Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

A ragged, barefoot boy, hands clutched behind his back, stands witness to the scene before him. The small boy in the cartoon is Naji al-‘Ali, popular cartoonist, at age 10, when he was expelled from his native Palestine to Lebanon in 1948. Naji used to say that the boy was a symbol of the Palestinian people and, more personally, of his aborted youth. “They tell little children to turn their backs, but I don’t turn. The boy is the age I was when I left Palestine, and he will not grow up until I return.”

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How to cite this article:

Joan Mandell "Naji al-‘Ali Remembered," Middle East Report 149 (November/December 1987).