Footnotes in Gaza
|Footnotes in Gaza|
|Subject||Rafah, Suez War|
|Genre||Comics, New journalism|
|Media type||Print, Paperback|
The book describes the author's quest to get to the bottom of what happened in Khan Younis and in Rafah in November 1956. According to United Nations figures quoted in the book, Israeli forces killed 275 Palestinians in Khan Younis on 3 November 1956 during the Khan Yunis killings and 111 in Rafah on 12 November 1956.
Sacco bases his book on conversations with Palestinians in Rafah and the neighbouring town of Khan Younis, and interweaves the events of 1956 with the events in Rafah at the time of the interviews—the bulldozing of homes, the death of Rachel Corrie and the reactions to the outbreak of the Iraq War.
The book itself focuses mainly on the Palestinian side of the story. Several appendices add documents and sources, and give the Israeli view on the demolition of homes in Rafah.
Sacco admits he takes sides, writing "I don't believe in objectivity as it's practiced in American journalism... I very much believe in getting across the Palestinian point of view".
Jose Alaniz, Adjunct Associate Professor of Comparative Literature in the University of Washington, says that in the novel, Sacco uses subtle ways to manipulate the reader to make the Palestinian side seem more victimized, and the Israelis more menacing.
- Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist–Nonfiction in 2010
- Sacco, Joe (2009). Footnotes in Gaza, Metropolitan Books, ISBN 0-8050-7347-7. Jonathan Cape, ISBN 0-224-07109-2.
- Graphic novel on IDF 'massacres' in Gaza set to hit bookstores. The Associated Press.