Famous Israeli Writers

Find out more about the greatest Israeli Writers, including Uri Geller, Rula Jebreal, Stanley Fischer, Yitzhak Navon and Amos Oz.

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 1 Uri Geller

Uri Geller
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: December 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
Illusionist, magician, and psychic Uri Geller is best known for his spoon-bending skills, which he has highlighted on many TV shows. He has also acted in the horror film Sanitarium. He has attributed his powers to aliens. He, however, failed to bend spoons on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

 2 Dmitry Glukhovsky

Dmitry Glukhovsky
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Russian-Israeli author Dmitry Glukhovsky gained fame with his first novel, Metro 2033, which he published on his own site at age 18, and which later inspired an interactive experiment and a video game franchise. He has also worked for Mayak Radio Station, EuroNews TV, and Deutsche Welle.

 3 Keren Peles

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Famous As: Singer
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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 4 John the Evangelist

John the Evangelist
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0015 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem
Died: 0100 AD

John the Evangelist, or St. John the Apostle, was one of Jesus’s Twelve Apostles. The son of a fisherman, he was one of the first disciples of Jesus. He is believed to have penned Letters of John and the Fourth Gospel. He and his brother, James, were called the sons of thunder.

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 5 Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: April 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.

Dan Ariely is an Israeli-American professor and author. He is the founder of the research institution, The Center for Advanced Hindsight, and the co-founder of several companies. Currently, he is also the James B. Duke Professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University. He is the author of the three New York Times bestsellers as well. 

 6 Stanley Fischer

Stanley Fischer
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Famous As: Economist, Educationist, Writer, Professor, Banker
Birthdate: October 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mazabuka

Stanley Fischer is an Israeli American economist. He was previously the chief economist at the World Bank and the vice-chairman of the Federal Reserve. In 2014, he was nominated by US President Barack Obama to be the vice-chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors. He is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue as well.  

 7 Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Politician, Actor, Television presenter
Birthdate: November 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

Yair Lapid is an Israeli politician who has been serving as the prime minister of Israel since June 2021. He is also the current Minister of Foreign Affairs in Israel. He is credited with founding the centrist Yesh Atid party. A former journalist, Lapid was also known for his skills as a writer before entering politics in 2012.

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 8 Rula Jebreal

Rula Jebreal
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Famous As: Journalist and novelist
Birthdate: April 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Rula Jebreal is a Palestinian journalist, foreign policy analyst, novelist, and screenwriter. Her first novel Miral was adapted into a film of the same name. Directed by Julian Schnabel, Miral had Freida Pinto playing the title role.

 9 Amos Oz

Amos Oz
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Famous As: Writer, Linguist, Journalist, Novelist, Translator, Essayist, Educationist, University teacher, Children's writer
Birthdate: May 4, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jerusalem

Originally called Amos Klausner, Oz Amos was an Israeli short story writer, novelist, essayist, and educator, known for his advocacy of two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Professor Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University, he wrote forty books, many of which have been translated into forty-five languages, earning him  numerous international awards and honors, including Legion of Honour of France.

 10 Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky
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Famous As: Politician, Writer, Mathematician, Human rights activist
Birthdate: January 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Donetsk

A well-known human rights activist, Natan Sharansky not just campaigned for the rights of the Jews and spent 9 years in a prison in Siberia, but was also a chess prodigy, who was a champion at age 14. He has also penned books and won multiple awards.

 11 Abba Kovner

Abba Kovner
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Famous As: Writer, Poet
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.

 12 Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Eliyahu M. Goldratt
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mandatory Palestine
Died: June 11, 2011

 13 Max Brod

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Famous As: Former prolific writer best remembered as the friend and biographer of writer Franz Kafka
Birthdate: May 27, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: December 20, 1968

Max Brod was a Czech German-speaking Jewish author, composer, and journalist. He studied law at the German Charles-Ferdinand University and proceeded to pursue a career as a journalist and composer. He worked as an editor and literary adviser for the Israeli national theatre for three decades. He was a close friend and biographer of writer Franz Kafka. 

 14 Gilad Atzmon

Gilad Atzmon
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Famous As: Writer, Jazz musician, Saxophonist
Birthdate: June 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

Israeli-born British Gilad Atzmon has established himself as one of the best jazz saxophonists of his time. His collaborations include tracks with stars such as Robbie Williams and Pink Floyd. He has also been in the news for his articles condemning Zionism and for his books, such as The Wandering Who?

 15 Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Shmuel Yosef Agnon
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buchach, Ukraine
Died: February 17, 1970

Nobel Prize-winning Israeli author Shmuel Yosef Agnon remains one of the most significant Hebrew authors of his time. Homeschooled by his parents, he published his first poem at 15. Best known for works such as A Guest for the Night and The Bridal Canopy, he was also inspired by German literature.

 16 Benny Morris

Benny Morris
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Famous As: Historian, Writer, University teacher, Journalist
Birthdate: December 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ein HaHoresh

Benny Morris is an Israeli historian who was a professor at the  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict won him both praise and criticism from both sides of the political divide. He studied history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has a doctorate in modern European history from the University of Cambridge. 

 17 David Grossman

David Grossman
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Famous As: Writer, Radio personality, Screenwriter, Journalist, Children's writer
Birthdate: January 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Israel Prize-winning author David Grossman is best known for his iconic books on Israel, such as See Under: Love and The Book of Internal Grammar. Born into a working-class family, he also developed his left-leaning traits early in life and later stepped into political activism, too.

 18 Solomon Perel

Solomon Perel
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 21, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Peine, Germany

 19 Mascha Kaleko

Mascha Kaleko
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Famous As: Poet
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.

 20 Ari Folman

Ari Folman
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer, Composer
Birthdate: December 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haifa

Ari Folman is an Israeli film director, animator, and screenwriter. He was born to Holocaust survivors in Israel. He studied at Tel Aviv University's department of film and television and began his career producing documentaries. He directed the documentary film Waltz with Bashir, based on the aftermath of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre. 

 21 Aviv Geffen

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record producer, Singer, Poet, Songwriter
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.

 22 Martin van Creveld

Martin van Creveld
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Famous As: Military historian, Historian, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: March 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rotterdam

Martin van Creveld is an Israeli military historian and theorist. He studied history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and later at the London School of Economics, from where he got a doctorate. Besides having a brilliant academic career, he is the author of numerous books on military history and strategy. He has been criticized for his anti-feminist views. 

 23 Yitzhak Navon

Yitzhak Navon
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Famous As: 5th President of Israel
Birthdate: April 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: November 6, 2015

 24 Yehuda Amichai

Yehuda Amichai
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Famous As: Former poet and author, one of the first to write in colloquial Hebrew in modern times
Birthdate: May 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Würzburg, 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.

 25 Sextus Julius Africanus

Sextus Julius Africanus
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Famous As: Christian historian
Birthdate: 0160 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: 0240 AD

Sextus Julius Africanus was a Christian traveler and historian who lived and worked in the late second and early third centuries. He is believed to have had a great influence on the Christian writer Eusebius. Little is known about his life, but it is believed that he served under Roman Emperor Septimius Severus. Only fragments of his work survive. 

 26 Keren Ann

Keren Ann
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter known for her song
Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caesarea, Israel

Keren Ann is a singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and engineer. In addition to playing the guitar, clarinet, and piano, Ann also writes and engineers musical and choir arrangements. Over the years, she has also contributed to the soundtrack of films like Thelma, Louise et Chantal and Yossi.

 27 Naomi Shemer

Naomi Shemer
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Famous As: Musician
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.

 28 Mario Livio

Mario Livio
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Famous As: astronomer, astrophysicist, educator, writer
Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Bucharest

 29 Adin Steinsaltz

Adin Steinsaltz
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Famous As: Educator, Rabbi, Writer
Birthdate: July 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: August 7, 2020

 30 Aharon Appelfeld

Aharon Appelfeld
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 31 A. B. Yehoshua

A. B. Yehoshua
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Famous As: Israeli Faulkner
Birthdate: December 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jerusalem

A. B. Yehoshua is an Israeli essayist, novelist, and playwright. He is one of the most influential and important personalities in the new wave generation of writers in Israel. Many of Yehoshua's works have been adapted for theatre, opera, television, and film. Over the years, he has received many awards, such as the Brenner Prize, Alterman Prize, and Israel Prize.

 32 Amira Hass

Amira Hass
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: June 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jerusalem

 33 Sayed Kashua

Sayed Kashua
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Famous As: journalist, writer, poet
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Tira, Israel

 34 Yosef Lapid

Yosef Lapid
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: December 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Novi Sad, Serbia
Died: June 1, 2008

 35 Emile Habibi

Emile Habibi
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 29, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haifa
Died: May 2, 1996

Palestinian-Israeli author Emile Habibi was not only a prominent figure in Arabic literature but also formed his own narrative style, known as the Habibian, mixing storytelling and activism. A fine politician, too, he was part of the Knesset. He was also awarded the Israel Prize for Arabic literature.

 36 Leah Goldberg

Leah Goldberg
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 37 Raymonda Tawil

Raymonda Tawil
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1940 AD
Birthplace: Acre in Mandatory Palestine

 38 Amir Aczel

Amir Aczel
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: November 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Haifa
Died: November 26, 2015

 39 Avrom Sutzkever

Avrom Sutzkever
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Famous As: Israeli writer
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.

 40 Ghada Karmi

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Famous As: Doctor of medicine
Birthdate: 1939 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem

Palestinian doctor of medicine, author and academic Ghada Karmi is associated with the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter as research fellow and lecturer. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Karmi has penned several articles on Palestinian issues in Wayback Machine and in newspapers and magazines like Journal of Palestine Studies and The Guardian.

 41 Yossi Sarid

Yossi Sarid
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Writer, Poet, Educator
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.

 42 Samih al-Qasim

Samih al-Qasim
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Famous As: Poet
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.

 43 Uri Zvi Greenberg

Uri Zvi Greenberg
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Famous As: Poet
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.

 44 Yoram Kaniuk

Yoram Kaniuk
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Famous As: Witer
Birthdate: May 2, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Died: June 8, 2013

Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk wrote about varied topics, such as the Holocaust and the 1948 war. Though born into an elite family, he joined the Palmach during the War of Independence and was wounded. A multidimensional man, he also studied painting and indulged in gambling and adventure in the US.

 45 Amos Elon

Amos Elon
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 25, 2009

 46 Dareen Tatour

Dareen Tatour
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Famous As: Poet
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.

 47 Zohra Al Fassiya

Zohra Al Fassiya
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 48 Nechama Leibowitz

Nechama Leibowitz
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Famous As: Known for Torah Insights
Birthdate: September 3, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: April 12, 1997

 49 S. Yizhar

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Reḥovot, Israel
Died: August 21, 2006

Yizhar Smilansky, better known by his pen name, S. Yizhar, was born into a family of writers and later grew up to be one of the most significant figures of Israeli literature. The Israel Prize winner is known for his varied books, including war literature and children’s books.

 50 Anton Shammas

Anton Shammas
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Famous As: Writer
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.