About Neal Ungerleider

Neal Ungerleider is a New York-based journalist who has previously lived in the Middle East and reports on the region frequently. He has previously written for publications including Wired, Slate, Forbes Traveler and Mediabistro.


We Are All Converts: Reviewing Shlomo Sand’s “The Invention of the Jewish People”

By January 26, 2010

As these things go, Israeli and Jewish publications have been arguing furiously over a… history book. Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People alleges that a historical "Jewish people" does not exist and that the bulk of Jewry today … Read More

Israeli Politicians Would Like Their Pastries Back

By January 12, 2010

Israel’s top politicians are up in arms after the catering for cabinet meetings was switched for healthy cuisine. Starting this week, pastries and cakes were removed from the menu at daily conferences: Government ministers were shocked last Sunday to discover … Read More

Yes, Al-Qaeda Has A Magazine

By November 4, 2009

Terrorist organizations have to spread their ideology somehow. Enter the strange, fascinating world of… al-Qaeda’s magazines. For the past few years, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has published the magazines Sada al-Malahim (The Echo of Battle) and Sada al-Jihad (The … Read More

When Rockets Hit Your Home

By January 7, 2009

I was going to write a post about how American students and expats in Beersheva were dealing with being under rocket attack. But apparently, a Grad landed behind my apartment complex a few hours ago. It makes me happy that I … Read More

Life in the Tel Aviv Bubble

By January 5, 2009

During wartime, the cognitive dissonance in Israel is overwhelming. I’m typing this piece from the safety and comfort of Tel Aviv, where I went after my neighborhood was struck by rockets. There’s a bloody and terrible war happening an hour’s drive from … Read More