Sayed Kashua is an Israeli Arab author and journalist who is well-known for books and humorous columns in Hebrew. Kashua was a resident of Beit Safafa before moving to a Jewish neighbourhood of Jerusalem with his wife and two children.
One of the most important contemporary writers in the Hebrew language, Sayed Kashua portrays Palestinian Israelis with complex and conflicted identities. He has a wry wisdom that he made his own in two novels and a popular Israeli TV sitcom, Arab Labor. Kashua presented his third novel, Exposure in a discussion with London’s Arab Israeli Book Club chaired by Ariel Kahn.
Dancing Arabs, Sayed Kashua’s first novel, has been praised around the world for its uniquely human portrayal of a bright young Arab educated in an Israeli school who, trying to fit in two societies, ends up becoming a stranger in both. In Let It Be Morning, a journalist brings his family back to his native Arab village. Life is difficult, but it becomes impossible when Israeli tanks cut them off from the rest of the country. Both gripping novels address the political and human issues faced by this disempowered part of the population.