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Elias Jahshan


Elias is a Palestinian-Lebanese-Australian journalist and writer who is currently the Social Media, SEO and Audience Editor at The New Arab. His short memoir ‘Coming Out Palestinian’ was anthologised in Arab Australian Other: Stories on Race and Identity (ed. Randa Abdel-Fattah & Sara Saleh; Picador, 2019), and he is the Editor of This Arab Queer: An Anthology by LGBTQ+ Arab Writers (Saqi; 2022). He has been published in The Guardian, SBS Voices, My Kali and The Bookseller and is a former editor of Star Observer, Australia’s longest-running LGBTQ+ media outlet, and also a former board member of Arab Council Australia. 


Areas of focus: LGBTQ+ issues, arts and culture, social media, and Palestine.


Follow him on Twitter (and Instagram): @Elias_Jahshan

Book Club: Poet, activist, organiser and now author Sara M Saleh is a woman of many talents. Speaking to The New Arab, Sara talks about the inspiration behind her debut novel 'Songs for the Dead and the Living' and how multiplicities come into play.

04 October, 2023

Book Club: 2021 has played host to a stunning array of titles from Arab authors. From magical realism and poignant social commentary to poetry and theoretical deep-dives, The New Arab rounds up some our favourite books from Arab authors in 2021.

30 December, 2021

Since the Port Blast, Beirut's multidimensional problems have spiralled out of control. Already marginalised by society, the LGBTQ+ community in Lebanon now faces a homelessness crisis.

03 August, 2021

Opinion: Ben & Jerry's decision to end sales in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is a welcome first step, but the real credit goes to BDS activists, not corporations for doing the bare minimum, writes Elias Jahshan.

21 July, 2021

UK's largest festival of contemporary Arab culture is back after two years to once again connect communities with the best of contemporary Arab visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature and debate.

18 June, 2021

Despite the occasional case of mainstream success, Arab musicians have found it difficult to break the music industry's glass ceiling. However, given the continued popularity of Arab sounds, Empire's market development VP wants to change that.

20 May, 2021

The New Arab Meets: Palestinian singer-songwriter Bashar Murad who uses his music to confront conservative norms, the Israeli occupation, and LGBT+ rights in the Middle East.

05 March, 2021

The New Arab Meets: Palestinian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rasha Nahas, to talk more about the release of her highly anticipated debut album Desert.

19 February, 2021

Book Club: From fiction to insightful memoirs and social commentary, The New Arab rounds up some of the best books written by Arab authors this year.

22 December, 2020

Comment: What happened to Bella Hadid is just one of the many ways we Palestinians are censored when we speak our truth, writes Elias Jahshan.

13 July, 2020