Cartoons in Conflict
22 Oct 2012–24 Feb 2013
Cartoons can be controversial, and often spark debate. The Cartoons in Conflict exhibition displays caricatures that act as peace initiatives, to generate reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.
The cartoons bring an alternative spotlight to this conflict. They are about reconciliation, dialogue and tolerance. And about hope. Humour is also used to empower their message and to highlight the lack of progress in the political arena.
The exhibition consists of a total of 40 caricatures. 35 well-known cartoonists from 21 different countries have contributed. The most well-known include Pulitzer Prize winner Pat Oliphant, Jim Morin and French satirist Plantu. South African artist Zapiro and Norwegian Roar Hagen have also contributed.
The exhibition previously ran in Israel, Great Britain, America, Italy, Germany, Holland and Luxemburg.
Organizing an exhibition of cartoons illustrating reconciliation in conflict was an extremely difficult and challenging task for the Parents Circle Families Forum. Challenging because peace, reconciliation and
tolerance seem impossible to achieve in the morning, within reach at lunch time and so distant in the evening.
- Michel Kichka
The Parents Circle Families Forum is the organisation behind the exhibition. Israel’s best-known cartoonist, Michel Kichka, has been the curator.
The Parents Circle Families Forum is a joint Palestinian Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. Despite their painful losses they have chosen to work for peace and reconciliation between the two parties of the conflict.
The exhibition is on display in our education room on the second level. It is open to the public after school hours and on weekends.
Below is a film where Robi Damelin talks about the Cartoons in Conflict exhibition. Robi has lost his son in the Israeli Palestinian conflict, and is one of the founders of The Parents Circle Families Forum: