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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and convincing with only minor flaws
Joe Sacco's "Palestine" addresses, in my opinion, one of the most important issues within the conflict with Israel.
Palestinian terrorists are brutal, inhumane and ineffective. But, and this is a MAJOR but, what do you do about the plight of the Palestinian people? How can you defend what they experience day in and day out? Joe Sacco's drawings and writing offer us...
Published on May 19 2002 by Traveler

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Trip through Palestinian Eyes
What makes this work valuable is the focus on the views of the Palestinian without even attempting to explain the history and events that lead to their plight. Sacco just suspends the why's.
What we see is a dark, depressed and oppressed people who unfortunately harbour a growing hatred and resentment towards the Israelis. It does not leave you hopeful for a peaceful...
Published on March 13 2002


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4.0 out of 5 stars Journo in Palestine, Nov. 25 2012
This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
Time specific and yet relevant today. Expertly drawn scenes of muddy war torn life in Palestine. Cultural features are captured and moments of anguish are so well retold, they are felt by the reader. Worth reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The value of this book is relative to its audience, Sept. 12 2002
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al mann (Athens, Greece) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
It may be the case that in the United States the issues of the Middle East are presented in a very subjective manner (pro-Israeli) through mainstream media. This is not the case where I live now, where there is a pro-Palestinian sentiment, expressed again in a subjective manner.
The value of this book is relative to the exposure one has already had on the subject. If you do not know much about it, and especially if you have lived in an environment which portrays Palestinians as bad and Israelis as good, then this is a good book for you, that will open your eyes to the other side of the story.
However, you should not then regard this book as the truth. It is subjective as well in its own manner. Its subjectivity lies not so much on the presentation of non-truths, or its certain exagerations, but rather on its omission of truths which support the other side. For example, when the name "Golda Meier" comes up, the book mentions statements she made about the Palestinians which are ridiculous and cruel: and she did make such statements. However, when the name Nasser comes up, he appears only as someone who "symbolises Arab nationalism and unity," which is a great injustice to history and to the reader. Moreover, the coverage of the Israeli side of the story is so superficial, that it would be better if it had been omitted altogether.
Therefore, you should follow up in quest for knowledge on the subject with more material, from both sides. (try not to spend time looking for something "objective!" It does not exist.
Finally, if you have already been exposed to the various sides of the debate, this book may prove a good way to remind yourself that, after all the analysis of whose fault was what, and who is historically to blame, and what the legal issues are and the technicalities, there is alot of human suffering involved. I, personally, have experienced the human suffering from the Israeli side, and can venture to assert that it can reach similar levels. Afterall, if you start debating on moral issues by counting body bags, and comparing who suffers more, and who deserves it more, then you have lost the plot.
(The most disturbing aspect of this book is the portrayal of the place of women in society - the west vs. Palestine.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, June 10 2002
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This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
I'm not quite sure where to begin with this one... Sacco's work is amazing, bordering on briliant. He exposes the harsh realities of life within the Palestinian refugee camps like nothing else I've seen. Sacco needs to be commended for his ability to catch so many different shades of Arab opinion in such a small number of pages. Sacco does not, however, make a significant attempt write about the Israeli perspective (he does devote a few pages to this). But that is not a problem. As Sacco says, he (as well as the whole world) have been receiving the Israeli perspective for over 50 years. His goal was not to give their point of view, thats been done a thousand times.
Additionally, the artwork is absolutely stunning! In the pictures alone he captures the life of a typical Palestinian Arab. The despair he paints on their face matches the horrible experience they've been through. Amazing...
Please pick this sentimental roller coaster up to supplement your historical and academic reading on the subject. You won't be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and a first of its' kind., Jan. 5 2002
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Rifat Audeh (Rochester Hills, MI United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
This book on Palestine from Joe Sacco, is an incredibly powerful medium to relay the events in the occupied territories, in a style that everyone can understand. Unlike most other books written on the topic -in dry and boring terms that seem to only elicit the interest of historians or those involved in the conflict in one way or another- this book captivates the reader in its spell, from cover to end.
Sacco does an amazing job at covering a wide range of issues that represent life under occupation, in addition to delving slightly into the history behind it to give one a comprehensive view. In his coverage, he keenly pays attention to the smallest of details, from capturing the emotions on one's face, to the markings on a wall in a refugee camp.
Throughout it all, he masterfully provokes a wide range of emotions in the reader.
What comes through above all however, is the brutal honesty that Sacco strikes his readers with, in conveying his own fears and sarcasm simultaneously.

It is no wonder therefore, that the nine-issue comic series this book collected under one cover, won a 1996 American Book Award.
For anyone who was ever curious about the situation in Palestine today, or wanted to know more about the Israeli occupation and why the Middle East is such a boiling point, this book is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal, Dec 25 2001
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This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
This comic book made the plight of the Palestinian people real to me in a way no other book, or even documentary film, ever has. What makes the comic format so well suited for this story is that unlike other formats such as documentary film or prose, Sacco is able to graphically illustrate the stories that his interview subjects tell him, so we get to see, for example, what its like inside Ansar III prison, or at an Israeli "interrogation" of a Palestinian stone-thrower. He is a gifted illustrator-- his mastery of displaying subtle human emotions through facial expression is breathtaking.
This book series will probably be criticized for being "one sided," and it definitely is (not one bad thing happens to an Israeli in the book.) Yet, as the narrator replies when an Israeli woman in the comic says, "You should hear our side of the story,".... "I've heard nothing but the Israeli side most of my life." Here is a gripping view from the other side of the line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy two, give one away, Nov. 28 2001
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Nigel Parry (St. Paul, MN USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
This new one volume edition of Joe Sacco's Palestine comics evokes my first trip to the occupied Palestinian territories in 1989 a couple of years before Sacco's first visit from 1991-1992. His book faithfully represents the contradictions and striking images of the conflict, and being a graphic novel/comic book renders them visually and powerfully.
I couldn't think of a better medium to explain the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to someone than this book, which stands out as an honest account of one man's attempt to make sense of it all, as well as a work of art in its own right.
Powerfully-told stories are laced with well-researched facts, all couched in Sacco's humanity and disbelief at the people he meets and the events he sees. Particularly chilling is the account of a Palestinian father's torture experience. The book covers a wide variety of other topics, including refugees, Israeli attitudes, life inside prison, and more, introducing these issues (along with the atmosphere of a visit to Palestine) through Sacco's walk through the West Bank and Gaza, talking to people there.
The second half of Sacco's book opens up more of the conflict, this time in the setting of Gaza, but should be considered as indivisible from the first half, as the two halves represent the complete collection of "Palestine" comics originally published as individual magazines, then as a two volume edition.
The visual imagery is almost photographically faithful to the actual landscapes and cityscapes of Palestine, and accounts such as Sacco's taxi ride to Nablus will elicit delighted cries of recognition and wry laughter from those who have visited the country.
This book is a 'must have' that you will definitely not be disappointed with if you're buying them for yourself, and should be considered a necessary part of your standard tools to explain the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict to others. In the absense of a Palestinian "Cry Freedom", this is the next best thing.
Nigel Parry
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THREE, GIVE AWAY TWO!, Dec 21 2001
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AQ (New York, NY United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
Joe Sacco brilliantly gives voices and faces to the masses of 'invisible' Palestinians and in sharing their stories Sacco has created an incredibly personal and emotionally powerful historical document of an endangered people. Sacco gives humanity and dignity to the overlooked victims, as well as providing historical and political context to their struggle. Joe Sacco also brilliantly interweaves himself into the comic frames, as he is not just looking in from the outside but revealing from the inside, adding further strength to his work.
By far, this is the best treatment of the Middle East conflict that I have read and I guarantee you will not be able to put it down until you get to the last page and then you'll want to start all over again! A keeper to be shared with as many as possible.
I commend the publishers for their courageous efforts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant account of what the Palestians have had to endure, March 22 2002
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This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
Joe Sacco's "Palestine" provides the western world with a powerful account of the Palestinian perspective of their conflict with Israel. Sacco's path takes him through much of the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem and parts of Israel. He tells the stories of the people he meets and through them paints a picture of the brutality and injustice they endure under the apartheid policies of Israel. With the media coverage of the conflict being what it is, the accessibility of the graphic novel format makes "Palestine" a singularly important work. By communicating the truth, perhaps a lasting solution to this conflict can be found.
Although the journalistic content of "Palestine" is its primary value, it also stands on its own aesthetically. Sacco also writes well and the narrative flows smoothly from one part of his journey to another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book., July 17 2002
This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
Sacco never preaches, he just reports. And the reporting gave me all sorts of insight into what our media never seems to touch: the lives of ordinary Palestinians, day-to-day. It is astounding. And Sacco is not an apologist for terrorism; in fact he doesn't even discuss Palestinian terrorists. He just talks about what he saw: regular people. Sometimes intelligent and noble, sometimes small-minded and misguided. Just like people everywhere else. But when you think that SO many Palestinians have lived under these contitions their whole lives- have never travelled, and every Jew they have ever met has been a settler or a soldier- you start to understand why this is a no-win situation for anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye Opener!!!, Feb. 18 2003
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This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
This is an eye opener! Joe Sacco has done a brilliant job in showing what the "other side" of the story is about. In America, all we hear are negatives about Palestinians, and never about why they do the things they are "accused" of. This book is brilliant in opening our eyes to the horrors behind the "curtain" and has great visual images depicting horrific scenes. One doesn't say to believe everything you read, but this is an enjoyable book to read!
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