French Cartoonist Banned from Israel

In News by Olivia Snaije

Maximilien Le Roy, a French cartoonist invited to the Palestine Cartoon Festival, was banned from Israel for his work on Palestine.

By Olivia Snaije

Maximilien Le RoyFollowing the blog post last week about the first Palestine Comics Festival, Publishing Perspectives has learned that Maximilien Le Roy, one of the French cartoonists invited to the festival, was questioned for four hours upon arrival at Tel Aviv airport, then sent back to France with a 10-year ban on travel to Israel. The Palestinian territories can only be reached by traveling through Israel. No formal reason was given for the expulsion, but the French radio station RFI reported it was doubtless because of Le Roy’s graphic novel about the occupied West Bank published by Casterman, and another book he contributed to about Gaza.

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Olivia Snaije

Olivia Snaije is a journalist and editor based in Paris who writes about translation, literature, graphic novels, the Middle East, and multiculturalism. She is the author of three books and has contributed to newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Global Post, and The New York Times.