‘This is not a place for religious conversion’: Palestinians mourn at grave of late Israeli poet
Palestinians mourned yesterday at the grave of a late Israeli literary poet, who died at age 89, amid a continuing wave of violent anti-Semitism.
“He was a very good poet, he was a true poet, a great poet,” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said during a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the death of Naftali Bennet, who was born in Jerusalem on December 9, 1948, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) said.
Bennet was a Palestinian who emigrated to Israel from Israel’s West Bank in the 1960s.
In a poem titled ‘Bennets words’ he said: “To the Jewish people: You are my children, I will protect you, you are my land.
I will never forget your names.”
He died in May last year at the age of 91, the PLO said.
The poem, which was published in 1956, also said: ”You have lived for many years, I am your father.
I am proud to be your father and to have seen you in all your glory.
“Palestinians have long accused Israel of discriminating against them.
Last month, two Israelis were arrested for alleged incitement to violence in a video posted on social media.
The video showed an Israeli man wearing a hijab and holding a gun pointing at a group of Palestinians, calling them “terrorists”.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said last month that the two Israelis, who were arrested, had confessed to making the video.