Naji al-Ali - A Tribute

Naji al-Ali - A Tribute: Naji al-Ali (1938–87) was a Palestinian political cartoonist who drew over 40,000 cartoons, from sharply critical commentaries on Palestinian and Arab politics and political leaders to visionary symbols of inhumanity and the pity of war. Born in Galilee, he was a victim of the nakba in 1948 when his region was cleared to make way for Jewish settlers. Growing up in Lebanese refugee camps and prisons, he first scribbled protest cartoons on the walls before finding work in newspapers. Known for using the image of Handala, the barefoot child who silently watches all the evils perpetrated in the Middle East, it has since become an icon of Palestinian defiance. Shot by unknown assailants outside the offices of ‘al-Qabas’, a Kuwaiti newspaper in London, he died five weeks later in August 1997. Exploring the remarkable power and influence of his work and legacy, participants include cartoonist Steve Bell and academic Karma Nabulsi, with live music by Palestinian singer Reem Kelani. Taking place 27 October, 2017 at the Knowledge Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB​.