Shira Rubin

Tel Aviv

Foreign reporter, Middle East

Education: Hebrew University, MA in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; New York University, BA in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Shira Rubin is a journalist for The Washington Post based in Tel Aviv, covering news from Israel, the Palestinian territories and the region. Before joining The Post, Rubin worked as a freelance foreign correspondent from Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, France, Germany and Britain. At the height of the wave of Syrian migration to Europe, Rubin reported from Turkey and Greece on the proliferation of social media-hosted human smuggling networks and on the mental health crisis among refugee communities. In the months prior to the Arab Spring revolutions, Rubin was a U.S. State
Latest from Shira Rubin

The Palestinian Authority, teetering on collapse, is tested in Jenin

Israel's military operation in Jenin exposed the weakness of the Palestinian Authority, which many Palestinians view as increasingly irrelevant and out of touch.

July 12, 2023

Israel’s raid left the Jenin camp in ruins. Palestinians blame their leaders.

As the residents of Jenin camp rebuild from the two-day raid that left 12 Palestinians dead, a new Israeli response to West Bank militancy is emerging, marked by longer, bloodier operations.

July 5, 2023

Israeli troops leave Jenin after two-day incursion, trade fire with Gaza

The two-day incursion, the biggest in two decades, left at least 12 Palestinians dead and some 100 injured.

July 4, 2023

Palestinians explore the pleasures, and perils, of hiking the West Bank

Hiking groups provide Palestinians with social connections and a new view of their ancestral land. As settler violence surges, though, the trails are more dangerous.

June 28, 2023

New weapons, tactics further entangle U.S. in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The use of new and more powerful weapons harks back to the all-out war of the second intifada more than 20 years ago.

June 22, 2023

Israeli settlers rampage through Palestinian village after Hamas shooting

The violence occurred a day after four Israelis were killed by Hamas gunmen near an Israeli settlement.

June 21, 2023

4 Israelis killed by Palestinian gunmen as violence surges in West Bank

At least four Israelis were killed by Palestinian gunmen in the central West Bank on Tuesday, a day after an hours-long Israeli raid in Jenin.

June 20, 2023

Israel ramps up home demolitions to fight terrorism, but at what price?

Israel says home demolitions act as a deterrent, at a time when terrorist attacks are on the rise. Some experts say they only feed the cycle of violence.

June 14, 2023

Israel pivots to say Elon Musk attacks on George Soros now not antisemitic

The statement from the minister in Netanyahu's government comes just two days after the Foreign Ministry said Musk's tweet "reeked of antisemitism."

May 19, 2023

Israel and Islamic Jihad agree to cease-fire, ending five-day conflict

Israel and Islamic Jihad, the Gaza-based militant group, agreed to a cease-fire Saturday night, ending a five-day bout of violence that killed at least 35 people.

May 13, 2023