Najawa: A Story of Palestine

Najawa: A Story of Palestine is a 45’ long comic piece created by artist Michelle Sayles in the summer of 2015. The comic tells the story of a Palestinian woman’s life in decade snapshots as she navigates her country under occupation, ending with a vision of future liberation. The story synthesizes together oral history, documentary, and media accounts of life in occupied Palestine to raise awareness about the history of the ongoing Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

Sayles collaborated in the development of the project with local artist and educator, Jen Berger and Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel. The piece was displayed during Burlington’s 2015 Art Hop, and is currently on exhibition in the Fletcher Free Library through March 2016.

Check out some photos from the current and past exhibitions:







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Your comments and reactions to the piece are incredibly valuable. Feel free to contact the artist by email at

This project is also available as a downloadable zine:  Najawa Zine



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