I was doing some research the other day and found out that Jafet Library at AUB has an archive of political posters from the 1960’s through the 1980’s. The collection is not as extensive as the one to be found in Zeina Maasri’s excellent collection of posters from the civil war, but there are some excellent images nonetheless. Just browsing, this one caught my eye. (Maasri says it’s from the Communist Party in 1977, although I’m pretty sure that’s a mistake, since pretty much any poster with Jumblatt on it must be for the PSP.) It says, “Against Imperialism and Zionism,” and from left to right and top to bottom, you can see Kamal Joumblatt, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Patrice Lumumba, Che Guevara, Ho Chi Minh and what might be a younger Yassir Arafat, all done up in Andy Worhol fashion. (I’m very unsure about Arafat, because it doesn’t look much like him to me, but I can’t figure out who it’s supposed to be, so if you have any ideas, let me know in comments.)
UPDATE: Nadia in the comments suggests, based on a Turkish site, that it’s Tanios Chahine, the leader of the Maronite peasant rebellion in Kesrouan in the 19th century. I can’t find any pictures of him, but it’s clear that that doesn’t look like an even really, really bad picture of Arafat. One of my students guessed Chahine as well, so that’s two votes more than anyone else.