Palestinian literary poet Mourid Barghouti dies at 76

Renowned Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti has died at the age of 76 in 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 page: “May Allah have mercy on my mother and father”.

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

On July 8, 1944, Barghouti was born in the Palestinian village of Deir Ghassanah on the outskirts of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, four years before the Nakba (Catastrophe), the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and near-total destruction of Palestinian society during the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.

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

Prior to the war, Barghouti moved to the Egyptian capital in 1963 to pursue a degree in English literature at Cairo University. He graduated in 1967, and was not able to return to Ramallah for another 30 years.

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