Shulamith Hareven

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Shulamith Hareven (1930 – November 25, 2003) was an Israeli author and essayist.

She was born in Warsaw, Poland, to a Zionist family. She immigrated to Mandate Palestine with her parents in 1940.

At 17 she joined the Haganah, serving as a combat medic in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, in the siege of Jerusalem. She was assigned to establish Israel Defense Forces Radio, opening the station's broadcasts in 1950. She was a war correspondent in the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War.

In 1962 she published her first book, a book of poems titled Predatory Jerusalem. Since then she wrote prose books, translations of books, and plays. She published essays and articles about Israeli society and culture in literary journals Masa, Orlogin, and Keshet, and in newspapers Al Ha-Mishmar, Maariv, and Yedioth Ahronoth. Her essays are collected in four volumes. She also published a thriller under the pen name "Tal Yaeri". Her books have been translated into 21 languages.

She was the first woman inducted into the Academy of the Hebrew Language.

She was an activist for Peace Now. In 1995 the French weekly L'Express deemed her an Author of Peace and listed her among the 100 women "who move the world".

Shulamith Hareven protected her privacy. "I have always thought that culture begins where they know how to separate personal matters from public matters," she wrote in Hebrew in the foreword to her last book, Many Days, an Autobiography. She married Alouph Hareven. Their daughter is the writer Gail Hareven.

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