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Discussion in 'Poetry' started by Wadood, Aug 19, 2008.
So he was a former communist! astaghfirulAllah
His family fled their home town of Barweh in Galilee in 1948 during the Nakbah, or 'Catastrophe' - the name given by Palestinians to the creation of Israel when many were forced to flee what had formerly been Palestine.
A year later, he returned illegally with his family to his town, to become an exile in his own country.
He joined the Israeli communist party and started publishing poems in leftist newspapers. His poems brought him persecution from the Israeli authorities, and love from the Arab public who saw in him their collective conscience.
He left in 1971 to study for a year in what was then the Soviet Union, before travelling to Egypt where he worked for Al-Ahram newspaper.
He also worked in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, as an editor for the journal Palestinian Issues, but was forced to leave after the 1982 Israeli invasion.
He spent his life in exile between Arab capitals, including Amman, and also Paris, the French capital.
Darwish, who was a member of the executive committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), resigned in 1993 in protest at the signing in Washington of the Oslo Accords.
his janaza in RamAllah
He was settled in the US.
I recall him being spoken highly of by most stratas of society in most of the 'arab countries. He, if I recall correctly, comes from a village that was ethnically-religiously cleansed by you know who. I think the village is from the northern Galiliee-Haifa region.