Graphic novel account of deadly Flotilla raid released

Just as activists from all over the world prepare to embark on the second Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Prisoners of Love, a comic book-style account of Israel’s deadly raid on the first flotilla last year, has just been released.

Based on the point of view of Ewa Jasiewicz, a Free Gaza Movement co-coordinator who was aboard the flotilla, the 24-page book is by London-based artist Jon Sack. Sack’s previous work includes Iraqi Oil for Beginners, “a how-to guide in understanding the proposed oil law in Iraq.”

According to a press release:

The narrative of the comic is based on the final chapter of Ewa Jasiewicz’s book Podpalic Gaze (Razing Gaza) published in Poland by WAB in February 2011. The book is based on Jasiewicz’s experiences as a medical volunteer during Operation Cast Lead 2009 as well as analysis of the historical and present-day relationship between Poland and Israel.

Sack finished Prisoners of Love a year to the day - May 29th - that this occurred, and hopes this raises awareness of the upcoming Freedom Flotilla 2 - Stay Human, which is due to sail with 10 ships and 1,000 people to Gaza in late June.

Prisoners of Love is self-published and can be purchased online for £6. Proceeds will be donated to the Free Gaza Movement.

Sample pages from Prisoners of Love may be viewed online.


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Maureen Clare Murphy is senior editor of The Electronic Intifada.