Arab-Palestinian poet and journalist Salem Jubran died Sunday at his home in Nazareth at the age of 71. He was laid to rest in his hometown yesterday. Born in 1941 in the Galilee village of Al-Bukaya (Peki’in), Jubran published three books of poetry, the last of which appeared about 30 years ago. Poet Marwan Makhoul said Jubran’s poetry was the most important ever published by an Arab author in Israel.
Jubran was editor of the Arabic-language communist daily newspaper Al Ittihad (1987-1992) and the communist literary and cultural magazine Al Jadid. He was also a senior lecturer at the Center for Humanistic Education at the Lohamei Hagetaot Holocaust museum and was involved with the Jewish-Arab peace center in Givat Haviva. For many years, he was active in the Communist Party of Israel and Hadash (the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality).