Naji al-Ali

1937 - 1987

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Naji Salim Hussain al-Ali (Arabic: ناجي سليم العلي Nājī Salīm al-‘Alī; born c. 1938 – 29 August 1987) was a Palestinian cartoonist, noted for the political criticism of the Arab regimes and Israel in his works. He has been described as the greatest Palestinian cartoonist and probably the best-known cartoonist in the Arab world.He is best known as the creator of the character Handala, pictured in his cartoons as a young witness of the satirized policy or event depicted, and who has since become an icon of Palestinian defiance. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Naji al-Ali has received more than 222,003 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. Naji al-Ali is the 873rd most popular painter (down from 812th in 2019), the 185th most popular biography from Israel (down from 167th in 2019) and the most popular Painter.

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Among painters, Naji al-Ali ranks 873 out of 1,421Before him are Li Cheng, André Beauneveu, Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin, Chuck Close, Jan Porcellis, and Tarsila do Amaral. After him are Gustave Le Gray, Frans Hogenberg, Giovanni Giacometti, Antonio Vivarini, Constantin Hansen, and Ambrosius Holbein.

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Among people born in 1937, Naji al-Ali ranks 157Before him are Mintimer Shaimiev, Eduard Uspensky, Ratan Tata, Eduard Streltsov, Tung Chee-hwa, and Viktor Ponedelnik. After him are Peter Stein, Viacheslav Chornovil, Marie Dubois, Richard Jordan, Harris Yulin, and Rudi Altig. Among people deceased in 1987, Naji al-Ali ranks 91Before him are Konstantinos Tsatsos, Clarence Brown, J. P. Guilford, Maria von Trapp, Gerhard Klopfer, and Yasuo Haruyama. After him are Seyni Kountché, Renato Guttuso, Yves Allégret, Gustav Fröhlich, Alejandro Scopelli, and Cornelis Vreeswijk.

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In Israel

Among people born in Israel, Naji al-Ali ranks 185 out of 430Before him are Eutocius of Ascalon (480), Esther Ofarim (1941), Al-Hafiz (1074), Sarah Aaronsohn (1890), Yael Dayan (1939), and Alexander of Judaea (-100). After him are Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni (1907), Carmela Corren (1938), Rafael Eitan (1929), Hillel Slovak (1962), Hugh I of Cyprus (1194), and May Ziade (1886).

Among PAINTERS In Israel

Among painters born in Israel, Naji al-Ali ranks 1After him are Moshe Castel (1909).