Cartoon from 1 April, 2002, depicting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon transforming into Hitler.

Stavro Jabra, best known under his shortened pseudonym Stavro, was a Lebanese cartoonist, caricaturist, illustrator and photographer, whose political drawings could be read in various local Libanese papers such as As-Sayad, L'Orient-le Jour, Az-Zamane, Samar, As-Safa, Al-Mouharer, Al-Anwar, Al-Ahrar, Sada-Lubnan, Horoscope, Flash, Chabaka. Al- Jeich, Ad-Dastour, Al-Jarida, Sketch, Al-Hasna, Le Beyroutin, Sawt wa Soura, Magazine, Al-Ousbouh al-Arabi, Al-Kifah al-Arabi, Al-Amal, Le Réveil, Ad-Dawliya, Majalati, Mondanité, Estejwab, Chronique, Nida al-Watan and The Daily Star, but also in foreign news magazines such as Punch, Atlas World Press, L'Express, Le Monde, Le Courrier International, J'Informe, Jeune Afrique, Economia, Der Spiegel, Die Weltwoche, Il Giornale, The Washington Times and The New York Times. His work mostly focused on political events in the Middle East.


Cartoon from 23 November, 2003, satirizing British Prime Minister Tony Blair's uncritical support of U.S. President George W. Bush, Jr.

Jabra was born in 1947 in Beirut. He debuted twenty years later as a caricaturist in Lebanese newspapers and eventually got published abroad as well. He published 16 books. His work has been exhibited all across the world from Canada, Germany, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Malta, Romania, Yugoslavia, France, China to Switzerland. In 2001-2002 he won the Golden Web Award. He also received trophies in 2004 and 2006 at the Arab Media Festival. Jara earned respect from the United Nations, whom nominated him as a "Friend of the UN". When the the Palais des Nations Unies in Geneva organized the exhibition "Cartooning for Peace" in 2007 he was one of the participants.


Cartoon from 25 March 2010, depicting US President Barack Obama negotiating with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Apart from drawing, Stavro was also active as a press photographer. The French magazine 'Photo' honored him as one of the best in his field to capture the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1985) in pictures. During the 1987 Cannes Film Festival he exhibited his photographs at the Centre Culturel Français de Jounieh. His work was published in Paris Match, Photo and Photo Reporter. In 1983 he founded his own monthly magazine, Scoop, which mostly featured his own non-political photographs. He also established the Lebanese Press Photographers Sydicate and functioned as its president emeritus in 1992. During the 1997 Beirut Film Festival he was a jury member. Stavro gained local fame in Libanon for contributing to the daily news show on New TV between 2001 and 2007. He died in 2017 after an illness.

Stavro Jabra
Self-portrait of the author

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