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Mahmoud Darwish postal stamp released

July 29, 2008 4:41 P.M. (Updated: July 29, 2008 4:41 P.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - The Palestinian ministry of telecommunications and information technology announced on Tueday the issuing of a new postal stamp bearing the image of the renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

The stamp is being produced to honor the work of Darwish and in appreciation for the major role he has played in keeping the Palestinian question alive all over the world through his poetry.

Undersecretary of the ministry, Sulaiman Az-Zuhairi, said in a press conference in Ramallah in the central West Bank, that the name of Darwish has always been connected to revolutionary poetry and "poems of the stolen homeland."

Darwish's poetry has received international acclaim and won numerous literary prizes. His work has been translated into at least twenty-two different languages. He is also well-known for his political activism and was involved in the drafting of the Palestinian national independence document announced on 15 January 1988 in Algeria.

The stamp will be printed in Tunisia, and it will be released in four different values; 150 fils, 250 fils, 350 fils and 400 fils.
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