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Poet Taha Muhammad Ali dies in Nazareth
Published Monday 03/10/2011 (updated) 05/10/2011 19:14
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Celebrated poet Taha Muhammad Ali died in Nazareth on Sunday aged 80 years old.

Muhammad Ali was born in Saffuriya village, north of Nazareth, in 1931. He fled to Lebanon with his family in 1948 when the village was captured by the Israeli army.

The family was never able to return to his home, moving to nearby city of Nazareth, where he lived and worked in a souvenir shop throughout his life.

His poetry followed the experiences of Palestinians living in Israel, and Palestinian refugees around the world. They were translated into several languages, including English and Hebrew.

Muhammad Ali grew in international acclaim after an Israeli-American writer Adina Hoffman wrote a biography of his life in 2009.

The poet also wrote short stories and novels, and was deeply influenced by the sense of displacement his family experienced after 1948.
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1 ) Salma / Palestine
04/10/2011 08:08
So sad! R.I.P. Such a beautiful Poet.

2 ) Zuhair / USA
04/10/2011 23:12
Dear Taha - may you rest in peace.

3 ) Dan Gerber / USA
10/10/2011 19:05
Taha's poems have been a great discovery for me, not too unlike Whitman, poems of so much beauty, compassion and humor. A great spirit and a great artist---"for art is nothing unless it plants a measure of splendor in people's hearts."

4 ) yaffa schlesinger / Israeli in New York
19/10/2011 19:40
I learnd about Ali Muhammad Thaha from my cousin in Rishpon Israel when I called to wish her a happy new year. She quoted the Arab poet in Hebrew. I then contacted my friend in New York a Palestinia Christian and asked if she knew the name of a recently died Arab Poet. She did.
I am going to get his poetry and Biography.
I lived in Israel and studied Arabic.
Thank you and for updating. People readd you.
yaffa schlesinger
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