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Virag Gulyas

Storytelling is my heroine.

New York City

Virag Gulyas

A former ballerina, today freelance writer, digital communications strategist and personal branding consultant. And storytelling is my heroine.

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Up Against 'The Wall'

The only difference between the Nazi and Arab boycotts and the BDS campaign is branding.
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BDS winning PR war by ‘influencer-marketing’

I once had a cultural crush on Roger Waters. Whatever music he produced impressed me. I grew up listening to his prominent album The Wall; I loved his songs with Pink Floyd and as a result felt I loved him as a person as well. And what do we do with the people we admire? We seek what they preach.
The Jerusalem Post Link to Story
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Palestinian Solidarity or The Illusion of Truth? Nakba Day at the UN

A week passed since the Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians. But maybe it’s better that I waited a week before penning how that day made me feel. The UN once again proved itself to be a tool and platform for featuring a false Palestinian identity, whose mission isn’t to build itself but to destroy Israel – and, frankly, with that to destroy even what they have today.
Israellycool Link to Story
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A Day in the UN: “Zionism is a Weapon of Mass Destruction”

The single question that keeps popping in my head as I’m sitting at the UN headquarters in New York City is: how did we end up here? How did the UN get so perverted that terrorists can take a seat on floors where my badge doesn’t even let me pass? How does this institution still have any legal legitimacy when it suggests that the only country that needs to improve in this whole world is Israel.
Israellycool Link to Story
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A Gun Pointed at the Palestinian’s Heads” – a Palestinian Historian Talks About Balfour

The ECOSOC Chamber of the United Nations Secretariat in New York pulled together a lecture on the Balfour Declaration and the impact it has had on the Palestinian people. Rashid Ismail Khalidi, the lecturer, is an American historian – or as he likes to call himself: a Palestinian American historian.
Israellycool Link to Story
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How Far Can I Go as a Non-Jewish Pro-Israel Voice?

When someone talks nonsense about my country, my first question is: are you Hungarian? The next one would be either: Have you lived there? Or, do you speak the language? These are interchangeable. But the first question is always the same. Of course, many would attack back saying that they read enough, they know enough, they visited the country enough, their grandmother was Hungarian, and so on.
Israellycool Link to Story
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What Hasidic Jewry and Ballet have in Common

A non-Jewish woman’s insights into the film “One of Us”, which follows three Hasidic Jews as they transition into the secular world. If there are two shows to choose from, I’ll always choose the one that has a connection to Israel or the Jews. Because “it is what it is” as Jerry Seinfeld said the other week when I went to see his show – I went mainly because he is Jewish.
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“All of You Hungarians are Anti-Semites”

He looked at me right in the eye. All I could read was resentment. But there was sadness, too. “All of you Hungarians are anti-Semites. It’s just in your blood." I stood there frozen in the large auditorium of The Museum of Jewish Heritage after an emotional hour honoring the Holocaust Remembrance Day while twenty pairs of eyes stared at me.
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A Hebrew in the Heartland – Girl Obsessed with Israel [audio]

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That Jewish man who made my grandfather a priest

I haven’t seen my grandfather for the last five years. But it wasn’t his fault. And it wasn’t my fault either. It was life and all its complexities around it. I moved away from Hungary for the second time. After a Russian boy, I partnered up with a Jewish boy. He saw my Russian boy once or twice.
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Will I ever be enough for you, Israel?

I am scrambling eggs on Shlomo Artzi. I am cutting tomato on Rita. I am rinsing the pasta on Avram Tal. Galgalatz is on full volume. (Even if sometimes I wonder who my neighbours are. Not really because of the volume. But because I am listening to Hebrew songs). Ah yes, I live in the heart of Brussels.
The Times of Israel Link to Story
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Can Artists Heal Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

To cut it short: I work for Artists 4 Israel, or rather work with them. But it’s not why I write about them. I write because they are on a mission, and I can’t be there. I write because what they do needs to be acknowledged. I write because you need to know they exist. It is exactly a year ago when I was searching for volunteering opportunities in New York, and for some unexplainable and odd reason, I wanted this opportunity to be related to Israel.
The Times of Israel Link to Story

About

Virag Gulyas

Virag is a former ballerina, today works as a freelance writer, digital communications strategist and personal branding consultant. She is also a loud pro-Israel advocate, the founder of Almost Jewish, a movement that aims to change the stereotypes about Israel and the Jewish people one day at a time. Studied creative writing and journalism at NYU, and currently a Judaism graduate student at Touro College in Manhattan.

Her works were published in English and Hungarian and she was featured on Thought Catalog, The Goodmen Project, The Culture Trip, The Jerusalem Post (printed and digital), The International Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, MIDA, Israellycool, Aish.com, Cafebabel, and other media outlets.

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Skills

  • Storytelling
  • Interviewing
  • Blogging
  • Creative Content
  • Personal Branding
  • Social Media Content Gen.
  • Video Editing
  • Investigative journalism
  • Reporting