NAJI AL-ALI – PALESTINIAN CARTOONIST
“My thinking is internationalist, and my concerns humanitarian.”
by Mark Vallen, ART FOR A CHANGE
Naji al-Ali was one of the best known political cartoonists in the Arab world. His works afford Westerners an insight into Arab public opinion, something which is needed now more than ever before. Naji was not a political or religious extremist, and his works represent the widely held views of the Arab people. He was born in the Northern Galilee in Palestine and grew up in a refugee camp in Lebanon. When he was young, Naji was jailed several times for his political cartoons… and his jail experiences further developed his artistic/political tendencies.
Eventually he traveled to Kuwait, where he studied art academically. At this point Naji was convinced he could become influential as a cartoonist, and that his works would help contribute to the liberation of his people.
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