Rula Jebreal

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Rula Jebreal
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Jebreal in September 2017
Native name رولا جبريل
Born (1973-04-24) April 24, 1973 (age 45)
Haifa, Israel
Nationality Palestinian, Israeli[1]
Citizenship Israeli, Italian[2]
Alma mater University of Bologna
Occupation journalist, commentator, author
Children Miral Rivalta[3]
Website Official Web site

Rula Jebreal (Arabic: رولا جبريل‎, Hebrew: רולא ג'בריל‎; born April 24, 1973) is a Palestinian-Israeli[1][4][5][6] foreign policy analyst, journalist, novelist and screenwriter with dual Israeli and Italian citizenship. She was a commentator for MSNBC.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Jebreal was born in Haifa, Israel, to Nigeria-born Sufi imam Othman Jebreal and Zakia, and grew up in Jerusalem.[5] Her father was an imam and groundskeeper at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.[5] Her mother, who suffered from severe abuse in her childhood, committed suicide by walking into the sea[8] when Jebreal was 5.[9] She and her sister Rania were put into the Dar El-Tifel orphanage by their father,[8][9] in 1978, until 1991. She was raised in the orphanage, and regards its founder, Hind Husseini, as her teacher and mother, crediting her with saving her life.[10]

In 1993, she received a scholarship from the Italian government to study at the University of Bologna, where she graduated with a degree in physiotherapy.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Journalism[edit]

Jebreal worked as a journalist in Italy for twelve years. In 2006 she worked with Michele Santoro as an interviewer on AnnoZero, a political television show in Italy.[11]

Books and films[edit]

Jebreal and Julian Schnabel, 2010

Jebreal first novel Miral was published in 2003. The film version, adapted by Jebreal, and directed by Julian Schnabel, was first released in 2010.[3][8][12]

Jebreal's second novel The Bride of Aswan was published in 2007. Her third book, Rejected, is a non-fiction study based on interviews with immigrants who have either made their way to successful careers in Italy or otherwise live on the margins of Italian society.[13]

Personal life[edit]

She has a daughter Miral whose father is artist Davide Rivalta.[14][not in citation given]

Her collaboration with Julian Schnabel on Miral, extended beyond the movie. Jebreal was in a relationship with him from 2007 to 2011.[15] [16][17]

In 2013, she married Arthur Altschul, Jr., son of banker Arthur Goodhart Altschul Sr. and a member of the Lehman family.[18] She divorced Altschul in 2016.

She is fluent in four languages: Arabic, Hebrew, English and Italian.[19] She describes herself as a "secular Muslim".[20]

Works[edit]

  • La strada dei fiori di Miral, BUR Biblioteca Univ. Rizzoli, 2005, ISBN 978-88-17-00850-1
  • La sposa di Assuan, (Bride of Aswan) Rizzoli, 2005, ISBN 978-88-17-00867-9
  • Divieto di soggiorno: l'Italia vista con gli occhi dei suoi immigrati, (Rejected) Milan, Italy: Rizzoli, 2007, ISBN 978-88-17-01270-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Transcripts: Crisis in the Middle East; Interview with Amb. Ron Prosor; Ebola Scare in New York City; Will Both Sides Hold Their Fire?; 40 Years after Watergate". CNN. August 4, 2014. ...and Arab Israelis like myself...
  2. ^ "Minority Life in Israel". The New York Times. 28 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b Kazanjian, Dodie (October 26, 2010). "Rula's View". Vogue.com. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  4. ^ "Palestinian broadcaster in Italy, Rula Jebreal, enjoys increasing acclaim". Haaretz. December 11, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c Peter M. Brant (2010). "Rula Jebreal". Interview Magazine.
  6. ^ Wemple, Erik. "Rula Jebreal deplores MSNBC's 'Palestinian Journalist' label". Washington Post. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  7. ^ "Rula Jebreal". TalkingPointsMemo. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "Julian Schnabel falls for Palestinian tale, then for its writer". McClatchy Newspapers. January 13, 2011. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Malle, Chloe (March 23, 2011). "One Turbulent World Readied Her for Another". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  10. ^ Dodie Kazanjian, 'Rula’s View,'Vogue October 24, 2010.
  11. ^ 'Rula "senza testa", caccia al colpevole ma è un giallo di cattivo gusto,' La Repubblica November 5, 2006
  12. ^ Arifa Akbar (September 3, 2010). "Schnabel's true romance inspires tale of love across cultural divide". The Independent. London.
  13. ^ Roberto Conti, Divieto di Soggiorno: l’Italia vista con gli occhi dei suoi immigrati, Frontiere News, March 8, 2011
  14. ^ "Rula Jebreal: tutto sulla giornalista palestinese" (in Italian). Italia Online]. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  15. ^ https://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/rula-jebreal
  16. ^ http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2011/08/julian_schnabel_and_rula_jebre_1.html
  17. ^ http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Rula+Jebreal/Julian+Schnabel+Opening+Exhibition+Arrivals/Zjmr-_gXL6r
  18. ^ "Arthur Altschul, Jr. engaged to Rula Jebreal"". Page Six. May 2, 2013.
  19. ^ "Rula Jebreal". Huffington Post.
  20. ^ Schwartz, Ian (October 31, 2014). "Maher vs. Muslim Journo on Berkeley Speech: "Whoever Told You You Only Had To Hear What Didn't Upset You?"". Real Clear Politics.

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