Daniel Estrin Daniel Estrin is NPR's international correspondent in Jerusalem.
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Daniel Estrin

Daniel Estrin
Daniel Estrin
Daniel Estrin

Daniel Estrin

International Correspondent, Jerusalem

Daniel Estrin is NPR's international correspondent in Jerusalem.

Since joining NPR in 2017, he has reported from Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. He has chronicled the Trump administration's policies that have shaped the region, and told stories of everyday life for Israelis and Palestinians. He has also uncovered tales of ancient manuscripts, secret agents and forbidden travel.

He and his team were awarded an Edward R. Murrow award for a 2019 report challenging the U.S. military's account about its raid against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Estrin has reported from the Middle East for over a decade, including seven years with the Associated Press. His reporting has taken him to Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Russia and Ukraine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic, PRI's The World and other media.

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Saturday

Palestinians holding foreign passports collect their luggage as they prepare to cross to Egypt from the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing on Feb. 6. Abed Rahim Khatib/dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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What does it take to flee Gaza? Thousands of dollars, paid to an Egyptian broker

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Friday

Some Gazans are paying tens of thousands of dollars to escape with their families

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Thursday

Left: NPR producer Anas Baba reports in Rafah, southern Gaza, after an Israeli strike hit the area on Oct. 17, 2023. Right: NPR's Jerusalem correspondent Daniel Estrin reports in Sderot, Israel on Oct. 11, 2023. Anas Baba/NPR and Tanya Habjouqa for NPR hide caption

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Wednesday

Ibrahim Hassouna, known by his nickname Kazanova, stands in the graveyard in Rafah, Gaza, where he buried his parents, brother and other family members killed Feb. 12 by Israeli airstrikes. Anas Baba/NPR hide caption

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An Instagram Influencer Struggling to Show the Positive Side of Life in Gaza

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Monday

2 initiatives in Gaza are on a collision course: possible cease-fire, Rafah offensive

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Saturday

Ibrahim Hassouna, 30, a Gaza social media influencer known as Kazanova, has the phrase "my mom" tattooed on his wrist in Arabic. Most of his family was killed in a Feb. 12 Israeli military operation to rescue hostages. Anas Baba/NPR hide caption

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A Gaza influencer built a following with feel-good videos. Now he mourns his family

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Friday

A Gaza influencer who posted feel-good videos is now processing losing his family

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Friday

Israeli troops have taken over a Gaza hospital as potential operation in Rafah looms

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Friday

Some Gazans More Openly Angry Towards Hamas

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Thursday

Displaced Palestinians flee from Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Jan. 30. Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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In Gaza, anger grows at Hamas along with fury at Israel

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Wednesday

Gazans are becoming more openly angry with Hamas for the war's toll on civilians

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Monday

What is left of the Omari Mosque. It was Gaza's oldest Muslim house of worship and previously a Crusader church. The Israeli army said it bombed the mosque to target militants and a tunnel shaft inside. Omar El Qattaa for NPR hide caption

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A Tour of Gaza's Ancient Sites, Now Lost to War

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Sunday

What is left of Pasha's Palace amid Israel's bombardment of Gaza. Historians of Gaza say Napoleon slept there for three nights in 1799. Omar El Qattaa for NPR hide caption

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A requiem for Gaza's iconic sites, destroyed in the war

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Thursday

Radio Ajyal producer Mohammed Daher listens to a caller during a weekly radio program in which Palestinians send messages to their relatives in Israeli prisons. Maya Levin for NPR hide caption

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Reaching hostages and prisoners, through Israeli and Palestinian radio

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Monday

Israeli and Palestinian radio stations broadcast messages for locked up loved ones

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Shira Sheffi from Israel's Army Radio interviews Yosi Shnaider, a relative of Kfir Bibas, who was taken hostage along with his brother and parents on October 7, during an event to mark Kfir's first birthday as he is being held in captivity by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, in Tel Aviv, Israel, January 18, 2024. Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters hide caption

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Deal is in the works to release Israeli hostages and for a pause in fighting in Gaza

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Thursday

A group of mothers seeking an end to the war between Israel and Gaza meet for the first time in Tel Aviv, Israel, on December 29, 2023. Tamir Kalifa for NPR hide caption

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Anti-War Movement in Israel Includes Mothers of Israeli Soldiers

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Wednesday

In Israel, anger at Netanyahu is getting louder

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Saturday

Michal Brody-Bareket attends a rally in Jerusalem on Dec. 29 calling for a cease-fire and release of the hostages held in Gaza. She is a longtime activist whose son is a soldier deployed in Gaza and founded The Mothers' Cry, a group of mothers of soldiers and other concerned Israelis calling to end the Gaza war. Tamir Kalifa for NPR hide caption

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Israel's anti-war movement includes mothers of soldiers serving in Gaza

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Friday

In Israel talks, U.S. reaffirms demands for Middle East's future — to little success

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Thursday

Mothers of IDF soldiers protest to bring troops home

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Sunday

Ilan Troen, a Brandeis University professor emeritus, at his home in Omer, Israel. His daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Shlomi Mathias, were killed in the Hamas attack on Oct. 7, 2023. Tamir Kalifa for NPR hide caption

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What a bereaved father, a historian of Israel, believes after 100 days of war

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Thursday

Udi Goren is among the families and supporters of Israelis held in Gaza who are protesting outside Israel's military headquarters, demanding that Israel change its war strategy. Daniel Estrin/NPR hide caption

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Israelis are increasingly questioning what war in Gaza can achieve

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