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Israel, Tracing Borders, February, 2003

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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.

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Reporter: Robin Shulman

Editor: Sara Miles

Additional Editing: Stephen Talbot, Doug Foster

Producer: Angela Morgenstern

Design: Fluent Studios, Creative Direction: Susan Harris; Intern: Joyce Yu

Associate Producers: Jessie Deeter, Sheraz Sadiq

Copyeditor: Joan Saunders

PBS Editor: Amanda Hirsch

Music: Traditional music arranged and performed by Eliot Bates. Visit 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 -- 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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