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Palestine: Kismet
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36 x 29 cm
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Original political/editorial cartoon, 1948, by American editorial cartoonist Max P. Milians (1908-2005), probably for the Jewish Standard, with which he was associated for most of his life, although his work was also syndicated across America from the 1930s to the 1970s. Milians signed his cartoons with nine zeros as a punning underline. The cartoon shows an Arab wielding a scimitar, symbolizing ‘Arab fanatics’ who are instigating ‘holy war’ following the ‘UN decision’ to partition Palestine and accept the principle of the creation of independent Arab and Jewish States. It was Kismet, the will of Allah or their destiny, that all Arabs should fight against the creation of a Jewish state, although the cartoonist warns that the fate of those taking part in this aggression will be to ‘perish with the sword’ as stated in the bible. Produced in ink and crayon over graphite on artist’s card; image area 30 x 27 cm, card size 36 x 29 cm. Title in pencil in upper margin. Signed lower right. Very good condition