Rachel Shabi (born 1973) is a journalist and author. She is a contributing writer to The Guardian and the author of We Look Like the Enemy: The Hidden Story of Israel's Jews from Arab Lands, a book on Israel's Oriental Jews.
Life and career
Shabi was born to Iraqi Jews and grew up in the UK. She studied politics and literature at the University of Edinburgh. She has written extensively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Middle East for national and international publications such as The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, Foreign Policy, the New Statesman and English Aljazeera. Shabi's book, We Look Like the Enemy: The Hidden Story of Israel's Jews from Arab Lands, was published in 2009 and received a National Jewish Book Award. She was shortlisted for the 2011 Orwell journalism prize and was awarded the Anna Lindh prize for reporting across cultures and the International Media Award’s Cutting Edge Media award the same year.
- We Look Like the Enemy: The Hidden Story of Israel's Jews from Arab Lands [Bloomsbury Publishing] 2009. ISBN 9780802715722
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