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The poet and academic of Gaza, Prof. Rifat Arir, was killed over the weekend in an IDF attack in the Gaza Strip. Awakening. On October 29, he caused a huge uproar on social media when he ridiculed a report that an Israeli baby was found dead in a baking oven after Hamas terrorists baked him there (a report that later turned out to be false). "With baking powder or without?" he wrote at the time, provoking outrage.
Arir was one of a generation of young poets in Gaza who chose to write in English, describing events in Gaza in his poems, stories and social networks. Since the war began, he made sure to update his followers on what was happening in the Gaza Strip and did not stop attacking the IDF, which he called "the Nazi army." Arir was killed along with his family. His friend, the poet Mus'ab Abu Taha, eulogized him: "My heart is broken. My friend Rifat was killed with his family."
His friends said that his entire family asked him to leave his home toward the southern Gaza Strip, but he refused. "He said, 'I'm just an academic, a citizen at home, I have no intention of leaving,'" said his friend, a history teacher from Shejaiya in eastern Gaza City. One friend explained: "There's no safe place in Gaza, so he decided to stay home." Another member, Ahmed Nauk, wrote that "Rifat's killing is painful and outrageous, it is a huge loss."
He was professor of English literature at the Islamic University in Gaza, where he taught Shakespeare's plays.
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