Thursday, September 16, 2010

IN PICTURES: Palestine: Home of the Revolution...Artwork from the Popular & Democratic Fronts for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP & DFLP)

Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine modification of a famous cartoon of "Handala," a representative of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees. The original cartoon can be viewed and read about HERE. He was the creation of Palestinian artist and refugee Naji al-'Ali, who was assassinated in 1987. The text in this poster reads: "Resistance until victory, 1979-2009."

For a change of pace, the images in this post, which are taken from my research archive on political imagery from the Middle East and Muslim world, are from the two main Palestinian left-wing socialist-Marxist parties, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP).

As I become acclimated to life as a doctoral student, I will not have as much time to dedicate to blogging here (at the main Views from the Occident blog and its "Twitter Specials" subsidiary) as I would like. One way that I will continue to post regularly will be to publish more posts about what has been the focus of much of my research for the past year and a half: political/ideological artwork and the visual culture produced by Middle Eastern and Muslim groups in the modern period.

Logo of the DFLP

DFLP: "New Dawn for the Fate of the People & the Revolution, 1979-2009."

DFLP: "38 Years of the Revolution"

PFLP: "42 Years...Unity & Resistance & Steadfastness Win"

Logo of the PFLP's military wing, the Abu 'Ali Mustafa Brigades and photographs of PFLP leaders: (from left): Mustafa 'Ali Zibri or Abu 'Ali Mustafa, Dr. George Habbash, and imprisoned leader Ahmad Sa'dat. Habbash was the PFLP's founder, Zibri his successor who was assassinated by Israel in July 2000, and Sa'dat was Zibri's successor who was seized by Israeli military forces in 2006 in Jericho's prison, where he had been held by the Palestinian National Authority since 2002.

Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara


From left: Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasir 'Arafat, the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, and PFLP founder Dr. George Habbash.

DFLP rally; a boy holds up a poster of the Latin American Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara

1 comment:

Wastafarian said...

These posters are great.
I've seen one or two PFLP posters around bethlehem but some of these are throwbacks