Nothing, nothing justifies terrorism.
Sarcasm helps me overcome the harshness of the reality we live, eases the pain of scars and makes people smile.
Sometimes I feel as if I am read before I write. When I write a poem about my mother, Palestinians think my mother is a symbol for Palestine. But I write as a poet, and my mother is my mother. She's not a symbol.
The Arabs are ready to accept a strong Israel with nuclear arms - all it has to do is open the gates of its fortress and make peace.
Against barbarity, poetry can resist only by confirming its attachment to human fragility like a blade of grass growing on a wall while armies march by.
Without hope we are lost.
A person can only be born in one place. However, he may die several times elsewhere: in the exiles and prisons, and in a homeland transformed by the occupation and oppression into a nightmare.
Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.
Exile is more than a geographical concept. You can be an exile in your homeland, in your own house, in a room.
The Palestinians are the only nation in the world that feels with certainty that today is better than what the days ahead will hold. Tomorrow always heralds a worse situation.
I've built my homeland, I've even founded my state - in my language.
For the Arabs in Israel there is always a tension between nationality and identity.
History laughs at both the victim and the aggressor.
The importance of poetry is not measured, finally, by what the poet says but by how he says it.
I am not a lover of Israel, of course. I have no reason to be. But I don't hate Jews.
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