Rula Jebreal

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Rula Jebreal
Jebreal in October 2010
Native name رولا جبرايل
Born (1973-04-24) April 24, 1973 (age 44)
Haifa, Israel
Nationality Palestinian
Citizenship Israeli, Italian[1]
Alma mater University of Bologna
Occupation Journalist, commentator, author
Spouse(s) Arthur Altschul, Jr. (m. 2013-2016)[2][3]
Children Miral Rivalta[4]
Website Official Web site

Rula Jebreal (Arabic: رولا جبرايل‎‎, Hebrew: רולא ג'בריל‎‎; born April 24, 1973) is a Palestinian[5][6][7] foreign policy analyst, journalist, novelist and screenwriter with dual Israeli and Italian citizenship. She was a commentator for MSNBC.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Jebreal was born in Haifa, Israel, to Othman Jebreal and Zakia, and grew up in Jerusalem,[6] her father was an imam and groundskeeper at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.[6] Her mother, who suffered from severe abuse in her childhood, committed suicide by walking into the sea[9] when Jebreal was 5,[10] she and her sister Rania were put into the Dar El-Tifel orphanage by their father,[9][10] 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.[11]

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.



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.[12]

Books and films[edit]

Jebreal and Julian Schnabel, 2010

Jebreal wrote her first novel Miral in 2003, it was eventually made into a film that was directed by Julian Schnabel, from Jebreal's screenplay.[4][9][13]

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.[14]

Personal life[edit]

She has a daughter whose father is an Italian artist.[4]

In 2013, she married Arthur Altschul, Jr., son of banker Arthur Altschul and member of the Lehman family.[2] The couple divorced in 2016 after she had an affair with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters.[15]

She is fluent in four languages: Italian, English, Arabic and Hebrew,[16] she describes herself as a "secular Muslim".[17]



  1. ^ "Minority Life in Israel". The New York Times. 28 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b New York Post: "Arthur Altschul, Jr. engaged to Rula Jebreal" May 2, 2013
  3. ^ "Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Reportedly Dating Friend's Ex". 16 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Kazanjian, Dodie (2010-10-26). "Rula's View". Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Palestinian broadcaster in Italy, Rula Jebreal, enjoys increasing acclaim". Haaretz. December 11, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c Peter M. Brant (2010). "Rula Jebreal". Interview Magazine. 
  7. ^ Wemple, Erik. "Rula Jebreal deplores MSNBC’s ‘Palestinian Journalist’ label". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rula Jebreal". TalkingPointsMemo. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "Julian Schnabel falls for Palestinian tale, then for its writer". McClatchy Newspapers. 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  10. ^ a b Malle, Chloe (2011-03-23). "One Turbulent World Readied Her for Another". New York: The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  11. ^ Dodie Kazanjian, 'Rula’s View,'Vogue 24 October 2010.
  12. ^ 'Rula "senza testa", caccia al colpevole ma è un giallo di cattivo gusto,' La Repubblica 5 November 2006
  13. ^ Arifa Akbar (3 September 2010). "Schnabel's true romance inspires tale of love across cultural divide". The Independent. London. 
  14. ^ Roberto Conti, Divieto di Soggiorno: l’Italia vista con gli occhi dei suoi immigrati, Frontiere News,8 March 2011
  15. ^ "Pink Floyd's Roger Waters dating Palestinian writer Rula Jebreal". 
  16. ^ 'Rula Jebreal' Huffington Post.
  17. ^ 'Maher vs. Muslim Journo on Berkeley Speech: "Whoever Told You You Only Had To Hear What Didn't Upset You?",' Real Clear Politics October 31, 2014

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