Nassi al-Ali, one of the most important painters in the Arab world, discusses in his writings the reflection on relations between the United States, Israel and the Arab rulers over Palestine.
Ali’s signature “Hanjala” character, who drew attention in a very short time through his cartoons emphasizing the Palestinian cause and received much praise for his drawings, has become one of the symbols of the Palestinian independence struggle.
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Nasi Al-AliSon Khalid Al-AliAA told the reporter about his father, his vision of the world and his drawings.
Khaled al-Ali says his father was born in the Palestinian village of Ash Shajara in 1936 and lived in his village until he was forced to move here with his family in 1948. “He was 11-12 years old. He was forcibly evicted from Palestine with thousands of Palestinians.”
“This experience has never disappointed him, as thousands of Palestinians have done,” he said.
Speaking about the hardships of camp life, Ali said, “My father and his family were exiled from their homes, lives, their fields. They suddenly found themselves in a tent. There is no work, no work, basically nothing to rely on. It’s a terrible, traumatic experience. He has never left Palestine as he is. ” He said.
Ali said it would not be fair to say that his father, Nassi al-Ali, started drawing when he was a child, but noted that he began to be interested and involved. Politics in the process, so he was arrested many times and the authorities did not welcome him.
Ali said his father moved to Kuwait in 1963 when he received a job offer from Kuwait’s Al Talia magazine. He started drawing about what was really going on in the world. “He used his words.
“Hanzala is like a compass to my father. A compass that always takes him to Palestine.”
By Nasi Al-Ali HanjalaNoting that he introduced his readers in August 1969, Ali said the following about the importance of character for his father:
“Hanzala is a boy who never grew up. He left Palestine as a child. When he was expelled from Palestine, time stood still for him. My father used to say that Hanzala would grow up when he returned to Palestine. Hanzala Hall. Boy. He’s not good looking. His legs are bare, his clothes are tangled, his hair is messy. So he’s not the child you dream of. Hanjala represents my father’s conscience. He says what he thinks, and tries to stay on the right. It was like a compass for Ali, a compass that always points to Palestine. Compasses usually point to the north, while Hanzala’s compass always points to Palestine. “
Noting that Nasi al-Ali was working very hard, Ali said, “It took me hours to come up with an idea and comment that day. Sometimes when I was working I would ask him to take me somewhere. Now, as I get older, I I’m guilty of it myself and I know I shouldn’t do that. ” He said.
“My father sacrificed his life for Palestine.”
“My father sacrificed his life for Palestine. He was committed to his cause and believed that he had the right to return to his country. However, he was more caring than the Palestinians and The Palestinian people. He was sympathetic to the poor people of the world. He was against injustice. He has always fought for the difference between rich and poor. He also criticized the policies of the Palestinians and the Arabs. He was not afraid of them. He was critical not only of his opponents but also of his own. ” Evaluated her.
Nassi al-Ali was first and foremost a very good cartoonist, Ali said, “He did not change his mind for money or anything else. He was loyal to his cause. His assassination is proof of that. They can’t keep him quiet, and it leads to murder. It’s devastating. ” Made a statement.
Ali said his father had received death threats throughout his life and that an investigation had been launched into the killings, but that the case was not over.
Talking about Nassi al-Ali’s views on Palestine, Ali continued:
“My father’s reason was Palestine. My father never believed in the so-called peace process, which was supposed to have a positive effect on the Palestinian people. He said long ago that it would not lead us to any result. He was very clear. In all his drawings. And that was actually a huge problem for him. That’s why people loved him and his work. My father was very clear about that. “
Nassi al-Ali, who lives in London, was assassinated on July 22, 1987, on his way to the office of the newspaper he worked for. Although Master Illustrator died at the hospital on August 29, 1987, the culprits have not been identified.
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