Footnotes in Gaza
Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, is a squalid place. Raw concrete buildings front trash-strewn alleys. The narrow streets are crowded with young children and unemployed men. On the border with Egypt, swaths of Rafah have been...more
The idea is 1) that each person has created a complex web of beliefs that fit together in such a way as to support their perception of the world and 2) as new pieces of information are ...more
In 1956, during a brief conflict between Israel and Egypt that no one in America knows about since we weren't there and never made a TV show about it, Israeli troops raided the refugee towns of Khan Younis and Rafah in the Gaza Strip and killed upwards of 111 Arabs, most of whom were innocent bystanders.
So why should we care about ancient history? Many of Joe Sacco's sources say the same thing as he basically ...more
This book is about his adventure to get to the bottom of what happened in Khan Younis and in Rafah in November 1956. According to UN figures quoted in the book, ...more
I have read Sacco's other two books, Palestine and Safe Area Gorazade, both also insightful treatments of genuinely heart-wrenching daily living circumstances; and based on a solid foundation of Sacco's experience investigating the stories and the people whom service grand narrative structure.
The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son…...more
“When the facts come home to roost, let us try at least to make them welcome…to give due account for the sake of freedom to the best in men and to the worst.”
But I believe there'll come a day when the lion and the lamb
Will lie down in peace together in Jerusalem
And there'll be no barricades then
There'll be no wire or walls
And we can wash all this blood from our
Beneath any retelling are incidents of kindness and cruelty, justice and injustice, that are lost in that retelling. To focus on a single story would mean missing the larger story, so those individual tales become footnotes, only valued if enough of them accumulate to ...more
It is my pet theory that history should be taught in the form of historical fiction - we must develop empathy by humanising the victims, instead of just making students learn dates/facts by heart. Maybe we can also teach history via graphic novels such as these.
This was my 3rd book by the author and because I have already read his well-rounded "Palestine", I wondered whether it was worth reading this one. ...more
"This is the story of footnotes to a sideshow of a forgotten war. The war pitted Egypt against the strange alliance of Britain, France, and Israel in 1956; the sideshow was the ongoing raids and counter-raids across the border by Palestinian guerillas and Israeli forces.
History can do without its footnotes. Footnotes are inessential at ...more
People that Sacco interview are present with their bodies through illustrations and Joe gives their memories a material space. Space is very important in this story since the foremost issue here is ...more
Recommended for anyone who wants to learn in detail about one of the many massacres against the Palestinian population, ...more