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Palestinian cartoonist documents isolation of Palestinian people

May 1, 2015 5:29 P.M. (Updated: May 1, 2015 7:20 P.M.)
"Hamas" and "Fatah," and somebody cries, "You ruined us!"
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The artwork of Palestinian cartoonist Muhammad Hassan -- depicting the concerns and isolation of the Palestinian people -- has begun to make its way to an international audience.

Documenting the isolation of the occupied Palestinian territories, the Jordan-based artist believes that that fighting for the Palestinian cause and expressing it via his caricature "is a global endeavor, as it is the most important cause in the world."

However, Hassan is only one the latest cartoonist to emerge on the stage of Palestinian artists.

Cartoons have long had influence among the Palestinian public while exposing international audiences to the daily experiences of Palestinian life under nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation.

Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali's signature character "Handala" became a symbol of Palestinian resistance after being popularized during the 1970s.

The character depicts al-Ali when he was forced to leave Palestine as a 10-year-old boy, his turned back and clasped hands supposedly symbolizing a rejection of outside solutions as well as his refusal to grow up until he could return to his homeland.

Al-Ali was shot dead outside the London office of Kuwaiti newspaper Al Qabas in 1987, and his assailant was never found.

Al-Ali's tradition is carried on today by well-known Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh, who was arrested by Israeli forces in 2013 in what many believe was a punitive measure against his political cartoons.

Sabaanah's collection of cartoons drawn inside Israeli prisons later garnered international attention, and portrayed the daily dynamics of a Palestinian political prisoner, including solitary confinement, prisoner-organized education, and loneliness.

"Cartoon by Palestinian cartoonist Muhammad Hassan reads: "I am with God" "I am with God, too"

Caricature by Palestinian cartoonist Muhammad Hassan

Caricature by Palestinian cartoonist Muhammad Hassan

Caricature by Palestinian cartoonist Muhammad Hassan

Palestinian cartoonist Muhammad Hassan
Arnold / Canada
After 66 years it seems the world is numb when it comes to Palestinians. The Israelis were the 1st to go numb after realizing the Palestinians had no intentions of becoming peaceful neighbors but they had the backing of their Arab brethran. Arabs are involved in their own turmoil and becoming numb.
01/05/2015 19:28
dan / usa
Nobody more numb to Palestinians than the Israelis. There have been newborn babies dying in Gaza from the exposure, the family living out in the open. No pots, stoves, boiling water for kid's scrapes and wounds, but the Israelis rush to feel good helping the Nepalese
02/05/2015 19:19
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