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Palestinian literary poet Mourid Barghouti dies at 76

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Celebrated Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti handed away in Amman on Sunday after spending most of his life in exile.

Renowned Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti has died on the age of 76 within the Jordanian capital Amman, after spending most of his life in exile.

Mourid’s son, Arab poet Tamim Barghouti, wrote late on Sunday on his Facebook web page: “May Allah have mercy on my mother and father”.

The Palestinian Minister of Culture Atef Abu Saif mourned Barghouti’s demise, saying the Palestinians and Arab world have “lost a symbol of national struggle and creativity”.

On July 8, 1944, Barghouti was born within the Palestinian village of Deir Ghassanah on the outskirts of the occupied West Bank metropolis of Ramallah, 4 years earlier than the Nakba (Catastrophe), the ethnic cleaning of Palestine and near-total destruction of Palestinian society through the institution of the state of Israel in 1948.

What remained after the creation of Israel was later occupied and annexed following the 1967 conflict.

Prior to the conflict, Barghouti moved to the Egyptian capital in 1963 to pursue a level in English literature at Cairo University. He graduated in 1967, and was not in a position to return to Ramallah for an additional 30 years.

‘Palestinian displacement’

A champion of the Palestinian trigger, Barghouti spent years of his life writing about his homeland and the Israeli occupation. He lived in a number of nations throughout the area, together with in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, earlier than returning to Egypt.

There, he met his spouse Radwa Ashour, an Egyptian novelist who died in 2014. Ashour translated Barghouti’s internationally acclaimed autobiographical novel, I Saw Ramallah.

His memoir of exile and displacement was impressed by his return to Ramallah following the signing of the Oslo Accords within the 1990s.

The late Edward Said described it as “one of the finest existential accounts of Palestinian displacement”.

In 2009, Mourid launched one other novel, extensively thought-about an extension of his first one, titled:  I Was Born There, I Was Born Here. It was written upon his return to Ramallah along with his solely son, Tamim, and was additionally translated into English in 2012.

Apart from his novel, Barghouti printed 12 poetry collections over time.

He learn his poetry and exhibited his books world wide, and lectured on Palestinian and Arab poetry at universities in Oxford, Manchester, Oslo, and Madrid, amongst others.

Barghouti vehemently opposed the Oslo Accords and the end result of the agreements, and most not too long ago decried the most recent US-brokered Arab normalisation offers with Israel.

Although he was a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Barghouti didn’t establish with any political celebration. He spent years because the physique’s cultural attaché in Budapest, Hungary.

There was no instant announcement on the reason for Barghouti’s demise.


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