- Published on Friday, 10 August 2012 08:44
On the fourth annual remembrance of Palestine's greatest poet, the Mahmoud Darwish Museum – Al-Barweh Garden opened, yesterday 9th August, its doors to the public, to visit the museum and get acquainted with Darwish's everlasting legacy.
"This is a leap in the Palestinian cultural scene and all its components. It might be the biggest step taken in the recent years, and it was made to befit this poet's enormous imprint on the Palestinian people," said Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, at the commemoration ceremony held in the Museum's premises near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
As they arrived, the perplexed attendees moved forward with flowery wreaths in their hands, to shyly lay them on Darwish's tomb, as their hearts shed tears, and their faces wore smiles.
As he spoke to the audience coming to take part in the inauguration of the unique establishment, President of the Mahmoud Darwish Foundation, Yasser Abed Rabbo said: You are the remainder of a dream that gives us trust in our just cause, in our independence, in the liberation of the Arab world uprising to build a future that differs from our present and past.
Darwish's siblings were also at the ceremony, Zaki Darwish, his brother exclaimed, "this establishment is a medal of honor to the Palestinians. A great job has been done in its implementation. Mahmoud will always be present."
The Archbishop of Sebastia from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Atallah Hanna said that the late poet Mahmoud Darwish is a prime patriotic, liberal and humanitarian icon of the Palestinian people and the Arab nation. The Mahmoud Darwish Museum is the place where culture and human thought melt together immortalizing a monument of the Palestinian history.
Inaugurated in March 2012, the Mahmoud Darwish museum aims at preserving Mahmoud Darwish's legacy, while rising up with the Palestinian culture. Many of the Poet's personal possessions, manuscripts are present in it, as well as his documents, awards and translated works.