What does Handala symbolize?
Handala (Arabic: حنظلة, romanized: Ḥanẓala), also Handhala, Hanzala or Hanthala, is a prominent national symbol and personification of the Palestinian people. The character has been described as “portraying war, resistance, and the Palestinian identity with astounding clarity”.
Who created the Handala?
Naji al Ali was forced to leave his hometown As Shajara in the north of Palestine in 1948 when he was a ten years old boy himself. The cartoonist made Handala look like a very simple boy, with very simple clothes and depicted barefoot as he wanted to symbolize his allegiance to the poor.
When was Naji Al-Ali killed?
August 29, 1987, Charing Cross Hospital, London, United KingdomNaji al-Ali / Assassinated
What is the flower of Palestine?
Poppy or Palestinian poppy is the official & national flower of Palestine.
What is the significance of Handala?
Handala became the signature of Naji al-Ali’s cartoons and remains an iconic symbol of Palestinian identity and defiance. The character has been described as “portraying war, resistance, and the Palestinian identity with astounding clarity”.
What is the significance of Handala’s posture when he returns?
When Handala returns, he will still be 10 years old, and then he will start growing up. His posture, with his turned back and clasped hands symbolise the character’s “rejection at a time when solutions are presented to us the American way” and as “a symbol of rejection of all the present negative tides in our region.”
When did Prince Handala turn his hands behind his back?
Handala appeared for the first time in Al-Seyassah in Kuwait on 13 July 1969, and first turned his back to the viewer and clasped his hands behind his back from 1973 onwards.
What is the meaning of the name of the character Handhal?
The character has been described as “portraying war, resistance, and the Palestinian identity with astounding clarity”. The name comes from Citrullus colocynthis (Arabic: حنظل , romanized : Handhal), a perennial plant local to the region of Palestine which bears a bitter fruit, grows back when cut and has deep roots.