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Naji Salim al-Ali, the Palestinian cartoonist best known for his drawing of Hanzala - a sketch of a 10-year-old boy who stands barefoot 'in rugged clothes with his back turned and hands clasped, symbolising the resistance of the Palestinian people against the Israeli occupation of their homeland - was shot 28 years ago outside the London office of Kuwaiti newspaper Al Qabas.
Al-Ali. who was also was noted for the political criticism of the Arab regimes and Israel in his more than 40,000 cartoons, which were known for their reflection on Palestinian and Arab public opinion, was hit in the right temple and remained unconscious until his death on August 29, 1987.
Hanzala, also known as Handala, was the most famous of Naji al-Ali's characters and is still popular today. When asked what exactly the cartoon represented, the prize-winning artist and former president of the League of Arab Cartoonists explained it demonstrated his age when forced to leave Palestine and would not grow up until he could return to his homeland.
Ismail Sowan, a 28-year-old Jerusalem-born Palestinian researcher at Hull University and member of the Palestine Liberation Organization was arrested in connection with his death, but the PLO itself denied ordering the assassination. Sawan later admitted that he worked as a double agent for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.
The revelation angered the then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher so much that she closed Mossad’s London base in Palace Green, Kensington, and expelled three Israeli diplomats, one of whom was an embassy attache.
Naji Salim al-Ali was buried in Brookwood Islamic Cemetery outside London.
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