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Elias Sanbar

Elias Wadih Sanbar (Arabic: إلياس صنبر) (born 1947) is a Palestinian historian, poet, essayist, translator and diplomat.[1] Since 2012 he has been the Palestinian ambassador to UNESCO.[2][3]

During the late 1960s Sanbar was a member of the French branch of the General Union of Palestinian Students which was established by Mahmoud Hamshari in Paris.[4][5] Through the Union Hamshari organized the visit of the Swiss film director Jean-Luc Godard to Jordan and Lebanon where he met with the Palestinian fighters in 1969.[4] Sanbar accompanied Godard during the visit.[4]

Sanbar co-founded Revue d'études palestiniennes [The Journal of Palestine Studies] in 1981, and was the journal's editor-in-chief for 25 years.

He has translated the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish into French.[1]

Sanbar's book The Palestinians was the 2015 winner of the Palestine Book Awards.[6]

Select Works

  • Palestine 1948, l’expulsion (1984)
  • Les Palestiniens dans le siècle (1994)
  • Palestine, le pays à venir (1996)
  • Le Lit de l’étrangère (2000) (translated from Mahmoud Darwish)
  • Le bien des absents (2001)
  • Palestiniens: la photographie d’une terre et de son peuple de 1839 à nos jours (2004)


  1. ^ a b "Writer Elias Sanbar and Spain's Biblioteca Islámica to receive 2015 UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture". Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  2. ^ Elias Sanbar, ambassadeur de Palestine auprès de l'Unesco, France 24, 8 November 2013.
  3. ^ Palestine, UNESCO.
  4. ^ a b c Khadijeh Habashneh (2023). Knights of Cinema: The Story of the Palestine Film Unit. Translated by Samirah Alkassim; Nadine Fattaleh. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 37. doi:10.1007/978-3-031-18858-9. ISBN 978-3-031-18858-9. S2CID 259622256.
  5. ^ "49 عاما على اغتيال محمود الهمشري". Palestinian Information Center (in Arabic). 10 January 2022. Retrieved 16 October 2023.
  6. ^ "Elias Sanbar - Palestine Book Awards". Retrieved 15 November 2016.
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