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Ruth Eglash
Ruth Eglash is a writer and journalist based in Jerusalem. She is currently a correspondent for The Washington Post covering Israel and the Palestinian territories.

She was previously Deputy Managing Editor and Social Media Editor at The Jerusalem Post, where she also reported on social welfare and cultural stories for the paper.

In the past, Ruth has also freelanced for USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, The Jewish Chronicle in London, The Jewish Week in New York, the Israel Press Service and the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, where she was Assistant Editor in the late 1990s.

Born and raised in London, England, Ruth spent three years at Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Media and History.

Entries by Ruth Eglash

Snow, With a Small Chance of Peace

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 1:28 PM

Children building snowmen and palm trees sprinkled with snowflakes were just some of the many pictures that filtered through my Facebook news feed last week when Jerusalem experienced its heaviest snowfall in more than 20 years.

As I clicked on photo after photo of the snow-covered holy city and its...

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Desert Oasis Brings Glimmer of Hope to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

(7) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 6:00 PM

At first glance, Ein Prat, one of the many natural and historic sites hidden in the northern Judean Desert, looks like any other picnic site around the world.

Large wooden tables and long benches are located strategically under shady trees on either side of a bubbling brook. Clusters of friends...

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Why Uri Blau's Indictment Should Worry Every Journalist in Israel

(223) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 3:45 PM

A few years ago I visited the Stasi Museum in Berlin. The tour through the once highly secretive and secure building of East Germany's Ministry for State Security was fascinating, even if a little hilarious.

Not only did the crude and sometimes obvious gadgets used for spying on citizens and...

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How Israel's Museums Are Harnessing Social Media to Share Their Wares

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 1:06 PM

Want to inject some culture or heritage into your life but don't have the time or inclination to visit a museum? Don't worry; the solution to finding such personal enrichment might be easier than you think.

Thanks to new technology, the simple click of a mouse can bring mounds of...

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New Association Gives Religion Journalism a Boost

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 12:46 PM

An international initiative has brought together journalists of all nationalities, faiths and beliefs in order to boost religion reporting.

It was only on the last night -- which happened to coincide with my birthday -- that the significance of what we had achieved truly dawned on me.

I was participating...

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Taking the Humor Out of the "Shit People Say... "

(23) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 9:20 AM

It is true that every fad has a natural life span and, of course, in this day and age the shelf life of a joke is even shorter than it used to be. However, what is really "shit" is when certain people purposely destroy the humor, twisting it in such...

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Virtual Arab-Israeli Peace Conference Offers Hope

(3) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 2:35 PM

Just days after long-time Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiators Yitzhak Molcho and Saeb Erekat clashed yet again at a meeting in Jordan, thousands of young people from across the Middle East gathered together online for an event which set a new standard for mutual understanding and partnership.

Conferences bringing together Jews and...

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Should Israel Make Paying for Sex a Criminal Offense?

(36) Comments | Posted February 4, 2012 | 12:00 PM

In just over a week, Israeli lawmakers will be faced with a tough decision: Whether to approve legislation that will make paying for sex or utilizing any other type of sexual service a criminal offense.

While there is no exact figures on how many people utilize the services of sex...

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Egyptian Interview With Gilad Shalit Was Ill-Timed but the Scoop Every Journalist Dreams Of

(33) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 2:24 PM

For most Israelis, the Egyptian state TV interview with Gilad Shalit just minutes after his release from Hamas was ill timed and harrowing.

Broadcast live around the world, including in Israel, the image of an emaciated, pale and confused young man will, collectively, be very hard to forget. It...

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Middle Eastern Students Learn That History Can Unite

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 11:40 AM

Within minutes of joining a mixed group of Jordanian and Maltese high school students learning about the importance of preserving cultural heritage for future generations, I realized that while historical narratives often serve to deepen conflicts, history in a general sense also has the ability to unite people.

The students...

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On the Other Side of Conflict: 'Palestinian Idol' is More Than Just a Singing Contest

(75) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 4:15 PM

"Are you crazy? Isn't it dangerous?" was the reaction I received from most people when I told them I was heading to Bethlehem one evening to meet and interview the talented young singers behind the wildly popular Palestinian reality TV show, New Star.

Similar in format to American Idol, New...

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Bringing Journalists Together Across Enemy Lines

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 2:24 PM

It's not by chance that we, a Jordanian journalist and an Israeli journalist, are posting this story together. Rather, thanks to the advances of modern technology and to the efforts of international organizations in harnessing that technology, namely the Internet, journalists worldwide have access to valuable sources -- and to...

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I Wish Those Who Boycott Israel Would Speak out for What They Believe in

(124) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 7:33 AM

Four years ago when musician Roger Waters performed in Israel, the famed Pink Floyd singer used his iconic status to speak up and speak out for what he believes are injustices committed by Israel against the Palestinian people.

Instead of performing in Israel's cultural heartland Tel Aviv, he changed...

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Why We Can't Write This Story

(8) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 10:47 AM

It was supposed to have been an exercise in cross-cultural reporting; to find a story that would cut across borders and highlight the common humanity shared by all nations and peoples.

As a Jordanian and an Israeli, we felt we were a logical pairing. There is no country geographically...

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