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Sami Michael (Hebrew: ??? ??????, born August 15, 1926, Baghdad, Iraq; birth name Sallah Menashe) is an Israeli author. Since 2001 Sami Michael has been the President of The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). Michael was amongst the first in Israel (publishd in his column, Al Ittihad, 1950) to call for peace, an end to the Israeli occupation and for the creation of an independent Palestinian state to exist alongside Israel. In his novels Michael portrays characters, both Jews and Arabs, as real people and not romantic symbols or nightmarish creatures. Michael writes of the aspirations and struggles of both peoples. This new approach in modern, Hebrew literature was controversial and has been widely discussed at universities and in the media. His novel Refuge, set in the Six-Day War (1967) is an example of this, "Sami Michael is the first writer to have succeeded in presenting the complex relationships between Jews and Arabs in literary-fictional attire, devoid of any prejudice.” Michael was awarded the EMET Prize in 2007.
Michael defines himself not as a Zionist, but, as in Unbounded Ideas, as an Israeli in order to make room for the inclusion of all citizens in Israel."No other ‘Israeli’ (seemingly ‘western’) intellectual can express, with such power and intensity, the cultural attributes of both East and West, as they are embodied in Sami Michael’s life story, his emotional world and his broad education". Shlomo Ben-Ami.Michael made a solitary demonstration against racism in Emanuel (a settlement town). "Not an ardent speech at a crowded demonstration but rather a simple, intelligent, decent civilian act quite unique."
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