Avigdor Lieberman Compares Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish to Hitler

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman compared an Army Radio program on the works of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish to praising Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”

The station, whose government funding has been questioned in recent weeks, has come under fire for broadcasting the program on Tuesday.

Liberman at a meeting Thursday with Army Radio chief Yaron Dekel said, according to Israel’s Channel 2, that Darwish, “who called in his poetry for the expulsion of the Jewish people from the State of Israel and who wrote that ‘the flesh of the occupier will be my sustenance,’ cannot be part of the Israeli narrative program that was aired.”

“By that logic, the complete legacy of the Mufti al-Husseini or the literary merits of ‘Mein Kampf’ could also have been included,” the defense chief said.

Army Radio has defended its decision to broadcast educational programming on the work of the poet and author, considered the Palestinian national poet, as part of a series on formative Israeli texts. Darwish died in 2008.

Liberman does not have the authority to dictate any of Army Radio’s programming, the Attorney General’s office has determined.

Author

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Avigdor Lieberman Compares Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish to Hitler

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close