Emile Habibi

Arab Writer
Born Jan 28, 1922

Imil Shukri Habibi was an Israeli-Palestinian writer of Arabic expression and a communist politician, son of a Christian family. In 2005, he was voted the 143rd-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Emile Habibi.


1922 Birth Born in 1922.


1947 25 Years Old Habibi was one of the leaders of the Palestine Communist Party during the Mandate era. He supported the 1947 UN Partition Plan. … Read More
1951 29 Years Old He served in the Knesset between 1951 and 1959, and again from 1961 until 1972, first as a member of Maki, before breaking away from the party with Tawfik Toubi and Meir Vilner to found Rakah. … Read More


1954 32 Years Old Habibi began writing short stories in the 1950s, and his first story, "The Mandelbaum Gate" was published in 1954.


1972 50 Years Old In 1972 he resigned from the Knesset in order to write his first novel: The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist, which became a classic in modern Arabic literature. … Read More


1992 70 Years Old 1 More Event
His last novel, published in 1992, was Saraya, the Ogre's Daughter. … Read More
1996 74 Years Old …  He died in 1996 in Nazareth and was buried according to his request in Haifa. … Read More
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