Samih al-Qasim

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Samīħ al-Qāsim
سميح القاسم
סמיח אל קאסם
Samīħ al-Qāsim in Madrid
Samīħ al-Qāsim in Madrid
Born(1939-05-11)May 11, 1939
az-Zarqa, Transjordan
DiedAugust 19, 2014(2014-08-19) (aged 75)
Rameh, Israel
OccupationPoet and journalist
NationalityIsraeli
Period1963-2014
GenreNationalist, tragedy

Samīħ al-Qāsim, Arabic: سميح القاسم‎ ,[1] Hebrew: סמיח אל קאסם‎ ,[2][3] (born May 11, 1939 - died August 19, 2014) was a Arab-language poet from Israel. His poetry is influenced by two primary periods of his life: before and after the Six-Day War. He joined the Communist Rakah party in 1967, later Hadash - the Front for Democracy and Equality. Al-Qasim has published several volumes and collections of poetry.

He worked also as a journalist and was several times in prison because of his political activities.

Al-Qasim died aged 75, after a long battle with cancer.

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