About the book:
Set in Jerusalem and Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, the book traces a simple yet highly political project. Bringing Sesame Street to Palestine. Fighting to create the first season, against a backdrop of Rabin’s assassination and the breakout of the second intifada left its marks on the television program that wanted to nurture in young Palestinians a positive sense of Palestinian nationalism and peaceful respect of the ‘other.’ Sesame Street Palestine glimpses the politics of Palestine as seen first hand by an award-winning Palestinian journalist who set up an educational television and was imprisoned by the Palestinian police for exercising freedom of speech.
About the author:
Daoud Kuttab, a Palestinian journalist from Jerusalem, emigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was 14. After studying in the U.S., he returned to his homeland, where he became an award-winning journalist and television producer.
He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, a columnist for Al-Monitor and a reporter for Arab News. He established the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University and was the first Palestinian to interview an Israeli Prime Minister for the leading Al Quds daily in June 1993. He also interviewed Yaser Arafat. He writes regularly in major publications such as the Washington Post, New York Times, and Jordan Times, and often contributes to Project Syndicate. He established the Arab world’s first internet radio AmmanNet and is the founder and director of Community Media Network in Amman . As a leading activist for press freedom in the Arab world, he was the first Arab to be elected to the Vienna-based International Press Institute where he holds the portfolio of press freedom.
Kuttab has four children and three grandchildren. He commutes between Jerusalem and Amman, Jordan.