The Icon


حنظلة هو المخلوق الذي ابتدعته، لن ينتهي من بعدي بالتأكيد، وربما لا أبالغ اذا قلت أنني أستمر به من بعد موتي
ناجي العلي

Handala, the creature I invented, will certainly not cease to exist after me, and perhaps it is no exaggeration to say that I will live on with him after my death.

Naji Al-Ali

Naji Al-Ali, the most celebrated Palestinian cartoonist, was shot in the head and critically wounded on 22 July 1987.  He died on 30 August 1987, at the age of 49.  For more information about his life and death, read Arjan El Fassed, “Naji al-Ali: The Timeless Conscience of Palestine” (The Electronic Intifada, 22 July 2004).  The documentary film The Icon, about the significance of the character Handala that Naji Al-Ali created, was made available at Hanaa Al-Ramli‘s Web site dedicated to the memory of the cartoonist and has been reposted by Free Egypt among others.  © Hanaa Al-Ramli هناء الرملي.

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