Mordechai Tabib (1910-1979) was born in Rishon LeZion to a prominent Yemenite family. His older brother was the leader of the Yemenite community in Eretz Israel. Tabib worked in agriculture, industry, building, and also served as a guard. During World War II he served in the British Army; later, during the War of Independence, he did editorial work for the Israel Defence Forces. Tabib was active in the central institutions of the Worker's Movement, and served in the Arab section of the Workers' Confederation. His first poems were published in 1938, and his first book appeared in 1948.
Books Published in Hebrew
As the Grass in the Field (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1948; 1960; Am Oved, 1974; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2000 [Ke-Esev Ha-Sadeh]
A Dirt Road (stories), Am Oved, 1953; 1975; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Derech Shel Afar: "Kinoro Shel Yossi" Ve-Sipurim Acherim]
Like a Shrub in the Wildness (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1957; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2014 [Ke-Ar'ar Ba-Arava]
Yossi's Fiddle (play), Merkaz Letarbut Vechinuch, 1959 [Kinoro Shel Yossi]
Journey to the Great Country (stories & poem), Aleph, 1969 [Masa La-Aretz Ha-Gdola]
Stories, Tarmil, 1985 [Sipurim]