The last time I saw Naji al-Ali, the well-known caricaturist, was at a dinner in his house a short while before he was assassinated. I was with colleague Adib Abu Alwan and some other mutual friends. We did not politically agree with each other but we appreciated Naji a lot for he was a creative artist. It never crossed our mind that someone may think of assassinating an artist no matter how much a dispute escalated. The media society in London was shocked by this unprecedented terrible crime but that was it as perhaps many avoided engaging in the mud of politics.
The British police has decided to reopen the case 30 years later. Perhaps they have new leads and perhaps the sleeping consciences will awake as even if the perpetrator is not arrested or if the masterminds are not exposed, it’s still important to awaken the public conscience which forgot about this crime. He who opened fire killing Naji is one criminal but those who colluded through their silence over the truth are actually many or rather an entire society. They kept silent as a result of a culture that steps on values and people in the name of slogans and the cause.
Naji as a political caricaturist had his opinions against peace and against the Palestinian Liberation Organization and its leader Yasser Arafat. The crime was a personal vendetta as caricatures and articles do not have the power the change no matter how expressive they are.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر