Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Naji Al-Ali
1) #2) #3) ####Omaima Salih AlansariID# 211410013ID121, History of ArtSec: 71#Arabic Artist PresentationNaji Al-Ali
1938 –1987• Palestinian Cartoonist• Born 1937 in Al-Shajara, Palestine• Forced to leave in 1948 with his family• Settled in Ein Al-Hilwa refugee camp• political criticism of the Arab regimes andIsrael in his works• He drew over 40,000 cartoons• Forced to leave Beirut in 1983, went to Kuwait• In 1985 he was forced to leave Kuwait toLondon
Works“Ever& Palestinian is a Suspect Until Proven Guilt&” The Evil Man
WorksHandala (boy): I was ver& pleased with your ar<icle today about democracy… what are you writing for tomorBow? Man: I am writing my will. Democracy in the Arab World
WorksDrFms of War!
Main characters:Handaha the good man Fatima the evil manWorks
Handala:a Character & Icon§ Served as Naji’s signature§ Born in 1969 at the age of 10 years, will startgrowing up when he returns to Palestine.§ His Name derived from bitterness§ His hair like a hedgehog§ Barefooted like the children of the refugee camps.§ A spectator not agreeing to what is happeningaround him.§ As Naji said, he will show his face when “Arab dignityis restored and Palestine returns”.
Fatima:The Mother and the Land§ Drawn with simple & sharp lines§ Has beautiful features§ Always carrying the house key§ She is the dedicated wife, the primal mother figure,the refugee, the suffering woman, and the protector§ Symbolizes Palestine in her dress and actions§ Side by side with the man and a major part of thestruggle for freedom and democracyup when hereturns to Palestine.
The Good Man:The Ordinary Man§ The ordinary Arab Man “Zalama”§ Honest and a good person§ Drawn with simple & sharp lines§ Standing tall with beautiful features§ He is thin representing the poor and the oppressed§ A freedom fighter and a refugee§ A Palestinian and an Arab man§ A Muslim and a Christian
The Evil Man:The oppressor§ A Moron with no aesthetic features§ Ugly and overweight as a bag of fat§ Lazy and dirty in his looks and actions§ Has no legs – no popular support§ Represents evil, bad, oppression§ Betrays and plots against the resistance§ Benefits from and takes advantage of the resistance§ A tool in the hands of Israel & the West.
What they saidabout Naji Al-Ali“if you want to know what the Arabs think of the U.S.,look at Naji Al-Ali’s cartoons”New York Times“this man draws with human bones”Times Magazine“Naji Al-Ali draws with phosphoric acid”Japan Asahi Newspaper“one of the best cartoonist since the 18th century”International Federation of Newspaper PublishersAnd awarded him the Golden Pen Award in 1988 ⎨⎨⎨⎨
Awards &Positionsu In 1979, Naji al-Ali was elected president of theLeague of Arab Cartoonists.u In 1979 and 1980, he received the first prize inthe Arab cartoonists exhibitions held inDamascus.u The International Federation of NewspaperPublishers awarded him the "Golden Pen ofFreedom" posthumously in 1988.
AssassinationHe was assassinated at London on the 22ndJuly 1987, by unknown who opened fire on Najihitting him in the right temple. "During the 30 years since I started drawing, I feel I havebeen through every Arab prison and I ask myself: What isthere to come after all this? I was prepared to diedefending just one drawing, because every drawing is likea drop of water which makes its way through the minds ofpeople.”—Naji Al Ali⎨