Katia StephensThree accomplished international political cartoonists, Jean Plantu, Khalil Abu Arafeh and Uri Fink, are making the rounds in Boston, promoting the relatively new organization Cartooning for Peace. There are temporary exhibitions of their work at Northeastern University, and at the French Library in the Back Bay.
There is a certain irony for political cartoonists -- the last journalists in the world who still delight in offending readers' sensibilties -- to be lobbying for "a better understanding and mutual respect between populations of different belief or culture, with cartoon [sic] as universal as universal language media." But there you have it.
CFP is the brainchild of Le Monde's Plantu, pictured above, who has rallied about 80 top-drawer cartoonists to the CFP banner. Plantu, a virtuoso freehand artist, is a major celebrity in France, where his work appears on Page One of the country's most influential newspaper. Arafeh is a Palestinian who lives in East Jerusalem and draws for Al Quds. Fink is a gifted Israeli parodist and graphic novelist. American members include Mike Luckovich, Jim Morin, Pat Oliphant and Jeff Danziger.