Gisha Staff

  • Tania Hary
    Executive Director
    • Received her B.A. in modern literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.A. in international affairs, with a focus on socioeconomic development, from the New School in New York. Prior to joining Gisha, Tania worked on advocacy and fundraising initiatives for not-for-profit organizations promoting human rights in Iran, children’s rights in Argentina, and the rights of refugees. Tania regularly travels to the United States and Europe, giving lectures and presentations about access in Gaza. She is relied upon as a source of information and analysis by diplomats, foreign offices and international organizations and has been published in Haaretz, the Forward, Ma’an, and +972 Magazine.

  • Noam Rabinovich
    Director of International Relations
    • Received her B.A. degree in International Politics from City University London and completed her M.A. in Human Rights (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining Gisha, Noam worked as a Fundraising Manager at the New Israel Fund UK. Before that, she was an International Relations Associate at B’Tselem – the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.

  • Shifra Sered
    Development Coordinator
    • Shifra received her B.A. in Linguistics (Honors) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As a student she was involved in activism encouraging civic engagement and tackling gender inequality on campus. Upon graduation she completed a year as a national service volunteer in AmeriCorps (an American program committed to ending poverty) working at a community center in rural, Eastern North Carolina. Most recently she was an NIF/Shatil Social Justice Fellow where she worked for two Israeli-Palestinian grassroots organizations, Mahapach-Taghir and Sadaka-Reut.

  • Dr. Nomi Heger
    Director of the Legal Department
    • Completed her LL.B. (magna cum laude) at the Academic Center of Law and Business in Ramat Gan, with a focus on human rights. Received her M.A and PhD in Middle Eastern studies from Princeton University, and B.A (summa cum laude) in Arabic language and literature and English linguistics from Bar-Ilan University. Nomi has been lecturing since 1995 in the department of art history at Tel Aviv University, and previously clerked and worked as a lawyer at the office of Laski, Ben-Natan.

  • Michal Luft
    • BA in Law and International Relations with honors from the Hebrew University. During her studies, she worked as a research assistant and as a teacher’s assistant for the course “International Law” and participated in several student competitions on the subject of humanitarian international law. She undertook her legal internship at the legal department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later worked as a lawyer at the office of Shlomo Lacker, which specializes in human rights and administrative law. Michal is currently an LLM student as the Emile Zola Chair for Interdisciplinary Human Rights Dialogue at the College of Management.

  • Shadi Butthish
    Intake Coordinator
    • Has worked as a journalist, TV personality, producer and director since 1996. Shadi spent six years producing and editing a range of Israeli educational television programs. From 2007 to 2009, he worked as a reporter and researcher for several foreign TV networks, covering Palestinian society and the regional conflict. He also directed and produced several film presentations for institutions of higher education and other organizations.

  • Omnia Zoubi
    Intake Coordinator
    • Omnia holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Middle Eastern and African history from Tel Aviv University. Since graduating, she has completed practical training at a mental health center and worked as a therapeutic mentor for at-risk youth in Jaffa. Whilst at university, she participated in numerous student activities, volunteered in social projects targeting young people, and served as a personal tutor and student mentor.

  • Huda Abu Obeid
    Intake Coordinator
    • Holds a B.A in Middle East Studies and Gender. A founder and leader of Jama’atna – the Arab Student Forum at Ben Gurion University. Huda was a member of the Al-Hirak al-Shababi group, formed to resist the Prawer Plan in the Negev, while also working with Sidra organization to promote awareness about the Prawer Plan among Bedouin women. Huda has worked for Ajeec – the Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation, and the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality and the Center for the Study of European Politics and Society at Ben Gurion University. She spent a year volunteering in schools in unrecognized villages in the Negev.

  • Amir Rotem
    Director of the Public Department
    • A veteran of more than 20 years in the Israeli press, Amir has worked as both a writer and editor, including serving as editor-in-chief of Tel Aviv Magazine from the Yediot Tikshoret group, deputy editor of the weekly Ha’Ir (Schocken Group) and managing editor of supplements in Maariv. He also edited television programs and various feature segments, as well as books and scripts. In the last few years, Amir founded and edited the literary quarterly Masmerim.

  • Shai Grunberg
    • Formerly a magazine reporter for HaIr and other magazines, Shai mainly reported on a variety of socio-economic and political issues, including the challenges faced by Jaffa’s Palestinian residents and by migrant workers and refugees. She holds an M.A. in political communication from Tel Aviv University, and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in journalism from Westminster University, London. She has also worked as a teaching assistant for political science courses at Tel Aviv University and IDC Herzliya. Her thesis focused on increasing the possibility for entry by protest groups’ into Israel’s public discourse.

  • Elizabeth Tsurkov
    Public Advocacy Coordinator
    • Received a B.A. in communications and international relations at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and an M.A. in Middle Eastern studies at Tel Aviv University. Elizabeth is a research fellow on Syria with the Forum for Regional Thinking, part of the think tank Molad. Prior to joining Gisha, she was project director at the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants and continues to volunteer there.

  • Tal Gonen
    Public department assistant
    • Studying for a Bachelor’s in philosophy and life sciences at the Open University. She is a feminist activist and completed her civil service at Gisha. Has written in the past for local newspapers HaIr (The City) and Hachi Tel Aviv (So Tel Aviv).

  • Salah Mohsen
    Director of the Research Department
    • Salah received his B.A. degree in sociology and anthropology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and completed his M.A. in political science at Haifa University. Prior to joining Gisha, Salah worked as director of the media and public advocacy department in Adalah – the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, and as a parliamentary assistant to MK Dr Jamal Zahalka. Salah is an alum of the Leaders for Democracy program at New York’s Syracuse University and the Leadership Development Program at Columbia Business School.

  • Aya Zinatey
    Research coordinator
    • Received her B.A. in communications from the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yizreel. A feminist and social activist, active in the Forum of Palestinian Feminists of Lod and Ramle, Aya also completed training at the Rape Crisis Center of the organization Women Against Violence and has volunteered there for over two years. In addition, she received training in group facilitation on the subject of sexuality at the Arab Forum for Sexuality, Education and Health.

  • Aamer Ibraheem
    Information Coordinator
    • Received a B.S.W in social work from the University of Haifa. Currently completing an women’s and gender studies at Tel Aviv University. Aamer served for two years as an ambassador at the One Young World Forum in Switzerland representing issues specific to the Golan Heights region. He has worked with various organizations in Turkey, Holland, Denmark and Sweden in the fields of refugees, ethnicity, human rights and social media. Aamer currently volunteers at ASSIWAR – The Feminist Arab Movement in Support of Victims of Sexual Abuse.

  • Mohammed Yousif Azaiza
    Gaza Field Coordinator
    • Completed his studies in occupational therapy at Bethlehem University. Prior to joining Gisha, Mohammed worked for the Palestine Red Crescent Society’s ambulance services, as coordinator for the disaster management unit. He also worked with the United Nations Development Programme as Psychosocial Program Coordinator and with Mercy Corps as Emergency Program for Psychosocial Program for Children Coordinator.

  • David Alon
    Operations and Finance Director
    • Received his M.A. in political science from Bar Ilan University, where he specialized in comparative politics with an emphasis on theoretical approaches as they relate to new leftist political parties in Israel. Previously, David was a news editor on the IOL network for Haaretz. He also worked at the Steimatzky bookstore chain, where he managed projects for its computer information system. Recently, David worked for the City of Holon, starting as a manager for strategic planning and external relations, and afterwards as a manager for Internet projects and related information systems on behalf of Hachevra LeOtomatzia.

  • Sari Bashi
    • Sari Bashi is the co-founder of Gisha. Ms. Bashi served as executive director of Gisha from its foundation in 2005 until April 2014. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) from Yale University and a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. Ms. Bashi clerked on the Israeli Supreme Court for Justice Edmond Levi and is a licensed attorney in Israel and New York. She writes and lectures on international humanitarian law and Israeli policy toward Gaza. Ms. Bashi has received fellowships from Yale Law School and the Echoing Green Foundation for her work with Gisha and has taught international law at Tel Aviv University. She is also a marathon and ultra-marathon runner and is the only woman to have completed a 216 kilometer race in Israel. Prior to studying law, Ms. Bashi worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press in Jerusalem and conducted research on ethnic identity among Ethiopian immigrants to Israel as part of a Fulbright Scholarship.