Alaa Hlehel is a Palestinian writer, playwright and journalist. He was born in the village of Al-Jash in the Galilee in 1974 and completed his bachelor’s degree in communications and arts at the University of Haifa and studies at the School of Screenwriting in Tel Aviv. Hlehel served as founder and editor of literary magazines and his articles are published in the Israeli and Arab press. He also teaches creative writing. His collections of short stories were translated into several languages. His novel Au Revoir Acre was published in 2014, to great acclaim. He lives in Acre, Israel.