and this is as close as he’s going to get to his village of al Birwa. the view is from my friend’s house in ramallah of the helicopter with mahmoud darwish’s body landing in the muqata’a. he won’t be buried in his home village or anywhere near it. perhaps that is why it is fitting that people like mahmoud abbas are having a memorial for him now at the presidential compound. it seems fitting for the ruling fateh party that never argues for al awda to inhibit al awda even in death.