"On this land""على هذه الأرض ما يستحق الحياة"

“On this land”

Introduction

Design: Ibrahim Muhtadi [Al Quds], Gaza
Embroidery: Hekmat Ashour [Gaza], Gaza
Size: 59 × 102 cm

“We have on this land that which makes this life worth living”. Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian National Poet.

Poetry is popular in all Arab societies.  Palestinian families sometimes compete in reciting classical poems, for example, by concluding a verse with a letter from which it is difficult for the next person to continue. Mahmoud Darwish’s poem “On this land those who deserve to live” is well known to Palestinians.

Recitation by: Mahmoud Darwish

A film by: Karl Sabbagh