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

Israel and aid groups ready to aid Ukrainian Jewish community if war comes

Jerusalem is said to be preparing to receive immigrants, assist refugees or, in the worst case, fly them from danger.

February 13, 2022

Capitalism had Israel’s kibbutzim on the ropes. Then they discovered pot.

Dozens of these iconic communal farms have entered the rapidly emerging medical marijuana industry.

February 12, 2022

Israel’s spreading NSO scandal derails Netanyahu’s corruption trial

Police unlawfully hacked the phone of a key prosecution witness using Pegasus spyware, Israeli media reported.

February 8, 2022

Israeli military disciplines three officers in death of elderly Palestinian American

An investigation by the Israeli military concluded that the death of Omar Assad, 78, who was detained by troops last month, was a “grave and unfortunate event, resulting from a moral failure and poor decision-making on the part of the soldiers.”

February 1, 2022

Israelis were mostly unbothered about NSO’s spyware — until it was reportedly turned on them

The Israeli firm’s Pegasus surveillance technology is facing heightened scrutiny after a news report it was used by Israeli police.

January 26, 2022

Israeli police accused of using Pegasus spyware on domestic opponents of Netanyahu

Police have denied the allegations after an investigation by an Israeli news outlet found that the military-grade spy software is being used against the country’s citizens.

January 18, 2022

Painting outside the lines: Israel’s ultra-Orthodox women take their quiet revolution to art school

At the Jerusalem academy, students are encountering secular teachers and fine arts in new ways.

January 6, 2022

Israel begins trial of fourth coronavirus vaccine dose ahead of planned national campaign

The trial at Sheba Medical Center in central Israel involves 150 medical workers in what's believed to be the world's first trial of fourth Pfizer doses.

December 27, 2021

Booster shots crushed Israel’s delta wave. It’s betting a fourth dose will do the same to omicron.

Israeli health officials say they don't have time to wait for studies on the omicron variant before recommending another booster.

December 23, 2021

Israel says it will become first nation to offer fourth coronavirus vaccine dose: ‘The world will follow us’

Amid concerns about the omicron variant, citizens 60 and older and other at-risk groups will be eligible.

December 22, 2021