Tania Hary
Tania Hary is the executive director of Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, an Israeli human rights organization which promotes the right to movement in the Palestinian territory, especially Gaza. Leading Israel’s only organization focused on Gaza, Tania is relied upon as a source of information and analysis on the situation in the Strip both at home and abroad. She appeared before the Security Council in 2015, 2019, and 2023. Prior to joining Gisha in 2007, Tania worked on advocacy initiatives for not-for-profit organizations promoting human rights and development. She received her B.A. in modern literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.A. in international affairs from the New School in New York. Tania was born in Haifa, raised in Los Angeles, and now resides in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

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Rebecca Metzer 
Originally from London, UK, Rebecca has previously worked on Breaking the Silence’s advocacy team and in resource development at Kayan Feminist Organization, a Palestinian feminist NGO based in Haifa. Back in the UK, she worked as a support worker at Jewish Women’s Aid, a domestic abuse organization. She holds a BA and an MPhil in Philosophy from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an MA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from Hebrew University.

[email protected] Director of International Relations

Ma’ayan Cohen 
Holds a B.A in English literature and an M.A in environment, development and policy from the University of Sussex. She worked for two and a half years as a Grants Officer for the London-based social and environmental sustainability charity, Groundwork London. Ma’ayan has been involved in labour and environmental activism. Outside of work, she has been running a community art workshop since 2016, exploring society, identity, and creativity through life drawing and writing. Prior to joining Gisha, Ma’ayan was a participant on the educational and participatory justice programme Achvat Amim through which she volunteered on various grassroots projects in the occupied Palestinian Territory. 

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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.

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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.

[email protected]  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.

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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.

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Elinor Kaminer Goldfainer

A research master’s degree student in law, Elinor holds a bachelor’s degree in law (with honors) and in the multidisciplinary program in the humanities (with high honors) from Tel Aviv University. During her studies, she worked as a pre-intern at the Yedin Elam law firm and as a research assistant at Tel Aviv University. Upon graduation, she specialized in the national public defender’s office and then worked as a lawyer in the Tel Aviv district of the public defender’s office and as a legal assistant to Judge Itai Harmelin. Elinor has also worked as a teaching assistant in a variety of courses at Tel Aviv University.

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Shadi Joubran 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

[email protected]  Spokesperson

Miriam Marmur

Holds a B.A. in sociology, anthropology and art history (with distinction) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A. in social-cultural anthropology (with distinction) from Tel Aviv University, where she also worked as a teaching assistant on qualitative research methodologies. As a student, Miriam was involved in activism against racism and the occupation and volunteered at the education department of the Rape Crisis Center in Jerusalem, where she worked as the finance and administration coordinator prior to joining Gisha in 2017. Before becoming director of public advocacy, Miriam worked for five years as Gisha’s international media coordinator.

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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, and volunteered in youth initiatives and various initiatives aimed to assist foreign migrants and asylum seekers in Israel.

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Ella Navot

Holds an M.A. in visual anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London. Aside from her work in Gisha, Ella currently teaches video editing skills at the schoolhouse, an evening school for adult African asylum seekers in Tel Aviv and is engaged in creative projects using moving images as a method for anthropological inquiry.    

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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.

[email protected]  Director of the Research Department

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.

[email protected]  Gaza Field Coordinator

Sasha Rotem

Has a diploma in translation; studied psychology and literature at the Open University. Before joining Gisha, she worked in translation and matriculation preparation for high school students. She was also the deputy manager of a bookstore and managed its English department.

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*This is an incomplete staff list.

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