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

Rula Jebreal
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Jebreal in September 2017
Native name
رولا جبريل
Born (1973-04-24) April 24, 1973 (age 46)
Haifa, Israel
CitizenshipIsraeli, Italian[2]
Alma materUniversity of Bologna
Occupationjournalist, commentator, author
ChildrenMiral Rivalta[3]
WebsiteOfficial Web site
External video
Jebreal on her secret interview with Jamal Khashoggi


Early life and educationEdit

Jebreal was born in Haifa, Israel, to Nigeria-born Sufi imam Othman Jebreal and Zakia, and grew up in Jerusalem.[7] Her father was an imam and groundskeeper at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.[7] 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]



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 filmsEdit

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 lifeEdit

She has a daughter Miral whose father is artist Davide Rivalta.[14][failed verification]

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]


  • 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


  1. ^ "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". Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  4. ^ "Rula's View". Vogue. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  5. ^ "Rula Jebreal: How I'm Treated as a Minority in Israel". Tikkun. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  6. ^ "Rula Jebreal". TalkingPointsMemo. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Peter M. Brant (2010). "Rula Jebreal". Interview Magazine.
  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.
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  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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