Sayed Kashua

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Sayed Kashua (Arabic: سيد قشوع, Hebrew: סייד קשוע; b. 1975) is an Israeli Arab author and journalist born in Tira, Israel, known for his books and humoristic columns in Hebrew.


Sayed Kashua was born in Tira in the Triangle region of Israel. In 1990, he was accepted to a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem - Israel Arts and Science Academy.[1] He studied sociology and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Kashua was a resident of Beit Safafa before moving to a Jewish neighborhood of Jerusalem with his wife and children.[2]

Literary career[edit]

Kashua writes satirical columns in Hebrew for Haaretz newspaper[3] and a local Jerusalem weekly, HaIr. In a humorous, tongue-in-cheek style,[4] Kashua addresses the problems faced by Arabs in Israel, caught between two worlds.[5]


Avoda Aravit, or in English, Arab Labor, is a satirical sitcom written by Kashua and aired on Israel's Channel 2. A large part of the dialogue is in Arabic with Hebrew subtitles. The show is about a young Arab couple, Amjad (Norman Issa) and Bushra (Clara Khoury), and their young daughter, who live in an Arab village on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Amjad is a journalist working for a Hebrew newspaper (much like Haaretz) who desperately seeks to assimilate into the prevailing Israeli Jewish cultural milieu with mixed and hilarious results.[1] The show holds a mirror up to the racism and ignorance on both sides of the ethnic divide and has been compared with All in the Family.

Awards and prizes[edit]

Published works[edit]

  • Dancing Arabs (2002)
  • Let it be Morning (2006)
  • Second Person Singular (2010) (also published as Exposure (2013))


A 2009 documentary film produced by Dorit Zimbalist, Sayed Kashua — Forever Scared, documents the upheavals and events that changed Kashua's life over a period of seven years.


  1. ^ a b Kershner, Isabel (2008-01-07). "Straddling Cultures, Irreverently, in Life and Art — New York Times". Israel: Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  2. ^ Atlantic Books: Sayed Kashua
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  5. ^ "Boston Review — lalami.php". Retrieved 2011-07-19. [dead link]
  6. ^ Sayed Kashua[dead link] on The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature website
  7. ^ "Award winners". [dead link]
  8. ^ פרס ברנשטיין לסייד קשוע [The Bernstein Prize to Sayed Kashua] (in Hebrew), ישראל היום, July 19, 2011, p. 31 

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