Essay title: Palestine by Joe Sacco – a Book Review
The most obvious of the themes is that of violence, brutality, and torture. Tied into this also is the idea of injustice.Many of these themes are intertwined. Constantly the reader is berated with violent images, or descriptions of violence.These must be on nearly every second page of the novel.A good example of all these themes together is in the section called "Moderate Pressure:Part Two" This deals with a story of a man called Ghassan who was accused of an affiliation with an illegal group that could not be proven.Ghassan was forced to stand or sit in certain positions for hours on end, he was beaten, deprived of sleep, and restricted from medical attention that he needed.Continually he went to court, and the case was adjourned to later dates to try to confiscate some kind of evidence against him.There was no justice for Ghassan until after several days (approximately 14); he was released for lack of evidence.Ghassan suffers from violence (which is unjust), from brutality (one of the inspectors trying to induce a heart attack), and torture.Ghassan's ordeal is illustrated in both written and pictorial form.Likewise to this, there are many other pictorial examples and textual examples from front to back of violence, brutality, injustice, and torture .
There is also the theme of hypocrisy littered throughout the pages of Joe Sacco's novel.This idea of hypocrisy is mainly centred on what the Israelis do.