JESUS WAS ALSO PALESTINIAN, ARTIST REMINDS US

UPROOTED PALESTINIANS: SALAM ALQUDS ALAYKUM

By Miko Peled

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What is in a cartoon? Who knows what Michelangelo’s political opinions were? What would he have thought about Palestine? We will never know. But there can be little doubt that had he seen this cartoon by the Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh, he would have been moved. I recently visited Italy and saw Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Pietà. It is so powerful that it draws you to the point where you feel the pain of the mother, Mary, holding the dead, limp body of her young, crucified son. It is a powerful image that recreates the moment that is perhaps more painful than any we can imagine: a mother grieving over her slain son. What could be worse than parents burying their children?

A PALESTINIAN MOTHER AND SON

The story of Jesus took place in Palestine. Michelangelo’s Pietà is an image of a Palestinian mother holding her young…

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