Rula Jebreal

Israeli Arab journalist and author

Peace and Security in the Holy Land

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Rula Jebreal is an award-winning journalist, author, and foreign policy analyst who has received accolades for her groundbreaking work in Italy, the United States and across the Middle East.  Since moving to the United States in 2009, Rula has been an on-air foreign policy analyst for MSNBC and a contributor to the Daily BeastNewsweek and Salon.com, and the new political order in the Arab Muslim world. Rula has appeared frequently on CNN and Bloomberg, and she has written op-eds for the New York Times and the San Jose Mercury News, among other media outlets.

Rula was the first foreign anchorwoman to broadcast the evening news in the history of Italian television, and in 2004 started Ominibus, her own daily talk show for Italian television, where she interviewed global personalities such as Silvio Berlusconi, and Bill Gates.  In 2005 she received the prestigious Ischia Prize for her work in international journalism. 

Her first novel “Miral” has been translated into 15 languages, selling over 2 million copies worldwide. She also wrote the screenplay for the film of the same name, which had its U.S. premiere at the United Nations General Assembly Hall. She has written two other books, “The Bride of Aswan” which obtained the International Fenice Europe Prize, and “Divieto di soggiorno” which addresses the marginalization of immigrants in Europe and how this plays into the hands of extremist elements.

Rula received a degree in physiotherapy from Bologna University, and speakers Italian, English, Arabic, and Hebrew fluently.  She lives with her husband and their daughter in New York, where she is currently finishing her documentary.