Caricatures by Naji AlAli : those from books I have called ” Naji AlAli 1 and 2 : the spokesman of the poor and the cause “
Honoring his memory : Like this day in 1987 he died , he was assassinated.
Naji Al-Ali grew up to become perhaps the most popular cartoonist in the Arab world. With brutal honesty, Naji Al-Ali analyzed the relationships between the governments of the United States, Israel and the Arab regimes and the ramifications for the Palestinians. Time Magazine described him saying, “This man draws with human bones.” The Asahi Newspaper, in Japan, once wrote, “Naji Al-Ali draws using phosphoric acid.”
Naji Al-Ali was well loved for his work but was also well hated, as illustrated by the many death threats he and his family received. On July 22, 1987, in London, Naji Al-Ali was assassinated as he walked towards the offices of Al-Qabas newspaper. He died in the hospital on August 29th. His murderer has never been apprehended.
Naji Al-Ali wrote: “The child Handala is my signature, everyone asks me about him wherever I go. I gave birth to this child in the Gulf and I presented him to the people. His name is Handala and he has promised the people that he will remain true to himself. I drew him as a child who is not beautiful; his hair is like the hair of a hedgehog who uses his thorns as a weapon. Handala is not a fat, happy, relaxed, or pampered child. He is barefooted like the refugee camp children, and he is an icon that protects me from making mistakes. Even though he is rough, he smells of amber. His hands are clasped behind his back as a sign of rejection at a time when solutions are presented to us the American way.”
Handala was born ten years old, and he will always be ten years old. At that age, I left my homeland, and when he returns, Handala will still be ten, and then he will start growing up. The laws of nature do not apply to him. He is unique. Things will become normal again when the homeland returns.
Artillery pieces used during Israel’s operation included a mix of Soltam M71 guns and U.S.-manufactured Paladin M109s (a 155-mm howitzer), each of which can fire three shells per minute. “The only possible reason for doing that is to kill a lot of people in as short a period of time as possible,” said the senior U.S. military officer. “It’s not mowing the lawn,” he added, referring to a popular IDF term for periodic military operations against Hamas in Gaza. “It’s removing the topsoil.”
Senior U.S. officers who are familiar with the battle and Israeli artillery operations, which are modeled on U.S. doctrine, assessed that, given that rate of artillery fire into Shujaiya, IDF commanders were not precisely targeting Palestinian military formations as much as laying down an indiscriminate barrage aimed at cratering the neighborhood.
I hope this war on Gaza is truly over. The resistance have fought valiantly against one of the worlds military superpowers, showing courage and commitment against an army of child-killers. Israel have shown themselves to the world in their true colours, so many more people are awake to the lies and will never be fooled again. The people of Gaza have paid a terrible price and the rest of us have a duty to carry on the fight for the rights of the people of Gaza, it is the very least we can do…!
People make fun of me because I don’t stand during the Pledge of Allegiance in class.
I will stand for the pledge of allegiance and put my hand on my heart:
- When gay people can get jobs equally
- When women aren’t seen as sex objects
- When black people don’t get gunned down
- When Muslims aren’t glared at as if they’re terrorists
- When Mexicans don’t get stopped on suspicion of drugs
Our country really isn’t the “land of the free” or do we have “liberty and justice for all.”