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Palestine by Joe Sacco
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Feb 03, 2012

really liked it
Read from January 29 to February 02, 2012

This work of comic journalism explores the situation in the much disputed territory of the Gaza strip. Joe Sacco goes out among Palestinians in a variety of locations- but their stories are all eeriely similar. They've been jailed, they've been beaten, they've been shot, they've lost a home or had their property destroyed. They've all lost relatives to violent deaths.

Many of them have been tortured.

There's no funds for education. The curfews and permission problems keep them from finding jobs- all the jobs are in Israel, and if they can't get to those jobs then they have no income.

They throw stones at soldiers and the soldiers retaliate with guns, they go into their houses and take fathers and sons and women away from their families and detain them for days, sometimes weeks, before they're brought to a judge. And sometimes that judge only orders that they be detained more.

At the end of the book, Joe Sacco presents some of the Israeli side. Undoubtedly they too have suffered catastrophic loss -and there have been some incidents of terrorism toward them that have been inexcusable. But by pushing the Palestinians out of their homeland to make room for their own country and by ruling so harshly over them - they are perpetuating a lot of these problems.

The situation in the Middle East is one for which there is no easy solution, and the book presents this too - the hopelessness of there being no resolution in sight.

I cried more than a few times reading this. It was very hard hitting. Some reviews I have seen criticize the art style, but I think it is very appropriate to the subject matter - dark, heavy, and with much information crowded onto each page the way these people are crowded into refugee camps.

Looking forward to reading more of his work.

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