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 44)
Haifa, Israel
Nationality Palestinian
Citizenship Israeli, Italian[1]
Alma mater University of Bologna
Occupation journalist, commentator, author
Children Miral Rivalta[2]
Website Official Web site

Rula Jebreal (Arabic: رولا جبريل‎, Hebrew: רולא ג'בריל‎; 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 Othman Jebreal and Zakia, and grew up in Jerusalem.[4] Her father was an imam and groundskeeper at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.[4] Her mother, who suffered from severe abuse in her childhood, committed suicide by walking into the sea[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 raised in the orphanage, and regards its founder, Hind Husseini, as her teacher and mother, crediting her with saving her life.[9]

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.[citation needed]



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.[10]

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.[2][7][11]

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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

She has a daughter Miral whose father is artist Davide Rivalta.[13]

Her collaboration with Julian Schnabel, for whom she penned the original screenplay and original source novel for Schnabel's film Miral, extended beyond the movie. Jebreal was in a relationship with him from 2007 to 2011.[14] [15][16]

In 2013, she married Arthur Altschul, Jr., son of banker Arthur Goodhart Altschul Sr. and a member of the Lehman family.[17] She divorced Altschul in 2016.

She is fluent in four languages: Arabic, Hebrew, English and Italian.[18] She describes herself as a "secular Muslim".[19]



  1. ^ "Minority Life in Israel". The New York Times. 28 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Kazanjian, Dodie (2010-10-26). "Rula's View". Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  3. ^ "Palestinian broadcaster in Italy, Rula Jebreal, enjoys increasing acclaim". Haaretz. December 11, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c Peter M. Brant (2010). "Rula Jebreal". Interview Magazine. 
  5. ^ Wemple, Erik. "Rula Jebreal deplores MSNBC's 'Palestinian Journalist' label". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rula Jebreal". TalkingPointsMemo. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Julian Schnabel falls for Palestinian tale, then for its writer". McClatchy Newspapers. 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  8. ^ a b Malle, Chloe (2011-03-23). "One Turbulent World Readied Her for Another". New York: The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  9. ^ Dodie Kazanjian, 'Rula’s View,'Vogue 24 October 2010.
  10. ^ 'Rula "senza testa", caccia al colpevole ma è un giallo di cattivo gusto,' La Repubblica 5 November 2006
  11. ^ Arifa Akbar (3 September 2010). "Schnabel's true romance inspires tale of love across cultural divide". The Independent. London. 
  12. ^ Roberto Conti, Divieto di Soggiorno: l’Italia vista con gli occhi dei suoi immigrati, Frontiere News,8 March 2011
  13. ^ "Rula Jebreal: tutto sulla giornalista palestinese" (in Italian). Italia Online]. Retrieved 27 Dec 2017. 
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  17. ^ "Arthur Altschul, Jr. engaged to Rula Jebreal"". Page Six. May 2, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Rula Jebreal". Huffington Post. 
  19. ^ Ian Schwartz (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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