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In apparent dig at Smotrich, US diplomat visits museum for Palestinian national poet

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

US Office of Palestinian Affairs head George Noll visits the Mahmoud Darwish Museum in Ramallah on March 21, 2023. (US Office of Palestinian Affairs)
US Office of Palestinian Affairs head George Noll visits the Mahmoud Darwish Museum in Ramallah on March 21, 2023. (US Office of Palestinian Affairs)

In a not-so-subtle jab at Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who claimed Sunday that Palestinian people and culture don’t exist, the head of the US Embassy in Jerusalem’s Office of Palestinian Affairs George Noll pays a visit to the Mahmoud Darwish Museum in Ramallah, which memorializes the late author regarded as the Palestinian national poet.

“Mahmoud Darwish showed us the power of words. As he wrote, poetry and beauty are always making peace. His poetry is a Palestinian national treasure,” Noll’s office tweets.

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