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Guus Valk

Guus ValkGuus Valk has been working as a correspondent in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since 2008 for Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad and its sister newspaper Before that he was a political editor in The Hague.

“The hopelessness of this conflict zone - Israel, the Gazastrip and the Westbank - sometimes gets compensated for with fantastic stories and people who enrich the area. I could have chosen many people, but I picked Sayed Kashua, who does not care about the hopeless situation he is living in. It actually inspires him. I wonder if Sayed Kashua would have been as good a writer if he had not lived in Jerusalem but in a suburban area of a Western country. The questions he asks are related to the foundations of his life."

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Sayed Kashua

Sayed Kashua

In permanent danger, bullied Palestinian-Israeli soapwriter Sayed Kashua resolutely keeps making provocative jokes. And Israelis love him.