Odeh Bisharat has been involved in political and social activity all his life, first as head of National Committee of Arab-Israeli High School Students, later as head of the Arab Students’ Organisation at Haifa University. He has also been active in various Jewish-Arab movements, and worked as editor of the youth newspaper Al-Jad. In the early 2000s, Bisharat was secretary general of the political party Hadash (Democratic Front for Peace and Equality). At present, he is op-ed columnist for both Haaretz and Al-Atikhad newspapers. The Streets of Zatunia has been published both in Arabic (2007; 2010) and in Hebrew (2010). Bisharat was born in 1958 to a family originally from Ma’alul, a village destroyed in 1948, and now lives in Yafiah, in the Galilee, with his wife and three children.