Emile Habibi had been for many years, until his death in 1996, a leading literary voice of the Arab population in Israel. He often found himself at a point of crossfire being criticized by both Jews and Arabs for what each side had called: disloyalty. Maybe this is the best testimony for the authenticity of his reflections about being an Arab in Israel and even more specifically in Haifa his home town.
Sayed Kashua a contemporary Arab Israeli writer reflects a dynamic of change, yet still struggling for recognition by mainstream Jewish Israel. We will sample some of his literary and journalistic work as well as a short excerpt of his popular sitcom: “Arab Labor”.