Tania Hary
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 in 2007, Tania worked on advocacy and fundraising initiatives for not-for-profit organizations promoting human rights and development. Tania is relied upon as a source of information and analysis on the situation in Gaza by diplomats, foreign offices and international organizations. She lectures regularly in the United States and Europe, and appeared before the Security Council in 2015.

tania@gisha.org  Executive Director

Beth Oppenheim

Beth holds an M.A. in English literature from the University of Cambridge. Before joining Gisha, Beth was a research fellow at a leading European think-tank, the Centre for European Reform, in London. Her writing focused on EU foreign policy in the Middle East, and she hosted the in-house podcast. She comments for print and broadcast media, including the BBC and Reuters. Beth has also worked as a senior researcher for the political historian Anthony Seldon, and as an advocate and caseworker at the Hackney Migrant Centre in London.

beth@gisha.org  Director of International Relations

Rebecca Lederkramer
Rebecca holds a B.S. in psychology and linguistics from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. During her time as a student, she was involved in student government and local organizations. She interned at New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center and taught at Temple Sinai New Orleans. Prior to joining Gisha, she worked as program coordinator for Encounter Programs.

rebecca.l@gisha.org  Resource Development Associate

Dor Chavoinik

Dor holds a B.S. in society and environment with an emphasis in environmental justice from the University of California, Berkeley. She has held a number of research positions working on the intersection of race, gender, engineering and environment in California and Israel/Palestine. While at UC Berkeley, Dor served as the manager of the Berkeley Bayit, a longstanding and independent Jewish cooperative home for students.

dor@gisha.org  Resource Development Assistant

Osnat Cohen-Lifshitz

Osnat received an LL.B from Hebrew University and an LL.M with honors from Tel Aviv University. She also holds a B.A. and an M.A. with with honors in the study of religion and art history from Hebrew University. During her studies, Osnat worked at the Office of the Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator in the Ministry of Justice. She interned at the Reform Center for Religion and State and then worked at the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants. Most recently, Osnat oversaw the work of Kav LaOved (the Workers’ Hotline) in the realm of social rights and directed the Migrant Rights Clinic at the Ramat Gan College of Law and Business. She also taught classes and seminars on Israeli immigration law at the college.

osnat@gisha.org  Director of the Legal Department

Moria Friedman Sharir
Holds a B.A. in anthropology and gender from the Yezreel Valley College. Graduated law school at the College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan, as a recipient of a scholarship for human rights activity. Moria has volunteered at Machsom Watch, Mesilah, Hoshen, and Worker’s Hotline, and is a graduate of HIAS’s Refugee Law Fellows Program. Moria began working at Gisha in 2010 as an administrative assistant and returned to the organization after a two-year break as a lawyer.

moria@gisha.org  Lawyer

Sigi Ben-Ari
Sigi received a B.A. in literature, an M.A. in African studies, and graduated from the law school at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before joining Gisha, Sigi worked as a lawyer at HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, assisting Palestinians in the occupied territories.

sigi@gisha.org  Lawyer

Muna Haddad
Muna received a B.A. in law and psychology from the University of Haifa, an M.A. in commercial law from the Tel Aviv University, and an M.A. in law specializing in human rights and gender from the American University Washington College of Law. Before joining Gisha, Muna worked at a private law firm, and then at Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

muna@gisha.org  Lawyer

Shadi Butthish
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.

shadi@gisha.org  Intake Coordinator

Souad Jammal
Souad received a B.A. in History and Middle East studies from the Hebrew University. Before joining Gisha she worked as the public intake manager at HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, assisting Palestinians in the occupied territories.

souad@gisha.org  Intake Coordinator

Sereen Ali

Received her B.A. in Arabic literature and language from Bar Ilan University. Sereen currently volunteers at Sahar – Online Mental Health Support, providing emotional support to people in distress via online chats. She has been active in youth and student movements, and during her academic studies, she led several initiatives and volunteer activities for Palestinians. Before joining Gisha, Sereen worked as a translator to and from Arabic.

sereen@gisha.org   Intake Coordinator

Sima Wattad

Social-political activist. Sima received her B.A. in sociology, anthropology and labor studies from Tel Aviv University, where she also worked as a research assistant. Before joining Gisha, Sima worked as a community manager, project leader, and counselor in a young business leadership program at Unistream. She also founded and managed the student association in Jatt.

sima@gisha.org  Intake Coordinator

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.

shai@gisha.org  Spokesperson

Miriam Marmur
Holds a B.A. in sociology, anthropology and art history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (with distinction), and an M.A. in social-cultural anthropology from Tel Aviv University (with distinction). Miriam has worked as a teaching assistant on qualitative research methodologies. As a student, she was involved in activism against racism and the occupation, and volunteered at the education department of the Rape Crisis Center in Jerusalem, where she also worked as the Finance and Administration Coordinator prior to joining Gisha.

miriam@gisha.org  International Media Coordinator

Fwaz El Haj

Holds a B.A. in sociology, anthropology and media studies from Tel Aviv University. Before joining Gisha, Fwaz interned with the marketing department at the Osem Company as part of the Aluma Interns Program and Tel Aviv University’s Center for Career Development. As a student, he also provided mentorship and support for first-year Palestinian students.

fwaz@gisha.org  New Media Coordinator

Noa Galili
Noa studied at the Department of History of the Middle East at Tel Aviv University. Before joining Gisha, Noa was a founding member and spokesperson of the nonprofit organization “Israeli Children”, advocating for migrant children’s rights, against detention and deportation. Noa served as Parliamentary Assistant for M.K Dr. Tzvia Greenfeld, as Director of Campaigns for the Geneva initiative, and volunteered in youth initiatives and various initiatives aimed to assist foreign migrants and asylum seekers in Israel.

noa@gisha.org  Public Advocacy Coordinator

Alaa Khater

Holds a LL.B. in law and economics from Haifa University and an M.A. in women’s and gender Studies from Tel Aviv University. Over the years, Alaa has volunteered with a variety of non-governmental organizations, especially in the Palestinian community. During his legal internship, he worked to promote the rights of people with disabilities. Before joining Gisha, he worked for four years as a lawyer at the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants.

alaa@gisha.org  Director of the Research Department

Halah Abdelhadi
Holds a B.A. in life and medical sciences from Tel Aviv University and is studying for an M.A. in literature, also at Tel Aviv University. Halah is a political and social activist. Before starting her work at Gisha, she worked as a group coordinator for youth at Sadaka-Reut Arab Jewish Youth Partnership.

halah@gisha.com  Research Coordinator

Jowana Jabara

Received her B.A. in clinical communication at the Jordan University of Science and Technology, an M.A. in guidance and counseling at the Hebrew University, and an M.A. in women and gender studies at Tel Aviv University. A political and feminist activist, Jowana has volunteered for feminist and human rights organizations. Prior to joining Gisha, Jowana worked at Muntada — The Arab Forum for Sexuality, Education and Health, and at the Halev 24/7 program for the treatment and prevention of sexual exploitation and trafficking of youth.

jowana@gisha.org  Research Coordinator

Mohammed Yousif Azaiza
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.

mohammedazaiza.gisha@gmail.com  Gaza Field Coordinator

Layla Hallaq

Layla holds a B.A. in English literature and musicology from Tel-Aviv University. As a student, she was involved in activism and worked to establish forums aimed at amplifying Palestinian students’ concerns, culture and identity. Prior to joining Gisha, she worked as a Psychometric instructor in courses designed to prepare students for the Psychometric exam.

Layla@gisha.org  Research Coordinator

Deva
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, Deva 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, he 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.

deva@gisha.org  Finance and Operations Director

Amiet Verly

A student of cyber studies at John Bryce – Training College and of psychology at the Hebrew University. Worked for two years at an anthroposophical rehabilitation community for people with special needs and people suffering psychosis. In his role there, Amit taught organic biodynamic farming and was a counselor for special needs patients.

amit@gisha.org  Office Manager