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I’m an American freelance journalist based in California. Previously, I lived in Israel for five years and was a staff writer at Haaretz English Edition. I’m currently at work on a book about the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, also known as the Black Hebrews of Dimona.
I have a BA from Harvard University in African and African American Studies, and a MA from Tel Aviv University in Middle East and North African History.
The walls of Ahk Ahmeshadye’s house in the Village of Peace are covered with family photographs—black and white prints from the 1950s and ’60s, color prints from later decades, blurry candids, formal portraits, and a few collages, all framed and tacked up in something like chronological order. Step inside the front door and there, in […]Read More
“There were just so many surprises”: Reporter Joan Borsten on covering the African Hebrew Israelites from 1976-81
In the late 1970s and early ’80s, Joan Borsten was a young, jet-setting correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and The Los Angeles Times, filing human interest stories from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Near East. She spent one memorable day in June 1979 traveling around Egypt in a black Mercedes with that country’s formidable […]Read More