Mahmoud Darwish dies, Hamas acts snooty

I have been at the beach for the majority of last week, so the news of Mahmoud Darwish's death didn't reach me until I arrived on monday. In case any of you are wondering who he is or what the big deal is, and it is a big deal, even for our fruity internet no-poetry-reading generation , well, his story is right here . Some of it anyway. Either way, our boy Darwish was an ardent communist, and god bless his heart, he wasn't like today's communists who cozy up to religious fundamentalists, so quite naturally Hamas hated his ass. They hated his ass even more after he published his recent poem lampooning them and Khaled Mesh3al, titled the Prophets of Gaza. Here is its text:

 أنبياء غزة

لولا الحياء والظلام، لزرت غزة، دون أن أعرف الطريق إلى بيت أبي سفيان الجديد، ولا اسم النبي الجديد
ولولا أن محمداً هو خاتم الأنبياء، لصار لكل عصابةٍ نبيّ، ولكل صحابيّ ميليشيا
أعجبنا حزيران في ذكراه الأربعين: إن لم نجد مَنْ يهزمنا ثانيةً هزمنا أنفسنا بأيدينا لئلا ننسى
مهما نظرتَ في عينيّ.. فلن تجد نظرتي هناك. خَطَفَتْها فضيحة
قلبي ليس لي… ولا لأحد. لقد استقلَّ عني، دون أن يصبح حجراً
هل يعرفُ مَنْ يهتفُ على جثة ضحيّته – أخيه: (الله أكبر) أنه كافر إذ يرى الله على صورته هو: أصغرَ من كائنٍ بشريٍّ سويِّ التكوين ؟
أخفى السجينُ، الطامحُ إلى وراثة السجن، ابتسامةَ النصر عن الكاميرا. لكنه لم يفلح في كبح السعادة السائلة من عينيه
رُبَّما لأن النصّ المتعجِّل كان أَقوى من المُمثِّل
ما حاجتنا للنرجس، ما دمنا فلسطينيين
وما دمنا لا نعرف الفرق بين الجامع والجامعة، لأنهما من جذر لغوي واحد، فما حاجتنا للدولة… ما دامت هي والأيام إلى مصير واحد ؟
لافتة كبيرة على باب نادٍ ليليٍّ: نرحب بالفلسطينيين العائدين من المعركة. الدخول مجاناً .. وخمرتنا لا تُسْكِر
لا أستطيع الدفاع عن حقي في العمل، ماسحَ أحذيةٍ على الأرصفة
لأن من حقّ زبائني أن يعتبروني لصَّ أحذية ـ هكذا قال لي أستاذ جامعة
أنا والغريب على ابن عمِّي. وأنا وابن عمِّي على أَخي. وأَنا وشيخي عليَّ
هذا هو الدرس الأول في التربية الوطنية الجديدة، في أقبية الظلام
من يدخل الجنة أولا ً؟ مَنْ مات برصاص العدو، أم مَنْ مات برصاص الأخ ؟
بعض الفقهاء يقول: رُبَّ عَدُوٍّ لك ولدته أمّك
لا يغيظني الأصوليون، فهم مؤمنون على طريقتهم الخاصة، ولكن، يغيظني
أنصارهم العلمانيون، وأَنصارهم الملحدون الذين لا يؤمنون إلاّ بدين وحيد:
صورهم في التلفزيون
سألني: هل يدافع حارس جائع عن دارٍ سافر صاحبها، لقضاء إجازته الصيفية في الريفيرا الفرنسية أو الايطالية.. لا فرق؟
قُلْتُ: لا يدافع
وسألني: هل أنا + أنا = اثنين ؟
قلت: أنت وأنت أقلُّ من واحد

Since I am not going to translate this poem (I don't possess the english proficiency or literary prowess to actually do that), Let me just assure you that it's ripping Hamas a new asshole and making fun of its supporters and leaders, calling Mesh3el "the prisoner whose ambition is to inherit the prison", Lamenting the fundies insistence that the Mosque and University are equal in terms of education (the two arabic words describing them come from the same root) and expresses his deep anger at the secular and atheist supporters of Hamas, whom he believes only care about getting their faces on Television. So, yeah, our boy is no fan of hamas, and Hamas knew it, but they also knew how popular he is amongst the palestinian population, so they couldn't really go out and insult him, so they did it underhandedly: Mesh3el came out and said that Darwish's loss is a serious one for the palestinian people, but palestine can give birth to 10 Mahmoud Darwish's . So, really, not a big deal his death. Move along people. Nothing to see here. Don't get on our forums though: we call him an apostate there.

Ahh, I love me an angry fundie, and especially those who anger him in style.

RIP Mahmoud Darwish! 

0 comment on Mahmoud Darwish dies, Hamas acts snooty

  1. EgyPeter
    August 13, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    “our boy Darwish was an ardent communist, and god bless his heart, he wasn’t like today’s communists who cozy up to religious fundamentalists”

    I need someone to explain that to me.

    Aren’t the two like oil and water?? Commies hate religion. And fundies hate everyone who isn’t fundamentalist. So how on God’s green earth do these two exist? If, God forbid, one of the two groups come to power they will crush the other side.

    Political opposition has been so utterly wiped out by Muburak’s regime that Egypt’s “opposition” is a hodgepodge of a whole bunch of weird and random shit.

    It’s pretty sad and pathetic that Commies are still running around Egypt. The Cold War legacy still lives on in Egypt…

  2. leo
    August 13, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    I regret I do not speak Arabic.
    And I regret I never heard the name of Mahmoud Darwish.


  3. EgyPeter
    August 14, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Here’s an Egyptian who would piss off fundies:

    A little snippet to tantalize:

    “The Administrative Court explained its ruling on Hegazy’s case in February 2007 by saying that it’s prohibited “to switch from the superior religion, Islam, to the inferior one, Christianity…

    …El-Gohary appeared on Dream TV last Saturday, accompanied by his lawyer. Also appearing on the same show was Mokhtar Nouh, lawyer and member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Nouh shared his theory that there is an American plan to divide Egyptians and disturb social order by making Muslims convert to Christianity.”

    Hard to believe.

  4. Adam B.
    August 14, 2008 at 6:31 am

    “Aren’t the two like oil and water?? Commies hate religion. And fundies hate everyone who isn’t fundamentalist. So how on God’s green earth do these two exist? If, God forbid, one of the two groups come to power they will crush the other side.”

    There’s nothing like a common enemy cough>IsraelUSA<cough to lead complete opposites into each others arms… Although I suspect this friendship is a tad bit one-sided in the fundie’s favour.

  5. Mike Nargizian
    August 14, 2008 at 6:35 am

    Poetry is very hard to translate bcs you miss all the nuances of the culture and language when you do and the genius of poetry is often its nuance and clever use of words and roots to play on ironies… nonetheless if someone could translate even a rough copy that would be appreicated.

    Egypter –
    The far left and the fundies have teamed up in the past – in Egypt and other Arab countrues as well I believe? as well as in the West…. if you go to Code Pink rallies in San Francisco you’ll see the far left socialist/communists and the radical Islamists there speaking…

    Good to have you back Sam… and a little batting around the ban button for a while would put a quick end to it… all you have to do is read the ridiculous bile in the Hezbollah thread – the troll with many names including yours…

  6. Adam B.
    August 14, 2008 at 6:38 am

    3. -> There’s an eye-opener…!

    I wouldn’t have thought that a relatively secular country like Egypt actually have laws that forbid the conversion from one religion to another, even when it comes to Islam!

    I also find it hard to believe that his family has been able to detain his daughter when he moved to Cyprys – which egyptian laws support this action?

  7. Twosret
    August 14, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    RIP Darwich sad that we are not seeing in the new generations someone to replace a Darwich, Youssef Chahin, Ahmed Zaki etc……

  8. CarpetCaptain
    August 14, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    I just don’t get it…who gives a flying F^&*( if an adult converts from any religion to the other. Is that an affirmation for one religion over another? Does that make one better than the other and since when is a religion’s success and image judged by the number of people that accept or reject it.

    “Aren’t the two like oil and water?? ”

    Peter: Only in Egypt brother, only in egypt. They’ve come to the conclusion that there’s no way for them to put a dent in the current Mubarak mafia other than by combining forces. Its pandering on both ends in its worst form.

    Having said that Che Guevara and Hassan al Bana have a lot in common.

  9. EgyPeter
    August 14, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Yeah, they are both douche bags.

  10. CarpetCaptain
    August 14, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    “Yeah, they are both douche bags.”

    CLASSIC! Well put!

  11. Mo-ha-med
    August 15, 2008 at 7:17 am

    I seriously dislike those people – such as above – who take any possible opportunity to turn the discussion into religion, and how Muslims are eeeeeviiiiiil… Seriously, niños, get over it.

    As for Darwish: I was never a big fan of poetry nor of Darwish – even though I did attend his last public stage appearance – but I liked both his ability of carry a reader through an elaborate, page-long metaphor, as well as his diction and his way of reading.

    I strongly recommend looking up his poems or, even better, seeing if there aren’t any recordings of him reading (youtube or something).

  12. Adam B.
    August 15, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Mo, I think people have a grudge against islamist and other fundamentalist groups in particular, not muslims in general…

  13. Twosret
    August 15, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Egypeter and CC,

    Why is it that evey thread you have to inject Copts vs. Muslims. Aren’t you tired already of this topic. Egypeter really man I mean it. You need to take it easy with this topic.

    I can always scroll down of course but you are beating the hell out of this one.

  14. EgyPeter
    August 15, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Inject? Are you referring to the Daily Star article I posted??

    I didn’t write the article and I surely didn’t make those absurd quotes either. Why don’t you ask those quoted to stop with the division game?? Can you tell me exactly where I said that Christianity is the more “superior” religion to Islam? Or that there is some American/Zionist plot to divide Egyptians? Oh wait, I’ve never said that. It’s the fundamentalists that are saying this shit. THAT is what is dividing Egypt.

    And Two, if you know anything about me – which you don’t – you would know that I am SO fucking sick of the ‘muslim v. christian’ thing in Egypt!!! I’m ALL for just being Egyptian.

    Adam B. Thanks. You said it perfectly.

    Let me spell it out for you Two. I love Muslims, I HATE fundamentalists. Get it?

  15. CarpetCaptain
    August 16, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Turette 😉

    “Egypeter and CC,
    Why is it that evey thread you have to inject Copts vs. Muslims. Aren’t you tired already of this topic”

    I missed the part about me saying anythig about copts or muslims; feel free to scroll up and point what I said.

    Mo-ha-med: Who was it that brough the people of “another religion” into a simple issue of the treatment of Egyptians in European embassies? If you’re going to add something to the dscussion at least try and pretend that a) you’re objective and b) you have something inteliigent to say.

  16. Mo-ha-med
    August 16, 2008 at 9:30 am

    I was SURE you’d say something like that. Fair enough, old chap, fair enough.
    Although I ALWAYS have something intelligent to say. 🙂

  17. CarpetCaptain
    August 18, 2008 at 5:14 am

    As far as I’m concerned religion needs to be restricted by law to places of prayer. I can’t think of one civilized nation that has a “state religion” . Complete separation of church/mosque/synagogue/temple and state. No gov’t money to support religion or its institutions of any sort. This bullshit about religion being on the ID cards and then only certain religions are acceptable has to go. If someone wants to leave christianity then become a Hindu and then take up necrophilia as a religion so be it, thats his/her choice.

  18. Adam B.
    August 18, 2008 at 5:53 am

    17. CC -> I consider Denmark to be quite civilized and we do have a state religion (christianity, duh)… That being said, religion has very little say in our country, and you can live your entire life without having any dealings with the church whatsoever.

    Still, the connection is being debated and many people would indeed like to see the state and the church separated, me included… Sweden separated the two in 2000 and Norway recently gave other religions the same rights concerning monetary support as their state church, so I can’t see why we shouldn’t be able to do the same…

  19. RWW
    September 3, 2008 at 5:56 am


    The prophets of Gaza

    Not for modesty and darkness, to visit Gaza, without knowing the road to the house of Abu Sufian new, in the name of the new prophet
    Were it not for that Muhammad is the seal of the prophets, to become a prophet of each gang, each Sahabi militia
    June admired in his memory session: if we find ourselves defeated second defeat us in our hands so as not to forget
    Considered important in the eyes .. You will not find my vision there. Kidnapping of scandal
    My heart is not me … not one. The Take Me, without becoming a stone
    Do you know of shouting at his victim’s body – his brother: (God is great) as he considers an unbeliever God for his image is: smaller than a human being only the composition?
    Hide the prisoner, aspiring to inherit the prison, Nasr smile on camera. But he was unable to curb the kind of liquid happiness
    Perhaps because the text was stronger than the hasty Representative
    What we need to Narcissus, as long as the Palestinians
    As long as we do not know the difference between the mosque and university, because they are part of a linguistic root of one, what we need for the state … as long as the days and the fate of one?
    For the great banner on the door of the club: we welcome the Palestinians returning from battle. Free entrance .. The wine does not get drunk
    I can not defend my right to work, shoe shiner on the pavement
    Because it is right that my client is considered a thief’s shoes so I said a university professor
    Strangely enough, I’m on my cousin. I and my cousin on my brother. I am Sheikh Ali
    This is the first lesson in the new National Education, in the cellars of darkness
    First of entering paradise? He died from enemy bullets, or died from bullets Brother?
    Some scholars say: Lord of the enemy as you created
    Fundamentalists do not anger, they believe in their own way special, but anger
    Secularists their supporters and their supporters Atheists who believe not only a single religion:
    Their pictures on television
    Asked me: Is defending goalkeeper hungry travelled from Dar owner, to spend his vacation in the summer French or Italian Riviera .. No difference?
    I said: do not defend
    He asked me: Do I + I = two?
    I said: You are less than one


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