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Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Moroccan Poet Bennis awarded High Palestinian Honor


Rabat (IINA) – Moroccan Poet Mohammed Bennis has been awarded the Medal of Culture, Creation, and Art by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The award was presented to Bennis by the Palestinian Ambassador to Morocco Zuhair Al-Shun, in a ceremony held recently at the Palestinian embassy in Rabat.

The event was held to discuss the current situation of Palestine in favor of establishing peace, calling on various countries of the world to recognize Jerusalem (Al-Quds) as its capital. The Palestinian attendants expressed their appreciation of Morocco for its efforts in favor of the Palestinian cause, Morocco World News reported.

The event was marked by the presence of several prominent figures, including Murad Soudani, the Palestinian poet and president of the General Union of Palestinian Writers, and Abdel Rahim El Allam, president of the Union of Moroccan Writers (UEM).

The awarding of this medal to Bennis is an exceptional moment to celebrate the existence of one of the Moroccan and Arabic icons of culture, which marks his humanism spirit, said El Allam.

At the ceremony, Bennis highlighted some of the Palestinian writers and poets, namely Mahmoud Darwish, Emile Habibi and Edward Said, whose works were models and benchmarks for global solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Bennis proceeded to recite his poem dedicated to Al-Quds entitled A road to Al-Quds. He promised to gather all of his poems on Palestine in a collection to be published in the city of Ramallah.

Mohammed Bennis was born in 1948 in Fes. Known for defending modernity in his linguistic, cultural, and poetic works, he is considered one of the most prominent figures of modern Arabic poetry.

Source: International Islamic News Agency