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.

  • Jessica Burnstein
    Director of International Relations
    • Holds a B.A. in Communications and Cultural Studies (with distinction) from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and a Juris Doctor (with a Certificate of Public International Law) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. Jessica has a variety of public sector and non-profit work experience, including as legal counsel for the Government of Ontario, Canada; in legal research and advocacy on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees in Israel and South Africa; and in resource development for various non-profits in Israel.

  • Rebecca Lederkramer
    Resource Development Coordinator
    • 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.

  • Osnat Cohen-Lifshitz
    Director of the Legal Department
    • 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.


  • 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.

  • Sigi Ben-Ari
    • Sigi received a B.A. in literature,an M.A. in African studies, and graduated from the law school atthe 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Souad Jammal
    Intake coordinator
    • 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.

  • 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.

  • Miriam Marmur
    International Media Coordinator
    • Received her B.A. in Sociology, Anthropology and Art History (with distinction) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 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 has worked as a teaching assistant on qualitative methodology courses in Tel Aviv University, where she is currently writing her M.A. thesis in Anthropology.

  • Noa Galili
    Public Advocacy Coordinator
    • 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 Geneva initiative and volunteered in youth initiatives and various initiatives aimed to assist foreign migrants and asylum seekers in Israel.

  • Maya Epsztajn
    New Media Coordinator
    • Holds an M.A. in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University (with distinction), and a B.A. in journalism and communications from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (with distinction). Before joining Gisha, Maya worked as a digital media reporter for TheMarker, as the Media Coordinator for the Public Committee against Torture in Israel, and also as the Media Coordinator for Combatants for Peace, an Israeli/Palestinian anti-occupation organization.

  • 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.

  • Halah Abdelhadi
    Research coordinator
    • 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.

  • 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.

  • Deva
    Finance and Operations 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, 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.

  • Ester Davida
    Office Manager
    • Born in Jaffa, where she lives to this day, Esther is an active member of her community, working to promote coexistence between Jewish and Arab residents, and to help children and families trapped in the cycle of poverty. Esther previously owned and managed several enterprises in the restaurant business. She holds a professional administrative management certificate.