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Rula Jebreal

Influential Palestinian-Italian Journalist

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Date of Birth:



Haifa, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Trailblazing journalist and author addressing Middle Eastern affairs and immigrant experiences in Europe.

Brief bio

Rula Jebreal is a Palestinian-Italian journalist, author, and commentator known for her incisive analysis of Middle Eastern politics, American foreign policy, and global immigration issues. Her work spans journalism, literature, and screenwriting, with a focus on advocacy for Palestinian rights and broader geopolitical dynamics.

Major Milestones


  • Migration to Italy for University: Jebreal moved to Italy to pursue higher education, a pivotal moment that set the stage for her future career in journalism and activism.

  • Becoming the First Foreign Anchorwoman on Italian TV: A significant breakthrough in her career, highlighting her role as a bridge between cultures and perspectives.

  • Publication of "Miral": Her novel "Miral" brought international attention to the Palestinian cause and was later adapted into a film...See More

  • Advocacy for Palestinian Rights: Jebreal has been an outspoken advocate for Middle Eastern affairs, particularly Palestinian rights, on international platforms...See More

  • Academic Contributions: Through her lectures and academic affiliations, Jebreal has contributed to the discourse on journalism, Middle Eastern politics, and migration.

  • Journalistic Coverage of Middle Eastern Politics: Jebreal's reporting, and commentary have provided deep insights into the complexities of Middle Eastern politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Literary Contributions: Through her novels and writings, Jebreal has explored themes of identity, conflict, and the immigrant experience, contributing significantly to literary discussions around these topics.

  • Television and Media Presence: Jebreal's presence in Italian and international media has brought diverse perspectives to broad audiences, challenging stereotypes and promoting dialogue.

  • Public Speaking and Advocacy: Through public speaking engagements, Jebreal has advocated for human rights, focusing on the rights of Palestinians and the importance of journalistic integrity.

  • Educational Impact: Jebreal's role as an educator and lecturer has influenced the next generation of journalists and thinkers, promoting a nuanced understanding of global issues. AUR together with Rula Jebreal (award-winning journalist, author, and foreign policy analyst) started the Rula Jebreal Scholarship Fund in 2015 as an initiative that aimed at providing an education that is about liberating the mind and broadening horizons to provide tuition and living costs for six students from conflict countries (Syria, Palestine, Swaziland, and Egypt)...See More

Date of Last Update: 
April 2, 2024

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