Sayed Kashua

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Sayed Kashua
Born 1975
Tira, Israel
Nationality Israeli-Arab
Alma mater Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Occupation author and journalist

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.

Biography[edit]

Sayed Kashua was born in Tira in the Triangle region of Israel to parents of Palestinian descent. 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]

Kashua has accepted teaching positions in Chicago, Illinois, moving there with his wife and three children for the 2014/15 academic year. He participated in the Creative Writing program's bilingualism workshop at the University of Chicago and is a clinical professor in the Israel Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.[3] His Haaretz column of July 4, titled "Why Sayed Kashua Is Leaving Jerusalem and Never Coming Back: Everything people had told him since he was a teenager is coming true. Jewish-Arab co-existence has failed."[4] was published at a volatile time in the country's intergroup relations, involving the kidnapping/murders of Jewish students in the West Bank and an Arab youth in East Jerusalem, though prior to the July 8 outbreak of the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict. His declaration elicited numerous responses in the Israeli press from colleagues and readers who were concerned by the issues he raises.

Literary career[edit]

Kashua publishes a personal weekly column in Hebrew for Haaretz newspaper[5] and a local Jerusalem weekly, HaIr. In a humorous, tongue-in-cheek style,[6] his anecdotal pieces address the problems faced by Arabs in Israel.[7]

Television[edit]

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.

Filmography[edit]

Awards and prizes[edit]

Published works[edit]

Documentaries[edit]

A 2009 documentary film (directed and written by Dorit Zimbalist, produced by Barak Heymann and Dorit Zimbalist), Sayed Kashua — Forever Scared, documents the upheavals and events that changed Kashua's life over a period of seven years.[11][12][13]

References[edit]

  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
  3. ^ Jewish Culture and Society: Faculty Directory
  4. ^ http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/sayed-kashua/.premium-1.602869
  5. ^ http://www.haaretz.com/misc/writers/sayed-kashua-1.567
  6. ^ http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/sayed-kashua/.premium-1.532304
  7. ^ "Boston Review — lalami.php". Bostonreview.net. Retrieved 2011-07-19. [dead link]
  8. ^ Sayed Kashua[dead link] on The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature website
  9. ^ "Award winners". webcache.googleusercontent.com. [dead link]
  10. ^ פרס ברנשטיין לסייד קשוע [The Bernstein Prize to Sayed Kashua] (in Hebrew), ישראל היום, July 19, 2011, p. 31 
  11. ^ "Sayed Kashua - Forever Scared". Heymann Brothers Films. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ Sayed Kashua: Forever Scared (2009) at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ "Sayed Kashua- Forever Scared". Ruth Diskin Films. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 

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