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.

  • 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.


  • Moran Gur
    • Moran received an LLB from the Hebrew University and an LLM, focusing on public law, from Tel Aviv University. She interned at the law offices of Smadar Ben Natan, whose practice focuses on human rights, criminal and administrative law. She then worked as a lawyer at the Tal Proshan law office, which focuses on immigration and status issues and in the administrative department of the office of Adv. Eliad Shraga, where she handled a variety of administrative litigation cases. In 2014, she opened her own practice, which focused mainly on legal status in Israel and asylum seekers. She is a graduate of the fellowship program offered by HIAS, an organization that provides assistance to asylum seekers in Israel, the IHL training program offered by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and the ICRC and the training program on the Istanbul Protocol on the investigation and documentation of torture offered by OHCHR and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel. She participated in the Israeli-Palestinian narrative project of the Palestinian Israeli Bereaved Families for Peace and the EU Peace for Partnership.

  • Michal Luft
    • Michal received her LLB in Law and International Relations with honors from the Hebrew University, and her LLM in Law, summa cum laude, from the College of Management through “Takana” program, specializing in human rights 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. She also works as a teacher’s assistant for the course “International Law” at the College of Management.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Shatha Shiekh Yousef
    Intake coordinator
    • A graduate of the Education and Arts B.A. program at the Kibbutzim College, Shatha trained in human rights, gender and feminist consciousness, and social organizing, as well as lead youth groups on Palestinian identity issues and youth leadership. She established a Palestinian student forum at the Kibbutzim College and led on-campus campaigns. She is a founding member of Manara, an association of academics from Taybeh. She volunteers at al-Suyar, an organization focused on supporting sexual assault victims and increasing gender and feminist consciousness and has also volunteered with a refugee rights organization in Greece.

  • 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, before joining Gisha, as the Financial and Administrative Coordinator. Miriam is currently studying for an M.A. in Political Sociology at Tel Aviv University, as well as working as a teaching assistant on the ‘qualitative research methods’ course.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Qamar Taha
    Research Coordinator
    • Received her B.A. in Sociology, Anthropology and Political Science from the University of Haifa, and is studying for an M.A. in Human Resource Management at Tel Aviv University. Holds a certification for group facilitation from University of Haifa, and a qualification in human resource recruitment from Kav Mashve. Qamar worked as a project coordinator for Baladna – Association for Arab Youth; coordinator of the young leadership project at Tishreen, in Taybeh; a group facilitator in workshops for children on prevention of sexual harassment through Women Against Violence, and; elementary school project manager at Hawakir. Qamar is a social and political activist with a feminist perspective. During her studies, she represented Arab students at the University of Haifa through the Arab Students’ Committee. She has certifications and qualifications in group facilitation on subjects such as human rights, Palestinian identity, young leadership, and the prevention of violence against women. She has facilitated activity for youth and young adults through Baladna – Association for Arab Youth, Women Against Violence, Kayan – Feminist Organization, The Arab Culture Association, and The Arab Association for Human Rights.

  • 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
    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, 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
    Administrative Assistant
    • 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.