Political Cartoons of an Arab Master
This is the book by the brilliant Syrian cartoonist, Ali Farzat, who was severely beaten up by armed goons of the Syrian regime yesterday.
[An Arabic / English Edition]
We are deeply saddened by the recent attack on Ali Farzat that has left him in the hospital with mangled hands and other wounds. Early Thursday morning, as he left his studio on Pakistan Street in downtown Damascus after a night’s work . . . he was forced into an suv by men with guns who drove him into the desolate land in the direction of the airport, beat him, and pushed him from the vehicle.
We ask humanitarians within Syria and around the world to use this moment to restore sanity and dialogue to Syria and to the world . . . as we have oft been encouraged to do by this fearless man with a pen.
Farzat’s caricatures are widely published in Europe and across the Arab world. Farzat is head of the Arab Cartoonists’ Union and has received the distinguished Prince Claus award (Holland).
Ali Farzat is the Shakespeare of Arab political cartoonists. A man who speaks “truth to power,” Farzat has had his share of harassment, threats, and indignities at the hands of public officials. Farzat’s favorite target is government bureaucrats. His caricatures give hope to the disenfranchised, the poor, and the hungry. Farzat is an authentic Arab voice. And yet he does not hesitate to buck the tide of opinion in the Arab world. (He consistently disparaged Saddam Hussein, for example, prior to the US invasion of Iraq.)
Farzat’s work is a cry for justice that cuts across all cultures.