Today , Palestine and the world have lost a great person , a person who will be present in our future in our freedom.
Samih AlQasim - a Palestinian Druze Poet - May your soul rest in peace.
He became known as one of the famed “resistance poets”, a group of Palestinian poets that included the late Mahmoud Darwish and Tawfiq Zayyad whose poetry was widely celebrated as part of the Palestinian national movement. Asked about the label “resistance poet”, Qasim says: “It was put upon me but I am proud of it. I am a resistance poet, and not only Arab and Palestinian resistance. I am a poet of international resistance.”
“I’ll resist/ to the final pulse in my veins!” He would go on to spend time in Israeli prisons for his relentless political writings and work.
Al-Qasim passed away on August 19, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.
Commenting on his battle with cancer : “I am less noisy of course. I am less sure about things. I have doubts here and there. But I didn’t give up my optimism.” He takes a sip of coffee and recites to me a poem he wrote on the subject:
I don’t like you, death
But I’m not afraid of you
And I know that my body is your bed
And my soul or spirit is your bed cover
I know that your banks are narrow for me
I don’t love you death
But I’m not afraid of you.
Read : Samih al-Qasim and the language of revolution and Samih Al Qasim and the Arab Men of Letters.