Jerusalem this week is debating the lines of a dead Palestinian poet, his words again at the forefront of what is acceptable and not in Israel.

On Thursday, Israel’s new bombastic defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, blasted Army Radio — a sort of Israeli NPR — for discussing on its “University on the Air” program the works of poet Mahmoud Darwish, who died in 2008.

Lieberman compared the station’s airing of the poem to the "glorification of the literary marvels of Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf.'"

Though he toiled for a time as a bar bouncer in Moldova before immigrating from the Soviet satellite to Israel, Lieberman was a student of Russian literature, the son of a dissident writer, who dreamed as a young man of being a poet himself, according to his biographers.

Israeli media reported that Lieberman brought Army Radio chief Yaron Dekel into a meeting for a dressing-down. Israel’s attorney general told Lieberman to back off.

Darwish was regarded as one of Palestinians' national poets. His works are taught in Israeli high school classes.

The new defense minister was especially upset about the last lines of one of Darwish's poems, which reads, "But if I starve/I will eat my oppressor's flesh/Beware, beware of my starving/And my rage."

Here are the first lines of his 1964 poem, “ID Card,” translated from Arabic by Salman Masalha and Vivian Eden. It is about an imagined encounter between a Palestinian laborer and an Israeli government functionary back in the '60s. Working on rock quarries in the West Bank and Israel is a common (and difficult) job for many Arabs to this day. It is where the pretty white stone of Jerusalem comes from.

ID Card
Write it down! I’m an Arab
My card number is 50000
My children number eight
And after this summer, a ninth on his way.
Does this make you rage?
I am an Arab.
With my quarry comrades I labor hard
My children number eight
I tug their bread, their clothes
And their notebooks
From within the rock
I don’t beg at your door
I don’t cower on your threshold
So does this make you rage?
Write it down!
I am an Arab…