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Where it all began..

Rafat Alkhatib is an award-winning independent political cartoonist, Illustrator, and Statist from Jordan who currently lives in the United States. His work has been syndicated from many big platforms in the MENA region, to mention a few, Al Mayadeen, The New Arab, Al Jazeera, and Al Hudood. Alkhatib is also a member of Cartoonists Rights Network International - CRNI, Cartooning for Peace, the Jordanian Cartoonists Association - JCA, and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists - AAEC.

Art style

Alkhatib’s work focuses on bringing a universal theme, highlighting topics like Free-Speech, Fighting Racism, Wars, Technology, and Culture. He rarely writes, with intentions to make his work inclusive to many, regardless of the language and culture.

Alkhatib’s inspiration is taken form many great artist like the Lebanese Habib Haddad, Richard Thompson and Marco De Angelis.

The artistic aspiration of Alkhatib's began at an early age, learning from his father, Ahmad Alkhatib. Ever since childhood, Rafat fell in love with comics and started to immerse himself in Mad Magazines.

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As an independent artist, Alkhatib began his professional career in 2011 on social media, leveraging platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where he built a huge audience from Jordan, the Middle East, and the Arab world. Alkhatib started to target an international audience when he joined a dutch based cartooning platform, The Cartoon Movement, in 2015.

The year 2020 was tricky for Alkhatib as he faced restrictions on his works, especially after his cartoon criticizing prime minister Omar Al Razzaz.

During COVID, Alkhatib was forced to take down much of his work about elections in Jordan where he criticized the country’s decision to hold the elections regardless of the health restrictions and the danger of COVID at that time.

All these incidents pushed Alkhatib to flee his country at the end of 2020, to the US, seeking Free-Speech, and to be able to create art without censorship.

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If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

Life in The US.

Alkhatib started to navigate his career in cartooning upon his arrival to the US. Later, Alkhatib discovered that people's censorship in the US. is worse than his government, at times where cancel culture and political correctness dominate, Alkhatib started to wonder about how free Free-Speech is.

Recently, Alkhatib meet AAEC - the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, in which he became an official member of the organization, joining an elite group of American cartoonists, and became the first Jordanian cartoonist to join the group.

Awards

MAR 2022
Grand Prize
7th Mahmoud Kahil Award - Lebanon - Theme: Free
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NOV 2018
Honorable Mention
Third International Exhibition of Graphic Humor - Brazil- Theme: Literature
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APR 2017
Honorable Mention
10th Don Quichotte International Cartoon Contest - Turkey - Theme: Respect Difference
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JAN 2017
First Prize
The 6th Sawaleif Literary cartoon contest - Jordan - Theme: Free
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MAR 2016
Best Cartoon
King Hussein Cancer Center - Jordan - Theme: Against Smoking
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DEC 2015
Best Cartoon
Roy`a TV - Jordan - Theme: Violence against women
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NOV 2015
Best Cartoon
Jordan Breast Cancer Program - Jordan - Theme: Cancer
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In press

Imagination of cartoonist in political art
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Racism does not need racists
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COVID-19 and shrinking freedom limits in Jordan COVID-19
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The Limits Of Laughter
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Cartoonists Face Rise in Death Threats, Harassments
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Art and Creative Acts That Were Censored in 2020
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The case of political Cartoons in Jordan
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Alert Jordan - Rafat Alkhatib
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Rafat Alkhatib must not be prosecuted
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Interviews

Jordanian Floyed
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Investing in cartoon paradox
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Cartoon Award discussion
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Generations of Cartoonists
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Cartoons in serving communities
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Membership

AAEC - the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
JCA - Jordanian Cartoonist Association
Cartooning for Peace
CRNI - Cartoonists Rights International Network
The Cartoon Movement
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