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December 3, 2004

Tutti Barghouti

Two weeks ago, in my new “Icon Watch” section (link), I provided some visual documentation suggesting jailed Palestinian leader, Marwan Barghouti, might be on his way to becoming the “replacement icon” for Yasser Arafat.


It now appears that, after ruling himself out of the race to head the Palestinian Authority, Barghouti (through his spokesperson and wife) has thrown his kaffiya into the ring. What’s my take? From a visual standpoint, I doubt anyone has even gotten more high profile press out of one poster.

(photo: AP/Nasser Nasser)

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