The World: Palestinian Songs of Liberation

The Palestinians, Poet Mahmoud Darweesh once wrote, are a people who have "no homeland, no flag and no address." But they do have a strong sense of nationhood. Even children who have never been there talk vividly about life in the Old City of Jerusalem or the beauty of Mount Carmel and the orange groves of Jaffa. In part, the Palestinians' collective memory of homeland and the dream of return are kept alive by a large body of nostalgic Arabic poetry, written by angry young lyricists who know both the harshness of Israeli prisons and the despair of life in...

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