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ADC Mourns Loss of Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish

Washington, DC | August 11, 2008 | www.adc.org | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) mourns the passing of famed Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Darwish, 67, died from complications from open-heart surgery he underwent last week in Houston, Texas.
Darwish‘s poetry has long been considered to echo the suffering of the Palestinian people; much of his poetry became the lyrics for celebrated musician Marcel Khalife‘s music. Darwish authored over 30 volumes of poetry that have been translated into 35 languages, and eight books of prose. His writings often commented not just on the occupation of Palestinian land, but more recently, on the tensions between opposing Palestinian factions.