Abecassis, Yael
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Israeli actress Yael Abecassis has starred in numerous Israeli and international feature films. Born in Israel in 1967 to a family of Moroccan background, she worked as a model and an on-screen presenter for children’s television, and began her movie career in 1991 with the French film Pour Sacha (dir. Alexander Arcady). Her role as Rivka in Amos Gitai’s Kadosh (1999) showed her capable of portraying a deep and tragic character and propelled her into stardom. Living in a stifling ultra-Orthodox community in Jerusalem, Rivka is unable to conceive. The un…

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Amy Kronish, “Abecassis, Yael”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 30 March 2017
First published online: 2010



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