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New Internationalist cartoonist detained

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‘Dreaming of Freedom’ by Mohammad Saba’aneh who has been detained by the IDF Mohammad Saba’aneh

On 16 February 2013, Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh was detained by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at the Karame border between the West Bank and Jordan, where he had been attending a conference at the Arab American University in Amman. Since then he has been held without any clear charge and his detention extended on more than one occasion. On 7 March the authorities decided to extend the detention for another 8 days.

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Fellow Palestinan Fadi Abou has joined the campaign Fadi Abou

Mohammad’s classic cartoon ‘Dreaming of Freedom’ appeared in the Open Window section of New Internationalist magazine in May 2011 and is doubly poignant in the current circumstances. Other members of Cartoon Movement, an international network of political cartoonists, have rallied to his defence, among them fellow Palestinian Fadi Abou Hasan (left), Enrico Bertuccioli (caricature below) from Italy and Dlog from Tunisia.

caricature of Saba'aneh
Caracature of Saba’aneh Enrico Bertuccioli

In February Saba’aneh’s family wrote an open letter, after the death of Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat, appealing to humanitarian organizations around the world: ‘Work hard to save our son and all prisoners from the Occupation prisons, to end their suffering by lifting their case up to international forums to assure their safety and their legal rights.’


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  1. #1 Timmy 14 Mar 13

    While I have no love for Islamists due to their repressive and domineering religion, I also have no regard for the Israeli (Nazi) type state either. Petty politics to say the least. I thought only muslims where against free will and fredom to express one's self. I guess this is just not the case.

  2. #2 Sebastian Lindqvist 27 Mar 13

    Cool, very powerful drawing. :)

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