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Samah Sabawi

Samah Sabawi

Sector : Cultural Figures , Writers

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Australia
  • Gender : Female
  • Born in : 1967
  • Age : 49
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Samah Sabawi (1967) is a Palestinian-Australian-Canadian writer, commentator, author and playwright. She has written and produced the plays Cries from the Land (2003) and Three Wishes (2008), both successfully received in Canada. In 2014, Sabawi completed a sold-out season of the play Tales of a City by the Sea, which had an Arabic production by Al Rowwad Theatre in Palestine and an English production by La Mama Theatre in Melbourne, Australia.

Sabawi's essays and opeds have appeared in various media outlets including The Australian, Al Jazeera, Al-Ahram, The Globe and Mail, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald among many others. Her poetry has been featured in various magazines and books, most recently in an anthology published by West End Press titled With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century. She is a frequent guest/co-presenter on 774 ABC Melbourne's Jon Faine's Conversation Hour. She appeared alongside Israeli writer Ari Shavit, BBC News New York and UN Correspondent Nick Bryant, actress Miriam Margolyes, and numerous others.

Sabawi is a policy advisor to the Palestinian policy network Al Shabaka, and a member of the board of directors of the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations. She participated in various public forums on peace building, women in conflict areas, the Palestinian right of return, as well as various presentations for interfaith groups. Previously, she was a public advocate for Australians for Palestine, Executive Director and Media Spokesperson for the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR), and a Subject Matter Expert on the Middle East's cultural and political landscape for the Canadian Foreign Service Institute's Center for Intercultural Learning.

Samah Sabawi is currently co-editing an anthology of Jewish and Palestinian plays from diaspora for the Playwrights Canada Press, Canada’s major publisher and distributor of Canadian drama.

Sabawi's family left Gaza following Israel's occupation of the Strip in the Six-Day War. Although she has lived and worked in many countries around the world she still has "strong ties to her place of birth - ties that have shaped [her] work and identity". As a result of this she is fluent in both English and Arabic and has given speeches and interviews in both.

She has challenged the media's coverage of the Palestine-Israel conflict and is an avid critic of both Hamas and Fatah Sabawi has called for better representation of the Palestinian people She has been a consistent participant of Israeli Apartheid Week and a lifetime advocate for non-violent resistance.


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