Lucy Aharish

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Lucy Aharish
لوسي هريش לוסי אהריש
Lucy in Happiness Wrapped in a Blanket.jpg
Born 1981 (age 32–33)
Dimona, Israel
Residence Tel Aviv
Alma mater Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Occupation Journalism
Known for First Arab news presenter on mainstream Israeli TV

Lucy Aharish (Hebrew: לוּסִי אַהֲרִישׁ, Arabic: لوسي هريش‎; born 1981) is an Israeli Arab news presenter, reporter, and television host. She currently presents the Evening Edition of the news broadcaster i24news. Aharish is notable for being the first Hebrew-speaking Arab news presenter on Israeli television.


Aharish was born in 1981 in the southern Israeli town of Dimona, to Maaruf and Salwa Aharish, Muslim parents originally from Nazareth in the north. Growing up, she was the only Arab student at her school. On Purim she dressed up as Queen Esther, and on Israeli Independence Day she wore blue and white.[1] When she was six years old, she was slightly injured by a Molotov cocktail thrown at her family's car by Palestinian militants, while driving in the Gaza Strip.

During her adolescence, she says she believed right-wing politics: "I am an Arab who grew up among Moroccan Jews. That's the worst. You learn the hard-core shticks; they have a very short fuse. I was a right-wing Muslim, a fan of Beitar [the Jerusalem soccer club with rabidly nationalistic fans]."[2]

While at university, she drifted towards becoming a devout Muslim, although subsequently distances herself from the religious life.[2]

The idea of pursuing a career in media developed after she moved to Jerusalem to study social sciences and theater at the Hebrew University. "[O]n Highway 1 I saw Arabs being taken off a van and made to face the wall, with rifles aimed at them. I felt that no human being deserves that, and then the penny dropped. But it's also impossible to ignore what the Palestinians are doing." After graduating from Hebrew University, she studied journalism at the Koteret school in Tel Aviv and then interned for a year and a half at a school in Germany.[2][3][4]


Upon returning from Germany, Aharish moved to Tel Aviv. Following a two-week stint as an Arab affairs reporter for Yedioth Ahronoth,[1] in 2007, she became the first Arab to present the news on mainstream Israeli television when she was hired by Channel 10.[4] After leaving that job in 2008, owing to professional differences, she went on to report for Channel 10's Erev Tov ("Good Evening") with Guy Pines and to co-host a morning radio show with Emmanuel Rosen and Maya Bengal.[2][5][6]

Aharish currently co-hosts Channel One's late-night show, Nivheret ha-Halomot ("The Dream Team"),[7] as well as Hamahadura ("The Edition"), a current events program for teens.[8] She appeared in the role of a Palestinian woman in the film adaptation of World War Z, starring Brad Pitt.[9]


  • "We have other things to get over besides the occupation and discrimination. We are fighters and don't give in. If you don't open the door for me, I will come in through the window, and if it is closed, down the chimney. We were too polite, but we learned Israeli chutzpah. It's easy to humiliate an Arab who kowtows, but when that person says 'Listen, pal, tone it down, don't talk to me like that,' you arrive at a dialogue."'[2]
  • "What’s more important for me is the brand name Lucy Aharish. The Arab sector does not pay me a salary. My national identify is that of an Arab-Israeli. I identify with Palestinian suffering, but I am not part of it. I have a different suffering here: I am not getting the rights that accrue to me as a citizen of Israel – such as better mortgage terms – because I did not do army service."[2]

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  1. ^ a b Novick, Ronit (ed.). "לוסי אהריש: מגישת החדשות הערביה הראשונה בישראל". נטו ארט נט: עיתון לתרבות ואמנות (in Hebrew) (26). Retrieved 17 July 2011. "'ביום העצמאות הייתי לובשת כחול-לבן ומשתתפת בטקסים בבית הספר.'" 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Halutz, Doron (3 July 2009). "A generation of Israeli Arabs nurtured on Jewish chutzpah". Haaretz. Retrieved 5 April 2011. "That strategy seems to be working. Aharish is a reporter on 'Good Evening,' a program about the entertainment industry hosted by the veteran Guy Pines; the anchor of the children's news program on Channel 1 (state television); and twice a week she also anchors the morning show of the Tel Aviv-based Radio 99, alongside Emanuel Rosen and Maya Bengal." 
  3. ^ "Arab to deliver Hebrew TV news". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. 15 March 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2011. "Lucy Aharish, an Israeli Arab graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who also underwent broadcast training in Germany, was hired recently by Channel 10 television as a news anchor. Aharish, 25, told Ma'ariv in an interview Monday that although she has experienced racism in Israel, she believes Arabs can overcome such challenges and succeed. Having barely survived an attack on her family car when she visited Gaza as a child, she also voiced disinterest in the Palestinians." 
  4. ^ a b Shabi, Rachel (11 July 2009). "Lucy Aharish: 'People don't imagine I'm an Arab'". The National. Retrieved 5 April 2011. "Now, nearly two years after she made her glittery debut on prime time news, she has a lower profile - but can still be seen and heard all over Israeli broadcast media: she co-presents a morning radio show, is newsreader for youth TV, reports for a television magazine programme (short documentaries on news issues), and presents entertainment features for a music TV channel." 
  5. ^ Crystal, Meirav (7 April 2008). "Poll: Israelis ready for Arab anchor". Ynetnews. Retrieved 6 April 2011. "As if to echo their feeling, Channel 10's Lucy Aharish, the channel's first Arab news anchor, resigned her post recently over professional differences. Aharish is now the front runner to be an anchor on one of Channel 2's morning shows." 
  6. ^ Swisa, Eran (21 November 2008). "מיס לוסי: ראיון עם לוסי אהריש" [Miss Lucy: Interview with Lucy Aharish]. Nrg Maariv (in Hebrew). Retrieved 6 April 2011. "המתיחות בין השתיים הלכה וגאתה עד שהגיעה לשיא בעקבות איחור של אהריש לאחת המשמרות, כאשר מבזקנית אחרת נאלצת להישאר במערכת כגיבוי. הרוחות בבית הוורד סערו ובן-עובדיה גערה בתקיפות במבזקנית המאחרת בנוכחות עובדים אחרים. בתגובה החליטה אהריש להתפטר מיד מעבודתה. 'השפילו אותי באופן מילולי, אבל אני מעדיפה לא להרחיב בנושא הזה.'" 
  7. ^ Noy, Gonny (22 February 2011). "House Mouse / Late night tweets". Haaretz. Retrieved 6 April 2011. "Currently he is moderating the program 'Dream Team' every night at 11 P.M. on Channel 1, along with Lucy Aharish and Jacky Levy, 'Is Anyone Home?' on Channel 10 and the radio program 'Shai and Dror' every morning on 103 FM." 
  8. ^ "IBA Broadcasting Schedule". (in Hebrew). Israel Broadcasting Authority. 4 April 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011. "מנחי 'המהדורה' – איתי ברנע, לוסי האריש ,אריאל ברמן" 
  9. ^ Swissa, Eran (14 June 2011). "נבחרת הזומבים: לוסי אהריש לוהקה לסרט החדש של בראד פיט" [Zombie Dream Team: Lucy Aharish cast in new Brad Pitt film]. NRG Maariv (in Hebrew). Retrieved 27 June 2011. "לוסי אהריש, מגישת הלייט-נייט של הערוץ הראשון, "נבחרת החלומות", מצטרפת אל הקאסט. על-פי גורמים המעורבים בפרטים אהריש נבחנה לפני כשבועיים לתפקיד של אשה פלסטינית צעירה. הקלטות הועברו להפקה ובתחילת השבוע קיבלה אהריש תשובה חיובית." 

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