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"Palestine in Black and White," the new book by cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh, marks 70 years since the Nakba, the 1948 catastrophe that saw the creation of the state of Israel. Inspired by the illustrator's time in an Israeli prison, and released last week, the collection assembles 100 political cartoons about the occupation of Palestine and what Sabaaneh witnessed in 2013, during his five-month sentence at Al-Jalameh detention center.Sabaaneh believes he was targeted because of the critical opinions his art expresses.The black-and-white cartoons reflect Sabaaneh's feelings of polarization about the Palestinian issue – either someone is with the occupation (black) or against it (white).The first shows the history of Palestine, the second details the occupation and war on Gaza and the third looks at cross-cultural perceptions of Palestinian immigrants. The fourth narrates real stories of Palestinians and the fifth presents the drawings Sabaaneh designed while in prison.With this book now published, Sabaaneh is looking at another project.
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