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Scholar and Columnist Professor Barry Rubin Passed Away at 64

Barry Rubin's was a rare voices of clarity in the Israeli academia and in Jewish media. He was one of the good guys.
Barry Rubin, 1950-2014

Barry Rubin, 1950-2014

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Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet: Professor Barry Rubin, one of the great intellectual defenders of Israel, passed away Monday morning. Our condolences to the family. Professor Rubin will be greatly missed by all of us at JewishPress.com.

His Facebook page carried this message:

To our great sadness, Barry Rubin passed away this morning. He was surrounded by his wife and children. Your love, support, and prayers have been greatly appreciated. There will be shiva and a funeral, details to follow soon.

Barry Rubin’s was a rare voices of clarity in the Israeli academia and in Jewish media. He was one of the good guys.

A native of the United States, Barry Rubin was director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA), and a professor at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. He was also editor of the journal Turkish Studies.

His latest book, Israel: An Introduction, has just been published by Yale University Press. Other recent books include The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan). He wrote regularly in his blog, Rubin Reports, which was regularly featured on the JewishPress.com website. He is also Middle East editor and columnist at PJMedia.

Barry Rubin described his professional life:

It’s like an iceberg. What you see is only a small portion of what goes on behind the scenes, including contacts with people all over the region, sometimes people whose lives would be in danger if it were known they were talking to me. As an Israeli, I often find it’s much easier to talk with Turks, Iranians and Arabs because we are on the same page – especially in private – about understanding the reality of the region compared to the fantasies often held in Western academic, media and governmental circles.

He is survived by his wife Judith Colp Rubin and their two children.

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34 Responses to “Scholar and Columnist Professor Barry Rubin Passed Away at 64”

  1. Wilhelm Hopp says:

    This is shocking news and a tremendous loss.

  2. Aryel Tsion says:

    Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet

  3. He was one of the GREAT ones!

  4. He was one of the GREAT ones!

  5. I'm really sad to hear… Z"L

  6. Daniel Katz says:

    …HaShem picked the wrong Barry. Baruch Dayan HaEmet

  7. H Fragman Abramson says:

    His wit and wisdom will be missed all over the world. May his family be comforted and his name be fir a blessing.

  8. Dexter Van Zile says:

    A terrible loss.

  9. Gil Gilman says:

    He will be sorely missed…may his name be for a blessing!

  10. Susn Cohen says:

    i am so sorry—his is a voice that needed to be heard…the jewish world lost a hero…

  11. I will miss his insightful, spot on analyses. A true loss to Israel.

  12. Paul Jeser says:

    One of the BEST! We will miss him. We will always remember him!

  13. Chaim Lauer says:

    His all too rare clarity of thought and honesty will be sorely missed. A great mind and a great soul.

  14. Ethan Perks says:

    I echo my friend Gil. He was a voice of reason in the blabosphere.

  15. you were a good man barry, you stood up for israel against the savages who seek our demise with intelligence and perspective, i was sad to hear this news, i enjoyed our occasional correspondences, thank you and rest in peace

  16. A very sad day for academia. One door closes, a window opens. Some things change for the good & some for the bad…but change is always there.
    Ken Blankstein-Ure
    CANADA

  17. Doris Wise Montrose says:

    Another great voice for Israel taken away from us too early. A tremendous loss for Israel and the Jewish people.

  18. Ivan Cohen says:

    What a great loss. A superb commentator who provided so many with realistic views on Israel, it's status in it's immediate neighborhood and in the world in general. I will miss his him.

  19. I feel as though I am losing a brilliant friend who articulated a clear and rational prospective to the Middle East. I knew I could always get the real story from Dr. Barry Rubin. And he answered my emails! I will miss his daily blogs. I looked forward to them every day.

  20. Gemma Blech says:

    a sad loss for all Israel

  21. Holly GoIightly says:

    RIP

  22. I am an avid reader of his columns and will miss his tremendous contribution greatly. I am very sad to hear this.

  23. May he rest in peace. A good man is gone too soon.

  24. Julie Kerem says:

    Yehi Zichro Baruch. I knew Barry since the 70s when we were in the Jewish student movement. He wrote some important studies on Turkey, Iran, Arab oil producing nations, and Muslim fundamentalism. he will be remebered and missed.
    Yitzchak Kerem, historian on Sephardic Jewry, the Ottoman Empire, and the Middle East

  25. I must state I know this man to be a great voice for Israel but I didn't know him well. I feel he will be greatly missed and 64 by today's standards is a young age to go. He would have had so much more to give to Israel and the world in general. May he be at peace alleviated of pain and shine eternally amidst the lights of the universe. His energy will endure.

  26. I shall miss his columns – he shone an honest light on all that is around us.BDE

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