Israel, Tracing Borders, February, 2003
FRONTLINE/World sent Robin Shulman, the first FRONTLINE/World
Fellow, to Israel to explore the shifting frontiers
of a country without established borders. She watched the construction
of the Seam Line Project, a massive security fence intended
to separate Israelis and Palestinians, and journeyed from the
boundaries of the West Bank to Lebanon to Jerusalem to Gaza.
She traced the many official and unofficial lines that connect
and separate people in a country where borders -- contested
and actual, historical and changing -- are everywhere. Shulman
is currently a graduate student working on a joint Master's
degree in Journalism and Middle East studies at the University
of California, Berkeley.
Reporter: Robin Shulman
Editor: Sara Miles
Additional Editing: Stephen Talbot, Doug Foster
Producer: Angela Morgenstern
Studios, Creative Direction: Susan Harris; Intern: Joyce
Associate Producers: Jessie Deeter, Sheraz Sadiq
Copyeditor: Joan Saunders
PBS Editor: Amanda Hirsch
Music: Traditional music arranged and performed by
Eliot Bates. Visit Musiq.com
for more information about his work.
Audio Mix: Lyssa Mudd
Photography: Unless otherwise indicated, all photographs by Robin Shulman. Photo of Shulman by Susan Latham.
Fellows Logo Design: Leighton Woodhouse
Special Thanks to the UC
Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
"What is it like to live on the border in a country without
borders --or whose borders are everywhere?"
As the first "Frontline/World" Fellow, U.C. Berkeley
journalism student Robin Shulman spent 10 days this fall trying
to find out.
The results of her investigation are posted on the "Frontline"
[World] Web site -- www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/fellows/israel/.
Shulman was the first ever fellow in this program, which allows
younger journalists to investigate a project of their choice
for a multimedia piece that appears on the award-winning news
program's Web site.
First-person writing is encouraged, as is investigating a topic
that isn't well-covered by the mainstream media.
For Shulman, it was a chance to revisit a region where she has
worked before. From 1998 to 2000, she worked as a freelance
writer and did some radio reporting while living in the mixed
Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor. She also worked on the English
edition of Ha'aretz.
As Shulman writes, the wall is not a border, since borders must
be negotiated and agreed upon by both sides. Israel is putting
an estimated $1 million per mile to construct a massive concrete
wall, with electronic sensors that will be impossible to penetrate.
---The Jewish Bulletin of Northern California
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