Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

Under normal circumstances, Arabic literature of any kind passes virtually unnoticed in Israel, despite the fact that a few of the most well-known contemporary Arab writers are Israeli citizens. But the publication of “Those Who Pass Between Fleeting Words,” a poem by Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian national poet adopted by the Israeli “peace camp” as a “moderate” (and himself a former Israeli citizen), has sparked a furor across the entire political spectrum.

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How to cite this article:

Ammiel Alcalay "Who’s Afraid of Mahmoud Darwish?," Middle East Report 154 (September/October 1988).