Archive for May, 2010

HANDALA is Palestinian, I am HANDALA to the end of time….

May 28, 2010

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From approximately 1975 through 1987 Naji Al-Ali created cartoons that depict the complexities of the plight of Palestinian refugees. These cartoons are still relevant today and Handala, the refugee child who is present in every cartoon, remains a potent symbol of the struggle of the Palestinian people for justice and self-determination.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.I presented him to the poor and named him Handala as a symbol of bitterness. At first, he was a Palestinian child, but his consciousness developed to have a national and then a global and human horizon. He is a simple yet tough child, and this is why people adopted him and felt that he represents their consciousness.” LET THIS CHILD RETURN HOME


The Aggressor Israel Took My Land….

May 4, 2010

.Thank you Gilad. You are so correct. I am a Palestinian born in Lebanon as a Palestinian refugee 1950. My parents were forced out of their home in Haifa in 1948. I’ve been waiting and waiting for the implementation of all those UN resolutions concerning the Palestinian right of return. Israel has committed a heinous crime of magnificent proportion in 1948, all the while the world powers stood by including many of the corrupt Arab leaders. I will not give up my right to return to our home in Haifa as many other Palestinians will do the same. Israel has been treating the indigenous Palestinians so brutally and very badly for many years now, and the world is asking us Palestinians to compromise and make more sacrifices in the sake of Peace, what the world should be doing is put pressure on the aggressor Israel to relinquish it’s hold on the daily lives of the Palestinian people and let us live in Peace.