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Israel arrests Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh

Saba'anehPalestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh, a contributor to the Cartoon Movement comics journalism site, was arrested by Israeli authorities on Saturday and is being held without access to a lawyer, a situation that could continue indefinitely. The Cartoon Movement blog has been tracking the story as well as the reaction by international organizations.

Saba’aneh is a political cartoonist for Al-Hayat al-Jadida, the official newspaper of the Palestinian National Authority, the governing body for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and his cartoons comment on the political and human rights situation of the region, often criticizing the Israeli detention of Palestinians. He also works in the public relations department of the Arab American University. He visited the United States in 2010 as a participant in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

On Thursday, an Israeli military court extended Saba’aneh’s detention for nine days, and further extensions are possible. According to the International Council for Human Rights, “The Israeli security forces refuse to disclose any details on Mohammed Sabaana’s whereabouts and further deny to grant access to his lawyer or his family members. He is also at serious risk of torture and ill-treatment.”

The reason for Saba’aneh’s arrest is not clear; the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, which has called for Saba’aneh’s release, said he is accused of “providing services to unspecified ‘hostile organizations.” However, the CPJ’s Sharif Mansour said “Israel has a history of using administrative detention to silence critical reporting. This flies in the face of international law. The Israeli authorities must explain why they have used such an overbroad security statute against political cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh.”

The CPJ and Cartoonists Rights Network International have called for Saba’aneh’s immediate release; Saba’aneh is the CRNI’s representative in Palestine, and the head of the organization has written to the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. asking that Saba’aneh be set free. Reporters Without Borders has also condemned the arrest. The International Council for Human Rights has issued a call to action, urging people to send letters to the Israeli authorities and international organizations demanding that Saba’aneh be released.

A gallery of Saba’aneh’s cartoons is here.

(via The Daily Cartoonist )

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Well, let’s hope there is a real reason to hold him instead of some political idiot wanting to flex his muscle.

It’s doubtful there’s a real reason. Israel doesn’t need lawful reasons to silence the lower special class.

This guy draws cartoons about food relief intentionally being poisoned. His bad cartoons don’t come off as elegant commentry. Just dangerous bunk. If this guy was American. his ass would be sued. he would be fired.

@Generic Eric

why would you want him to be in jail and possibly tortured, of if he was american (a more pleasant life it seems), why would you want him to be fired ?

What he did to you ?

“He is also at serious risk of torture and ill-treatment”
Right. Because Israel always tortures little Arab boys. Did you get your intel from one too many political cartoons? Israel is not a Nazi state, contrary to popular belief. My grandfather, Naeim Giladi, was considered a bit of a public enemy for his writings, I myself recently published an image of a Jewess making out with Hitler and one of Netanyahu and Angela Merkel in provocative lingerie, and the list goes on and on of people who have mocked and criticized Israel through art and literature and not been detained, much less tortured. Cartoons are not “critical reporting”. Nobody but radical Islamists will take cartoons seriously enough to detain someone over them.
One sure fire way to be detained would be to be suspected of having terrorist ties, and although the international “community” wants to believe otherwise, the majority of Gaza Strip residents are NOT to be likened to starving children in Africa, but rather affiliated with or approving of terrorists. If this guy was linked to Gaza-based or -connected organization, he shouldn’t be surprised he’s seen as a threat.

Other than that, whatever happens to him won’t be a loss to the cartoon world. The guy sucks. I mean, his work sucks. Not for its content, but because he draws like a 15-year-old who just discovered Gimp.

I don’t understand some people posting comments like Generic Eric. Here is a guy who is just detained that might be tortured and there is always some people to think they worth better than others… People can be really ugly,.
Anna’s opinion about his drawing skills is out of subject here, we just wish that he can be free…or have a decent trial if he’s really a terrorist.
By the way since you like to criticize, saw your works on deviant art, it’s really weak, you barely know human anatomy and i can tell by your drawings than you can’t draw hands properly… photoshoping some background for your characters…. so i guess by this that you even don’t know perspective…so just STFU when you draw not that much better than the guy that you are criticizing. People are really unbelievable look at yourself first in the mirror. Putain de bordel de merde!

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