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Sayed Kashua    

Palestinian Novelist, Cultural Critic & Creator of Israeli TV Show "Arab Labor"

Sayed Kashua is a prominent author, screenwriter, and journalist, born in Tira, Israel. A Palestinian citizen of Israel, Kashua writers in Hebrew and is known for his books and humorous columns in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz.

Kashua is the author of the essay collection "Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life," and the novels "Second Person Singular," winner of the prestigious Berstein Prize; "Let It Be Morning," shortlisted for the international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and "Dancing Arabs," which was adapted into a film - A Borrowed Identity. His most recent novel "Track Changes" was published in English in 2020.

Kashua is the writer and creator of several successful TV shows. He created the hit TV shows "Arab Labor" and "The Writer." His new TV show "Madrasa," is a comedy about a Bi-lingual school in Jerusalem.

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My Journey From the Middle East to the Mid West

Sayed Kashua is a prominent Palestinian author, screenwriter, and newspaper columnist writing in Hebrew. In this talk Kashua speaks about his personal journey growing up as Palestinian citizen of Israel, the challenges of learning in a Jewish Hebrew school, and the complexities of functioning as an Arab in Israeli society. Kashua’s popular TV shows and newspaper columns are known for his humor and whit, colorfully shining light on a difficult and at times painful past experience living a dual existence in Israel.

An Evening with Sayed Kashua

Second Person Singular

Arab Labor

Dancing Arabs

The Arabs in Israel: The Inaudible Cry for Citizenship

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The Foreign Mother Tongue

Living with Dual Identity

Cultural Criticism through Humor

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