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 205,670 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Naji al-Ali is the 813th most popular painter (down from 797th in 2019), the 168th most popular biography from Israel (down from 157th in 2019) and the most popular Israeli Painter.

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Among painters, Naji al-Ali ranks 813 out of 1,428Before him are Effie Gray, Joseph Anton Koch, Mariano Fortuny, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Frans Pourbus the Younger, and Jean-Paul Laurens. After him are Carle Vernet, Adriaen van de Velde, Thomas Rowlandson, Frank Dicksee, Andrea Schiavone, and Emil Orlík.

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Among people born in 1937, Naji al-Ali ranks 135Before him are Bella Akhmadulina, Mitsuo Kamata, Ted Nelson, Dick Dale, Valentin Bondarenko, and Ratan Tata. After him are Eduard Streltsov, Alberto Spencer, Joseph Estrada, Lusine Zakaryan, Luciana Paluzzi, and Giorgi Shengelaia. Among people deceased in 1987, Naji al-Ali ranks 81Before him are Salim Ali, Otto Wöhler, Tawfiq al-Hakim, Masatoshi Nakayama, Charan Singh, and Clarence Brown. After him are Mary Astor, Alfred Bester, Bertrand de Jouvenel, Henri Cochet, Nobuhito, Prince Takamatsu, and Claudio Villa.

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In Israel

Among people born in Israel, Naji al-Ali ranks 168 out of 389Before him are Al-Hafiz (1074), Eutocius of Ascalon (480), Yael Dayan (1939), Uzi Narkiss (1925), Taqi al-Din al-Nabhani (1909), and Esther Ofarim (1941). After him are Dirk III, Count of Holland (982), Rafael Eitan (1929), Avram Grant (1955), Amos Tversky (1937), Wadie Haddad (1927), and Gali Atari (1953).

Among PAINTERS In Israel

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