6 December 2019 – Alert (The Netherlands, Palestine) – Temporary disappearance of Mohammad Sabaaneh’s exhibition at the International Criminal Court in The Hague
For several days, works by the cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh had been on display at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, in the Netherlands, at the initiative of the Al Haq Human Rights Organisation and the Palestinian Delegation to the Court. In his work, the artist proposes a committed graphic representation of Palestinian history and society.
But during the night of 4 to 5 December, some of the artworks exhibited in the courtyard hall were moved and hidden from the public for an unknown reason. They were found several hours later, after a search was launched by court employees, hung back and placed under police protection.
This act was directly publicly condemned by the organizers and representatives of the Palestinian Authority who interpret it as a desire to censor the artist’s work. The representatives of the International Criminal Court promised to shed light on this incident through a thorough investigation.
Cartooning for Peace expresses surprise that such an incident could occur and supports the artist. We sincerely hope that the investigation will teach us that the cause of this incident is negligence and not censorship of the artist’s work.
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