This work honors cartoonist Naji al-Ali and the Palestinian struggle for human rights. al-Ali drew over 40,000 cartoons on Palestinian and Arab politics and political leaders. He is well known as the creator of the character Handala, an icon of Palestinian resistance, pictured here. Al-Ali was assassinated in 1987 outside the London offices of the Kuwaiti newspaper that published his work.
For Palestinians and supporters of their struggle worldwide, Handala is the most identifiable symbol of the Palestinians’ longing for their homeland. 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.”
Pamela Geller’s campaign to foment aggression and bigotry against Islamic people is part of her quest to promote the genocidal and ethnic cleansing policies of the Israeli government and its U.S. backers. We will not allow this to happen.
Our homage to Naji al-Ali is an affirmation: Palestine will win.