabaaneh has a BA in interior design and he currently works as an administrator at Arab American University’s Ramallah campus.
"Despite working at a very complicated crossroads of ideology and political pressures, Mohammad Sabaaneh continues to produce sharp, incisive cartoons. His tenacity and courage is an inspiration for cartoonists around the world." —Matt Wuerker, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, Politico
"If you want to get a smart Palestinan’s view of what’s happening in the Middle East, you can’t do better than look at Mohammad Sabaaneh’s cartoons—they tell you more than words can say." —Victor Navasky, publisher emeritus, The Nation
"What makes Mohammad’s place in the world of cartooning so extraordinary is that he performs his art in the world’s hottest of political hotspots. Mohammad bravely uses his great talents as a cartoonist to work in the midst of this political minefield." —KAL, editorial cartoonist, The Economist
"An eloquent work on the ravages of settler colonialism. Every line in this collection achingly cries ‘Palestine, Palestine!’ This book is a must for all who care about peace and justice." —Khalil Bendib, author, Mission Accomplished: Wicked Cartoons by America's Most Wanted Political Cartoonist
"Sabaaneh’s illustrations are intricate and moving—stark, striking, and rich with Palestinian visual traditions and symbols. These cartoons are a powerful call to action, both to the international community and to the Palestinian people." —Leila Abdelrazaq, graphic artist and author, Baddawi
"Mohammad Sabaaneh is one of the most talented Palestinian cartoonists working today. His haunting figures, rendered in black, white and grey, show us a vivid Palestinian perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, protest, injustice and human rights." —Tjeerd Royaards, Editor-in-Chief, Cartoon Movement
"In a part of the world where the conflicts have run so long that the issues seem dreadfully familiar, Mohammad’s brutal cartoons about a brutal occupation prompts readers to think about things from a different perspective. A fresh point of view can change the world, and no one’s trying harder to do that than Mohammad Sabaaneh." —Ted Rall, nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist and columnist
"Each of Mohammad Sabaaneh’s powerful drawings is like a gut punch that gets straight to the essence of the stark reality of Palestinian life under Israeli occupation. This is how an artist resists." —Joe Sacco, author and illustrator, Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza