Famous Israeli Poets

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Keren Peles
(Singer)

Keren Peles
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Birthdate: March 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yavne'el, Israel

Keren Peles is an Israeli pianist, singer-songwriter, and poet. Over the course of her songwriting career, Peles has contributed immensely to the success of other popular singers like Shiri Maimon and Miri Mesika by writing the lyrics of some of their hit songs. She has also found success as a singer as many of her albums have been certified gold.  

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Abba Kovner
(Writer, Poet)

Abba Kovner
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Birthdate: March 14, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sevastopol
Died: September 25, 1987

Israeli poet and partisan leader Abba Kovner was the first person to publicly state in his manifesto that Adolf Hitler was planning to persecute the Jews of Europe. His campaign against the Germans made him join the Israeli army. His life and times have been elaborated in The Fall of a Sparrow.

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Mascha Kaleko
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Birthdate: June 7, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chrzanow, Poland
Died: January 21, 1975

Mascha Kaleko was a poet who wrote in the German language. Born in present-day Poland, Kaleko left for Germany along with her mother and sister when the First World War began. In Germany, she became acquainted with writers like Kurt Tucholsky and Erich Kästner, often meeting them in places like the Romanisches Café. Many of her poems were published posthumously.

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Yehuda Amichai
(Former poet and author, one of the first to write in colloquial Hebrew in modern times)

Yehuda Amichai
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Birthdate: May 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: W├╝rzburg, Germany
Died: September 22, 2000

One of Israel’s most significant poets, Yehuda Amichai was born to Jewish parents in Germany and later moved to Jerusalem, where he fought for the British Army during World War II. His works, such as Now and in Other Days, carry themes of war, Jewish history, and the philosophy of life.

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Aviv Geffen
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record producer, Singer, Poet, Songwriter)

Aviv Geffen
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Birthdate: May 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ramat Gan

Aviv Geffen is an Israeli singer, songwriter, rock musician, keyboardist, guitarist, and record producer. He is credited with co-founding the popular band Blackfield. One of the most popular Israeli artists of his generation, Geffen remains a youth icon although his popularity was at its peak during the 1990s. His music deals with themes like love, peace, politics, suicide, and death.

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Naomi Shemer
(Musician)

Naomi Shemer
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Birthdate: July 13, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kibbutz Kinneret, Israel
Died: June 26, 2004

Naomi Shemer was an Israeli songwriter and musician. One of the most popular figures of her generation, Shemer was referred to as the first lady of Israeli poetry and song. Her song Jerusalem of Gold became an unofficial anthem when Israel won the Six-Day War in 1967. In 1983, she was honored with the Israel Prize for a Hebrew song.

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Aharon Appelfeld
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Birthdate: February 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zhadova, near Czernowitz, Romania (now Ukraine)
Died: January 4, 2018

Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld was 8 when the Nazis captured him and his family. While he lost his mother to the Holocaust, he and his father were sent to a labor camp. After escaping the camp, he traveled to Ukraine and Palestine, took up odd jobs, and even studied philosophy.

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Leah Goldberg
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Birthdate: May 29, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaliningrad, Russia
Died: January 15, 1970

Leah Goldberg was an Israeli poet, playwright, literary translator, and author who wrote in the Hebrew language. An important writer, Goldberg's works are generally regarded as classics of Israeli literature. In 1949, she received the Ruppin Prize. In 1970, Leah Goldberg was honored with the prestigious Israel Prize for literature.

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Avrom Sutzkever
(Israeli writer)

Avrom Sutzkever
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Birthdate: July 15, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Smarhon, Belarus
Died: January 20, 2010

Avrom Sutzkever was an Israeli poet who became the first Yiddish writer to receive the Israel Prize in 1985. Sutzkever, whose works have been translated into several languages, was recognized as the greatest poet of the Holocaust by The New York Times. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Itzik Manger Prize, which he won in 1969.

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Yossi Sarid
(Journalist, Politician, Writer, Poet, Educator)

Yossi Sarid
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Birthdate: October 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rehovot
Died: December 4, 2015

Yossi Sarid was a news commentator and politician who was an important member of the Knesset between 1974 and 2006. From 1996 to 2003, he led the political party Meretz. A former Minister of the Environment and Minister of Education, Sarid also served as the Leader of the Opposition between 2001 and 2003. Sarid is also remembered for his uprightness.

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Samih al-Qasim
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Birthdate: May 11, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zarqa, Emirate of Transjordan (now Jordan)
Died: August 19, 2014

Samih al-Qasim was a Palestinian poet whose work is renowned throughout the Arab world. He contributed immensely to popular journals like Al-Jadid, Al-Ittihad, and Index. Samih al-Qasim is also remembered for his political career; he became part of the Israeli Communist Party after the Six-Day War in 1967.

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Uri Zvi Greenberg
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Birthdate: September 22, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bilyi Kamin', Ukraine
Died: May 8, 1981

Uri Zvi Greenberg was an Israeli poet, politician, and journalist. Greenberg, who wrote in Hebrew and Yiddish, is often considered one of the greatest poets in the history of Israel. For his immense contributions to literature, Uri Zvi Greenberg was honored with several prestigious awards like the Bialik Prize and the Israel Prize.

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Zohra Al Fassiya
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Birthdate: 1905 AD
Birthplace: Sefrou, Morocco
Died: 1994 AD

Zohra Al Fassiya was a Moroccan poet and singer. Counted among the pioneers of modern Arabic music, Al Fassiya's songs were celebrated across Morocco and Algeria. Widely regarded as the queen of the gharnati and melhoun genres, Zohra Al Fassiya was also the first female Moroccan recording artist.

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Dareen Tatour
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Birthdate: April 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Reineh, Israel

Dareen Tatour is a Palestinian poet, social media activist, and photographer. Tatour, who writes in Arabic, was sentenced to prison for five months in 2018 by an Israeli court for her controversial posts on social media. In 2019, she was honored with the prestigious Oxfam Novib/PEN Award for Freedom of Expression.

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Anton Shammas
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Birthdate: September 8, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fassuta, Israel

Anton Shammas is a Palestinian poet, writer, and translator of English, Hebrew, and Arabic languages. Shammas is credited with co-founding an Arabic magazine called The East, which he edited between 1971 and 1976. The recipient of the Whiting Award and Lila Wallace Writers' Award, Anton Shammas' acclaimed novel Arabesques was translated into several languages, including Spanish, English, French, and German.

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Samira Saraya
(Actress)

Samira Saraya
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Birthdate: December 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Samira Saraya is an Israeli-Palestinian actor, rapper, filmmaker, poet, and spoken word artist. Over the years, she has won several prestigious awards including the best screenplay award at the TLVFest. Saraya is also an important activist; she is credited with co-founding a feminist organization called Aswat which aims at changing the perception of the LGBT community in Palestine.

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Abraham Shlonsky
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Birthdate: March 6, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kremenchuk, Ukraine
Died: May 18, 1973

Abraham Shlonsky was an Israeli poet who played an important role in the progression of modern Hebrew in Israel. He also worked as an editor and translated several literary classics. In 1946, he was honored with the Tchernichovsky Prize for his translation of Eugene Onegin and Hamlet. He was also the recipient of the Bialik Prize and the Israel Prize.

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Elias Sanbar
(Historian)

Elias Sanbar
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Birthdate: February 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Palestinian historian, essayist, poet, translator and diplomat Elias Sanbar serves as Palestinian ambassador to the UNESCO since 2012. He is one of the founders of Revue d'études palestiniennes (The Journal of Palestine Studies) and served as its editor-in-chief for 25 years. His book The Palestinians won the Palestine Book Awards in 2015. His works include translating Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry into French.