Rula Jebreal

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Rula Jebreal
Jebreal in October 2010.
Born (1973-04-24) April 24, 1973 (age 42)
Haifa, Israel
Ethnicity Palestinian and Nigerian[1]
Citizenship Israeli and Italian [2]
Alma mater University of Bologna
Occupation Journalist, commentator, author
Religion Islam
Spouse(s) Arthur Altschul, Jr. (m. 2013)[citation needed]
Children Miral Rivalta[citation needed]
Relatives Rania Jebreal[citation needed]
Website Official Web site

Rula Jebreal (رولا جبريل; born April 24, 1973) is a Palestinian[3][4][5] foreign policy analyst, journalist, novelist and screenwriter with dual Israeli and Italian citizenship. She was a commentator for MSNBC.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Jebreal was born in Haifa, Israel, to Osman and Zakia, and grew up in Jerusalem.[4] Her Nigerian-born father was an imam and groundskeeper at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.[4] Her mother killed herself[7] when Jebreal was 5.[8] She and her sister Rania were put into the Dar El-Tifel orphanage by their father,[7][8] in 1978, until 1991. She was educated in the orphanage.[citation needed]

In 1993 she received a scholarship from the Italian government to study medicine at the University of Bologna, where she graduated with a degree in physiotherapy. She worked as a physiotherapist while she went back to the University of Bologna and earned her masters in Journalism and Political Science.[citation needed]



Jebreal worked as a journalist in Italy for twelve years. In 2006 she became the co-presenter of AnnoZero, a political television show in Italy.[citation needed]

Books and films[edit]

Rula Jebreal and Julian Schnabel, 2010

Jebreal's wrote her first novel Miral in 2003. It was eventually made into a film that was directed by Julian Schnabel, from Jebreal's screenplay.[7][9][10]

Jebreal's second novel The Bride of Aswan was published in 2007. Her third book, Rejected, is a non-fiction study about the history of immigration in Europe.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She has a teenage daughter whose father is an Italian artist.[10] She dated Julian Schnabel from 2007 to 2011.[11] In 2013, she married billionaire Arthur Altschul, Jr., son of Goldman Sachs banker Arthur Altschul.[12]

She is fluent in five languages: Italian, English, Arabic, Hebrew, and German.[citation needed] She has been described both as a "secular Muslim" and simply "Muslim".[13][14][15]



External links[edit]

Book review