The cartoons of the “hero” of the Palestinian struggle Handala now in Italy – Culture

(by Francesco Tedesco) (ANSAmed) – NAPLES, 21 FEB – Handala, depicted as a child seen from behind and drawn by Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali, has over time become a symbol of the struggle for the liberation of Palestine.

He will now make his “debut” in Italy with Marotta&Cafiero by publishing “Handala, un Bambino in Palestina” (“Handala, a child in Palestine”) by Naji al-Ali, considered the most important cartoonist in Palestinian history .

Ali was killed 35 years ago.

The volume will be released on February 22 and for the first time in Italy, the cartoon book will tell its story in Italian about the horror, resistance and suffering of the Palestinian people.

“It was in Kuwait, where he felt he was ‘falling into a life of luxury’, that Ali first drew Handala – which, in Ali’s words, ‘represents the honest Palestinian which will forever be part of the popular imagination.”, wrote naturalized American journalist and cartoonist Joe Sacco in the preface.

His drawings had a specific purpose.

“My job,” Ali said, “was to give a voice to the population, to my people in the camps, in Egypt, in Algeria, the Arabs scattered throughout the region who have little means to express their views ” “Some 35 years after the murder of Naji al-Ali, we publish for the first time in Italy, ‘Handala, a Bambino in Palestina'”, said the editorial director of Marotta&Cafiero Rosario Esposito La Rossa, calling it a “unique work that, with simplicity and clarity, tells the story from the Palestinian point of view.” “An artist”, continued La Rossa, “who, thanks to the character of Handala, a 10-year-old child always pulled from behind watching what is happening on Earth – gives voice to the poor and the oppressed. He is a book which is powerful in its content and which we have the pleasure and the duty to publish, precisely to give a voice back to the Palestinian people. Thanks to his efforts, Naji al-Ali was killed in London. However, thanks to this publication , [his] broken pencils still color.” During his career, a statement sent to promote the book said Ali was critical of the Israeli occupation, the Palestinian government, and Arab regimes, “making his pencil a sword” and creating more of 40,000 cartoons.

“Ali serves as an example of how a cartoon measuring only a few square centimeters can be more useful than an Intifada in stopping the occupation and lifting the veil of lies covering Palestine,” he said.

The book will be presented in collaboration with the Handala Ali Cultural Center in Naples on Thursday, February 24 at 4 p.m. at Caffè Arabo, Piazza Vincenzo Bellini 74-62, with aperitifs and literature, alongside Palestinian products. (ANS Amed).

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