The Bride of the Sea: Safa’s Story

Safa Kassas Younes
Title: Executive Director at Arous El Bahr Association for Women in Jaffa
Arabic (native), Hebrew, French, English


“I am Arab, Muslim, and Palestinian. I live in Israel. It’s complicated, I have a lot of identities.”

Safa was born in Jaffa in 1975, to Siham and Ali Kassas, as the eldest of four children. Safa’s maternal family fled Jaffa in 1948 to Gaza, where they stayed– separated from the rest of their relatives– until after 1967 when some of them were able to return. In 1973, Safa’s mother was married to Ali, a relative of the family who still lived in Jaffa. Her brothers and sisters were unable to leave Gaza, where they stayed and operated a cosmetic manufacturing company until today. Continue reading