Drawing the Kafr Qasem Massacre

Based on interviews with survivors, Samia Halaby created a set of documentary drawings on the 1956 Kafr Qasem massacre. The emotions of anger and fear leap from every page of this book, enabling the reader to bear witness to the terrible suffering endured by the inhabitants of this small Palestinian village.

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Author: Samia Halaby


‘An important contribution to the preservation of Palestinian memory.’
Ramona Wadi for Middle East Monitor

The 1956 Kafr Qasem massacre was carried out by the Israeli Border Police under cover of the tripartite attack on Egypt by England, France, and Israel. Two other massacres took place during the ensuing days in the cities of Rafah and Khan Younis, where 111 and 275 Palestinian civilians were slaughtered by Israeli troops on their way to Egypt, respectively. In Kafr Qasem, an artifice was created to provide a fig-leaf excuse for the killing of innocent people — a curfew announced less than a half an hour before it was implemented. Workers returning home, tired and hungry, unaware of the curfew, were cold-bloodedly shot dead by members of the Israeli Border Police.


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Design: HvADesign
ISBN: 9789053308745
21 x 24.15 cm
264 pages with 100 illustrations in full colour

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Weight 1.150 kg


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