Palestinian cartoonist and CRNI representative Mohammad Sabaaneh spoke on the power of political cartoons and led a workshop in Ramallah in October. The event was sponsored by the Sharek Youth Forum in cooperation with CRNI. The workshop was organized to introduce “youth to the caricature art in Palestine and its establishment.”
Sabaaneh is a principal cartoonist at Al-Hayat al-Jadida newspaper. His political cartoons have earned him the distinction of being both jailed by Israel, and suspended from his job by order of the Palestinian president. Following his five-month stay in an Israeli jail, Sabaaneh held an exhibition of cartoons about the experience and the plight of Palestinian prisoners.
At October’s Sharek Youth Forum event: “Mohammad Sabaaneh pointed to the importance of the caricature art worldwide, its role in spreading the Palestinian case and the importance of educating the youth on diverse cultures. He also assured that this art is one of the important ways to express their issues and concerns of the community and one of the ways of expression that reaches all peoples regardless of language.”
Following his presentation, Sabaaneh hosted a Q&A and discussed Cartoonists Rights Network’s “role in protecting cartoonists worldwide.”
Sabaaneh was recently profiled by the Washington Post.
Video courtesy of Daryl Cagle