Exclusive excerpt from Joe Sacco’s groundbreaking new book: Footnotes in Gaza

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As we approach the one year anniversary of Israel’s attack on Gaza, we are proud to be able to share with you an exclusive peek at Joe Sacco’s new book Footnotes in Gaza. Rather than focus on the current phase of the conflict, the book deals with an often forgotten, or unknown, event – the massacre of 111 Palestinians by Israeli forces in the Gaza towns of Rafah and Khan Younis in 1956. While these southern Gazan towns are currently in the news as the Gaza Freedom March and Viva Palestina convoy try to enter Rafah from Egypt, Sacco’s book takes us back to 1948 and 1956 to show us how we arrived at the point we are today.

We’ll be posting more on the book in coming weeks, including a more formal review and an interview with Sacco, but as we turn our eyes towards Gaza on this solemn anniversary, let us remember everything that came before it. (Click on the image below to view it larger, and then click in the upper right hand corner to scroll to the next page.)

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From the Book FOOTNOTES IN GAZA by Joe Sacco. Copyright © 2009 by Joe Sacce. Reprinted by arrangement with Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company LLC.

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  1. Gellian
    December 26, 2009, 3:12 pm

    I got my copy in the mail two days ago, the day it came out. Joe Sacco, you are my freakin’ hero. You are awesome. I looked for your email address to write you a fan note but couldn’t find it. So if you read this, you should know that I think your book is phenomenal!

  2. Gellian
    December 26, 2009, 3:14 pm

    P.S. You guys have got to see Patrick Cockburn’s review in the NYT – another milestone:

    link to nytimes.com

    Amazingly positive.

    • potsherd
      December 26, 2009, 4:59 pm

      Amazing that it got into the NYT!

      These are events that most of the readers will not have heard of, and they are a devastating indictment of the murderousness of the IDF, war criminals then, war criminals now, because they have never been held to account.

      • potsherd
        December 27, 2009, 10:49 am

        And a review in the LA TIMES now: link to latimes.com

        Very timely, good exposure for this issue.

    • sammy
      December 27, 2009, 4:01 am

      The killings in Khan Younis were relatively straightforward, according to eyewitnesses and a few survivors. The men of the town were told to line up in the main square and were then systematically shot so their bodies lay in a long row. Some who stayed in their homes were killed there.

      Thats bloodcurdling.

  3. Richard Parker
    December 26, 2009, 7:33 pm

    I have only just flicked through these drawings, and found them most informative about events I know little about.

    And very moving. How much have these people have endured over 61 years, and still endure now ?

    Patrick Cockburn’s review is also impressive.

    “The killings in Khan Younis were relatively straightforward, according to eyewitnesses and a few survivors. The men of the town were told to line up in the main square and were then systematically shot so their bodies lay in a long row. Some who stayed in their homes were killed there.”

    And this was only a decade or so after the Nazi atrocities at Lidice and Oradour-sur-Glane. Truly the path of Zionism has followed the model of Hitler.

    If the NYT gets Patrick Cockburn on its roster of journos, it can’t be all bad.

    I hope you will continue to give us more extracts.

  4. VR
    December 26, 2009, 7:52 pm
  5. radiorahim
    December 27, 2009, 5:39 pm

    I just finished reading it and its really incredible. History, personal experiences, context for understanding what is happening today – Sacco provides it all.

    • yonira
      December 27, 2009, 5:47 pm

      I unfortunately have not had the opportunity. From the excerpt provide there is no mention of the Egyptian occupation of Gaza, how did he address this?

      thanks Radio!

      • James Bradley
        December 30, 2009, 4:31 pm

        I just finished reading my copy.

        It was an excellent read, I almost couldn’t put it down.

        Also, the Egyptian occupation is mentioned with all its ups and downs in quite a bit of detail since the book does in fact take place when Gaza is under defacto Egyptian occupation.

  6. Gaza Digest | PINKtank linked to this.

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