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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book For Everyone You Know, May 29 2002
This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
Joe Sacco has done mankind a service by illuminating one of the great continuing tragedies of our time, the brutal Israeli occupation of over 3 million Palestinians. We are spoon fed a nauseating stream of documentaries, movies, books, etc. about the Holocaust. I agree that Holocaust education is important, but the monumental place it has assumed eclipses many other chapters of human oppression and suffering around the world. The brutal Israeli occupation of the Palestninian people is one such place. Joe Sacco has done in the form of a graphic novel what the mainstream American media won't (or can't) do: he has put a human face on what lies beyond the Israeli side of the infamous 'greenline'. Palestnians wonder the frames of each picture like ghosts deformed by the unimaginable cruelty of the occupying Israeli forces. Yet in the end, Sacco posits these tortured souls in a very living and human face. A face that the reader can and is encouraged to empathize with. The central theme of the book is that Israeli occupation is no longer about self-defense, it has transformed into a manifestation of man's inhumanity to his fellow man and the Palestnian ability to maintain their humanity and love for life as the victim of so much inhumanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Palestine, Sept. 3 2002
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This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
In recent years, the scope of the comics medium has burst from the confines of children's and fictional genres to encompass substantive work in such realms as the graphic novel, autobiography, and biography. In his nine-part comic book Palestine, the final four issues of which are collected here, Sacco gives us the first major work of comics journalism. In 1991 he traveled to Jerusalem to observe Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. Out of that trip comes this highly ambitious and successful telling of the refugees' stories--some militant, others resigned--that include both emotional depictions of protest and torture and the quiet struggles of everyday survival. Although Sacco's sympathies, expressed through the first-person narration, are definitely with the Palestinians, the work overall is far too nuanced to be deemed propaganda. Sacco makes wildly experimental layouts coalesce into an imaginative yet solid storytelling style. Palestine shows that he is a top-rank talent who has staked out a unique place for himself in the comics field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular, heartrending, and honest, May 29 2004
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Kiran Lodhie "Kiran" (Los Angeles, Ca) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
This book is simply amazing. I'm a second-year college student and it is required reading in my Comp Lit class. It shows you the side of an issue mainstream media doesn't want you to see, and those who refuse to see the side of Palestinians will, even after reading this book, deny the truth. Joe Sacco is brilliant, as his evidence is first hand, his writing realistic, and drawings eye-opening. For anyone who is sick of seeing the issue of Palestine from the view of money hungry media people, this is the book to get. You'll cry. I guarantee, because Sacco will show you the truth as you aren't supposed to see it.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality Bites, May 16 2003
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Hasan Barakat (Over Yonder) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
Too much coverage of the Israeli-Palestine conflict limits itself to the (almost boring by now) daily Ruters action-reaction of militant activity and IDF reprisal. Forgotten is the fact that millions of regular, normal human beings have to endure occupation in the name of nationalism and religion, backed by military might.
Joe Sacco shows us that there are Palestinian men, women, teenagers, grandmothers, farmers, cab drivers, fruit sellers, and many, many other HUMANS that suffer quietly behind fences, tanks, bars, blindfolds in the face of overwhelming military might. His entire mission is to listen to stories of occupation, and he devotes many pages to stories that will make your skin crawl. He'll remind you that most Palestinian men have been to an Israeli prison, most Palestinian men have been beaten, many Palestinian men have endured torture, and that most Palestinians endure humiliation on a daily basis.
If you do pick up this book (and you should), I'd urge you to keep in mind the whole time you're reading it that it takes place over a decade ago. Try and imagine if innocent lives have changed for the better. Remind yourself that mass punishment of an entire people is a war crime. Above all, remember that millions of Palestinians are not all suicide bombers as we are led to believe in the media, and those innocents caught up do in fact have aspirations of education, travel, love and freedom.
And then the bulldozers came.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate and Heart-Rending Portrayal, June 22 2007
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Harrison Koehli (Alberta, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
Joe Sacco lived in Palestine for 3 months, living and conversing with Palestinians about the horrors of Israeli occupation. He shows visually what Human Rights reports can only give in statistics: the shame and inhumanity of arbitrary checkpoints, the immense grief of losing a son or daughter to blatant Israelis aggression and Chauvinism, the deadening effect of a life fully controlled by a racist occupying force in one's own country, and the stoic resolve with which innocent Palestinians (women, children, men) are tortured by Israeli Shin Bet.

Israeli apologists and closet bigots will ironically (and predictably) call this book "propaganda" and "lies". Unfortunately for them, truth does not conform to the subjective imaginings of a flawed and hypocritical ideology. Zionism is founded on the exploitation and suffering of the Palestinians, and no amount of prevarication, sophistry, and lies can change this fact.

Sacco's artwork is unique and eye-catching, meticulous and quirky. The images are worth the price alone. A must-read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joe Sacco's Palestine, Jan. 4 2011
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Scroozle (Korea & Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
Joe Sacco's Palestine works well as a graphic novel. The narrative is tight, the details in the artwork are meticulous, and the chapters flow into each other with a sense of purpose. But where it really shines is as a work of investigative journalism. Rarely has the graphic novel format been utilised in so powerful a manner.

The work not only serves as a collection of Palestinian experiences; it also gives the reader a greater sense, and appreciation, for the Palestinian people and culture. You may not always agree with the sentiments echoed in the pages but you can also not deny they come from experiences far more bitter than most of us will ever have in our lives.

This collection belongs on the shelf of those interested in the conflict in Gaza, whether they are fans of comicbooks or not. Academics can enjoy the level of detail and research in the collection, and comic book fans can enjoy the level of maturity sometimes absent in the industry.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring it on, Zionists!, March 28 2009
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This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
It's high time for a "biased and un-academic" and "gloriously one-sided" story -- from the Palestinian side, that is. We need many more of those before we finally get the right balance, if that is possible in such a lopsided conflict. So thanks to those reviewers who've turned their Zionist noses up at this book. You've convinced me to purchase it. Can't wait till it arrives in my mailbox!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, June 1 2003
This review is from: Palestine Collection (Paperback)
Very informative and enjoyable. Really let's you see what life in the occupied territories is like by using the best means possible--the words of the people that live there themselves everyday.
This is a must read for anyone interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Throughly recommended!
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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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