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Cartoon expo in Tehran highlights Palestinian cause

Yusef Jalalai
Press TV, Tehran

From the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds, to the Arab normalization with Israel, these caricatures recount the sufferings of Palestinians under decades of Israeli occupation.

Dubbed "Palestine is not alone", the Tehran-based exhibition showcases artworks submitted by 2,500 artists from 60 countries.

The exhibition has a special section that highlights the Arab states' normalization of ties with the Israeli regime.

Last year, the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan normalized their ties with Israel, something which Muslims around the world denounced as betrayal to Palestinians.

Israel has for seven decades been pressing ahead with construction of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and continues to deny millions of Palestinian refugees the right to return.

While Palestinians have ever since been resisting the occupation, they believe any kind of support by the world matters, and art is also a powerful medium that can get their messages across.

The expo comes days ahead of the International Quds Day, which falls on the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan and is marked annually with rallies.

This year, however, the authorities have decided to cancel the rallies due to the coronavirus pandemic, but they say this does not mean that the Palestine cause is forgotten.

Each one of these cartoons highlights a different side of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, but all boil down to a single message: Palestine is not alone.

Organizers here say while Israel tries to sweep its crimes under the rug, such events help bring the Palestinian cause to light and hopefully to an end.

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