9" x 7"
pen and watercolor on illustration board
Palestine is similar in many ways. It was originally serialized quite a few years before Safe Area Gorazde and so it lacks some of the polish that experience gave the latter work. Nevertheless, it conveys it's point, which is as far as I can tell that; the Palestinean/Israeli conflict is opaque to a western view, even to someone who has spent time in the Occupied Territories speaking with Palestineans and Israelis. It's clear from any unbiased look at the situation that the Palestineans are brutally opressed, but Sacco's is not an unbiased opinion, and frankly it shouldn't be.
Almost 20 years after Sacco spent his time in the Occupied Territories, one can only imagine what things are like now in that part of the world.
I guess what Sacco doesn't do, even if it's clear he's trying to give voice to a people who have been more or less silenced in Western discourse thanks to the hand-in-glove relationship between the US and Israel, is declare who's right and who's wrong. That's too obscure and unfair a question considering the millions of individual lives involved on either side.
What he does do though, and there is no subtlety here as far as I can tell, is force you to ask yourself what the hell you are doing besides just reading a stupid 25 dollar graphic novel about it.