Footnotes in Gaza

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Footnotes in Gaza
Footnotes in Gaza.jpg
AuthorJoe Sacco
IllustratorJoe Sacco
CountryUnited States
SubjectRafah, Suez War
GenreComics, New journalism
PublisherHenry Holt and Company
Jonathan Cape
Publication date
Media typePrint, Paperback

Footnotes in Gaza is a journalistic graphic narrative by Joe Sacco about bloody incidents between Israelis and Paletinians in Gaza during the Suez Crisis. It was published in 2009 by Henry Holt and Company in the U.S. and Jonathan Cape in the UK.

The book describes the author's quest to get to the bottom of what happened in Khan Yunis and in Rafah in Gaza in November 1956.[1] According to United Nations figures quoted in the book, Israeli forces killed 275 Palestinians in Khan Yunis on 3 November 1956 and 111 in Rafah on 12 November 1956.[2]

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.


Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times book Review quotes "Joe Sacco's brilliant, excruciating books of war reportage are potent territory.... He shows how much that is crucial to our lives a book can hold"[3] Rachel Cooke called it "truly unique" in "combining as it does oral history, memoir and reportage with cartoons in a way that, when he started out, most people – himself included, at times – considered utterly preposterous."[4]

Publishers Weekly wrote, "Having already established his reputation as the world’s leading comics journalist, Sacco is now making a serious case to be considered one of the world’s top journalists, period. His newest undertaking is a bracing quest to uncover the truth about what happened in two Gaza Strip towns in 1956. . . . Sacco’s art is alternately epic and intimate, but it’s his exacting and harrowing interviews that make this book an invaluable and wrenching piece of journalism."[5]



  1. ^ Steinhauer, Jillian. "The Outsider: Joe Sacco's comics journalism," The Nation (Dec. 28, 2020).
  2. ^ Hass, Amira. "A thin black line," Haaretz (Nov. 2, 2010).
  3. ^ Patrick Cockburn, "They Planted Hatred in Our Hearts," New York Times 24 December, 2009.
  4. ^ Cooke, Rachel. "Eyeless in Gaza," The Guardian 22 November 2009.
  5. ^ Footnotes in Gaza review, Publishers Weekly (Dec. 2009).
  6. ^ "2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize - Graphic Novel/Comics Winner and Nominees". Awards Archive. 2020-03-25. Retrieved 2022-03-15.

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