Turkish contest on Palestine honoring Handala invites world cartoonists

A Turkish association has organized an international cartoon contest on Palestine in the name of world-wide murdered Palestinian cartoonist of Handala.

Turkish contest on Palestine honoring Handala invites world cartoonists

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Turkish association has organized an international cartoon contest on Palestine in the name of world-wide cartoon character Handala and his Palestinian creater assassinated Naji al Ali.

Handala is a 10-years old boy who has never grown up, reminding his creater worldwide known cartoonist Naji al Ali.

The palestinian cartoonist Naji al Ali, who had shelted to a refugee camp in Lebanon after the 1948 occupation when he was 10 years old and who has been assasinated by Israeli agents in London in 1987 has left the child to the world; it is Handala.

naji-al-ali-handala.jpgHandala has became one of the major symbols of the Palestinian national resistance who never yielded to the Israel since decades.

This contest is being organized by Association for Solidarity with Palestinian People (Turkey) and HOMUR Humor and Cartoon Group.

The works must reach the organizing association not later than 22nd of November 2010, Monday.

Under nearly 40 thousand cartoons who narrate Palestine, appears Handala as he has turned us his back. He is offended to everybody who do not hear the voice of a people of which the country and right to life is stolen; and it is only after the liberation of Palestine that he will turn his face again.

“We started to work to commemorate the memory of Naji al Ali, who dedicated his life of 50 years to the stuggle to free his country, and he did it mainly by his cartoons,” the organization said.

Special prize to teenagers

The Turkish association called “everyone who want to support this heritage as well as to support this struggle”, the cartoon contest “Naji al Ali” on Palestine.

The Contest is open to cartoonists from all over the world. Also "Handala ‘Stone General’ Special Prize" will be given to two cartoonists who are between 10-13 and 14-17 years old.

Meanwhile the winner of the contest would be presented a Big Prize of Naji al Ali one of the works. In addition to this, there will be four equivalent achievement prizes.

They said that aim of the contest is to make heard the sound of Naji al Ali, Handala and Palestine.

The cartoonists are free to participate with already published works as long as these works have not previously been awarded in any other contest. The maximum number of works for each cartoonist to participate the contest is 3.


After the contest, an album of cartoons those determined by the jury will be sent to cartoonists.

Besides, a circulating exhibition will be organized from the participant workings. Foremost, this exhibition will travel to cities of Turkey, like İstanbul, İzmir, Eskişehir, Adana, Zonguldak, Antalya. Then, it will be exhibited both some cities and centers of the world and Middle Eastern Countries.

The adress for the cartoonists preferring to use post offices to participate the contest is:

Filistin Halkıyla Dayanışma Derneği, Hüseyin Ağa Mah. Dudu Odalar Sok. No:10 Kat:3 Beyoğlu/İSTANBUL/TÜRKİYE

E-mail adress for the online participation is: [email protected]

(For more information: homur.blogspot.com; bizimhanzala.blogspot.com; for communication: [email protected])


Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Temmuz 2010, 18:01