'Palestine' By Joe Sacco
This book was drawn from the experiences of a westerner who lived for a few months in Palestine and frankly, it was harrowing. The book, monotone in its design and with pages of dense writing really wouldn’t be seen as enticing in the normal sense of graphic novels. However, it held its own with its truth, reality and gritty imagery.
The book seemed relevant to this summer due to the current middle eastern conflict and really and truly I wonder how much the current situation in Palestine has improved. Certainly the constant oppressive fear and anger over reduced rights and freedom would create this palestinian anger and it helped rationalise the hatred of the arabs towards the Jews in my mind.
However, his summary of the situation with his final chapter really showed the reality of the situation. His laid back life in Tel Aviv and conversations in the comfort of western style illustrates our real lack of knowledge and cultural ability to fully appreciate the situation. This really has led me to question what is right and wrong in the middle east and frankly, its all a huge muddle in my mind. My only thoughts that seem true are this. Britain really fucked up by giving the Jews land that already belonged to a proud and native people and, secondly. Both people are equally hateful, fearful and racist toward one another. To really address the terror there must be a humanitarian and respectful agreement because separate states won’t fix the enmity of the peoples. Only their respect toward one another will.
If I have offended anyone it is not my will or desire to have done so, I am merely throwing my two measly cents into the ring with the hope that the humanity and empathy of these people will come to the fore.