Adi Ratjaka was born in Nablus and got a start in journalism after receiving a scholarship from the British Council to study at the prestigious Nazarene Media School in Nazareth. While at the school Ratjaka became head of the student newspaper, The Watcher, and was involved in student politics.
He got his first job at the North Yemeni Times where he was prepared to write many ‘cat up trees’ stories to prove his spurs only to find there weren’t many trees, or for that matter cats, in Yemen. Ratjaka’s first major scoop was to break the story on then President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s chronic flatulence, which was cited as a major influences for coup leaders ousting the dictator.
After the story broke Ratjaka was picked up by Agence France-Presse (who because they’re French will pretty much employ anyone). Ratjaka’s work with AFP has taken him to all corners of the Middle East and beyond, which is when he came to the notice of the team at The Israeli Daily who promised him a land of Xboxes and Le Creusset in order to bring his professional, journalistic traits to the team.