Germany prints stamps of Palestinian iconic cartoon

In an ode to Naji al-Ali's Handala, the orphan who became the iconic symbol of Palestinian identity, Germany has printed stamps depicting him in honor

Germany prints stamps of Palestinian iconic cartoon

World Bulletin / News Desk

Germany's Deutsche Post, in a touching gesture, has printed a series of works in honour of Handala, a cartoon character representing a Palestinian orphan rejecting the Israeli atrocities in Palestine.

Their aim was to raise awareness of the deplorable conditions of Palestinians by printing Naji al-Ali’s work on a series of its stamps. They plan to donate all revenue to equip a hospital in the Palestinian city of Beit Sahour, Palestinian television network reported on Tuesday.

In a report by Press TV, it explains that Handala is a 10-year-old boy who usually has his back turned to readers while clasping hands, conveying a symbolic message of rejecting the Israeli atrocities on Palestine.

“Handala will still be 10, and then he will start growing up. The laws of nature do not apply to him. He is unique. Things will become normal again when the homeland returns,” reads a statement by Ali on the official Handala website. Handala is usually dressed in frayed, worn-out clothes and is barefoot to show solidarity with underprivileged Palestinian child refugees. 

The decision to print the stamps comes after a delegation from a German medical charity visited Ahmad Maslamani hospital, the severely under-equipped medical center of Beit Sahour.

One of the administrators of the hospital lauded Germany’s move and said that the hospital is still in dire need of medical supplies and equipment.

Ali, a severe critic of Israel and Saudi Arabia, was assassinated in 1987 in London. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Haziran 2015, 14:43