Mahmoud Darwish’s poems compared to “Mein Kampf”

 

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Mahmoud Darwish- Translated by Salman Masalha and Vivian Eden


Write it down! I’m an Arab
My card number is 50000
My children number eight
And after this summer, a ninth on his way.
Does this make you rage?
I am an Arab.
With my quarry comrades I labor hard
My children number eight

Read rest of poem at Haaretz

Jerusalem this week is debating the lines of a dead Palestinian poet, his words again at the forefront of what is acceptable and not in Israel.

On Thursday, Israel’s new bombastic defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, blasted Army Radio — a sort of Israeli NPR — for discussing on its “University on the Air” program the works of poet Mahmoud Darwish, who died in 2008.

Lieberman compared the station’s airing of the poem to the “glorification of the literary marvels of Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf.'”

From William Booth’s Israel’s defense minister compares Palestinian’s poetry to Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ – Washington Post – July 22, 2016

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