Staff and Board

Adalah's Staff 2021




Dr. Hassan Jabareen, Advocate | Founder of Adalah and General Director


Hassan is the founder of Adalah. He has served as Adalah’s general and legal director since its establishment in 1996. He holds an LLB in Law and a BA in Philosophy from Tel Aviv University, an LLM in International Human Rights from American University Washington College of Law, and a PhD in Law from Hebrew University. Over the last 25 years, he has litigated scores of landmark constitutional law cases regarding Palestinian citizens of Israel, including the Palestinian leadership, and international humanitarian law cases concerning Palestinians in the 1967 Occupied Territory before the Israeli Supreme Court. Also, since 1998, he has been an adjunct lecturer for a course that he initiated on the legal status of the Arab minority in Israel and other law courses in the Faculties of Law at Tel Aviv, Hebrew, and Haifa Universities. He has received several awards for outstanding public interest lawyering and top human rights law prizes. He has also published several academic articles in edited books and law reviews on the citizenship status of the Palestinians. Hassan was a Yale World Fellow, a Senior Robina Law Fellow at Yale Law School, and a research fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin.

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Sawsan Zaher, Advocate | Deputy General Director 


Sawsan was appointed in November 2018 as Adalah's deputy general director. She is a senior lawyer and has been working with Adalah since 2005. Sawsan received an LL.B. from the College of Management, School of Law and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies with a focus on human rights and gender from the American University, Washington College of Law (U.S.). From 1998-2003, she managed a private law office specializing in civil law. Later, Sawsan established and directed the legal department in Kayan – Feminist Organization in Haifa.  Sawsan has also worked since 2007 as an academic assistant to Hassan Jabareen for a course on the legal status of the Arab minority in Israel. She is the recipient of several fellowships: Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum (2015); Yale World Fellow at Yale University (2013); Women in Public Service Project at Wellesley College (2012); and Public Interest Law Institute at Colombia University Law School (2008). In 2012, the Israeli Magazine The-Marker named Sawsan as one of the 40 promising people under the age of 40 in her field of expertise.







Fady Khoury, Advocate | Civil and Political Rights Unit


Fady began working at Adalah in 2009. As a law student at Haifa University, he participated in two legal clinics (The Legal Status of Arab Minority Rights in Israel Clinic and the Rights in Society Clinic), served as a TA and RA for several professors, and served on the review board and later as a deputy editor of the Haifa University legal journal “Law and Governance”. Fady received his LL.B. in 2011 and clerked for Justice Salim Joubran at the Israeli Supreme Court in 2012. He worked with Adalah as a law student, and later as an attorney from 2013. In 2015, Fady completed his LL.M. studies at Harvard Law School, and is currently in the process of completing his Doctorate in Law (SJD) at Harvard Law School.


Wesam Sharaf, Advocate | Civil and Political Rights Unit

Wesam received his LLB from Haifa University in March 2018, and started his legal internship at Adalah In march 2019. During his studies, Wesam participated in the Arab-Palestinian rights clinic in Haifa University, represented the university in the ICRC international law competition, and is working as a teaching and research assistant in international law at Haifa University. Since August 2017, Wesam is also working as an editor in "Kol Zchut" Arabic section. Wesam is also an activist in his home town in the Occupied Syrian Golan and will be a board member in Al-Marsad in 2020.

Maria Zahran Freedom of Protest Project Coordinator


Maria received her LL.B. from Haifa University and began working at Adalah in 2012, initially as a legal intern and an assistant to the general director & online fundraising coordinator.  In 2017, she became the coordinator of the Freedom of Protest Project.  Maria previously worked  as legal coordinator for the Working Group for Equality in Personal Status Issues and as coordinator of the Monitoring Department at Women Against Violence Organization. 





Suhad Bishara, Advocate | Director of the Land and Planning Rights Unit


Suhad is a senior lawyer with Adalah specializing in land and planning rights. She has worked with Adalah since 2001. From 1996-2001, she was a partner in a private law firm specializing in urban planning,  and served as a legal consultant to the Association of Forty, the Arab Steering Committee for Urban Planning in the Galilee Society, and the Hotline for Battered Women. Suhad is also a former Chairperson of the Committee for Educational Guidance for Arab Students and a founder of Kayan - A Feminist Organization. She received an LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1993, and an LL.M. in Public Service Law from New York University's School of Law (USA) in 2001. Suhad was the first Palestine & Law Fellow at Columbia University Law School (2014-2015). She is currently a PhD student at the King’s College School of Law in London.


Myssana Morany, Advocate | Land and Planning Rights Unit Coordinator


Myssana joined Adalah as a lawyer in 2014 and in 2019 she was appointed coordinator of the Land and Planning Rights Unit. Myssana received her LL.B (with honours) and LL.M from the Faculty of Law at Haifa University. As a student, she worked with the Haifa University legal journal “Law and Governance” (on the board of review in 2008, and as a vice-editor in 2010), as well as a writer with the student journal “Law Watch” (2010). She worked as an assistant to lecturers of several constitutional and administrative law courses in the Faculty of Law at Haifa University. Following her studies, she completed a legal apprenticeship in the legislation and legal advice unit in the Attorney General's Office in Jerusalem. 





Nareman Shehadeh-Zoabi, Advocate | Economic and Social Rights Unit


Nareman holds a LLB in Law and BA in Psychology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2014). During her academic studies, Nareman participated in the "Street Law" program; volunteered at the Israel National Council for the Child and at the Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Center. Nareman worked as an Arabic-language translator in the Jerusalem court system, and as a tour guide on behalf of the Center for Civics and Democracy Studies at the Israeli Supreme Court and the Knesset. Nareman completed her legal internship in the Haifa district criminal prosecutor's office and subsequently worked in the private sector. Nareman joined Adalah in 2018. Nareman is on materity leave November 2019 – August 2020.



Marwan Abu Frieh | Naqab Office Coordinator & Field Researcher


A social activist, Rahat resident Marwan joined Adalah in 2017. He studied law at the College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan and, in addition to his work at Adalah, he is a legal intern at a private law office in Be'er Sheva. He heads an alternative tourism initiative focused on educating visitors to the realities of life in the unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Naqab. In addition, Marwan studied business administration and was editor-in-chief at a local newspaper in the Naqab.





Mais Abdallah | Law Student


A third-year law student at Tel Aviv University, Mais also holds a bachelor`s degree in English literature and Ofakim (program for honors students) from Haifa University (2018). She worked as a research assistant to Prof. Ron Harris and Prof. Hila Shamir of Tel Aviv University and Dr. Sawsan Khir at the University of Haifa. She serves as a member of the Theoretical Inquiries in Law journal and part of the Workers` Rights Clinic at Tel Aviv University. Mais joined Adalah as a law student in June 2020.





Rina Rosenberg (Jabareen), Esq. | Co-Founder of Adalah and International Advocacy and Resource Development Director


Rina is a lawyer and a co-founder of Adalah. She is a member of the New York Bar. She has a BA in History from New York University (USA) and a Juris Doctor and LLM in Criminal Law from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC (USA). She also completed numerous classes in the MA Program in Holocaust Studies at Haifa University. Her work with Adalah includes research and advocacy before UN, EU and US bodies; extensive fundraising, donor relations, and financial management; outreach to the international media; writing and editing publications; and institutional development projects. Previously, she worked on resource development and international human rights advocacy with the Arab Association for Human Rights (HRA), the Galilee Society, and the Working Group on the Status of Palestinian Women in Israel. Prior to working in Israel, she worked as a public defender in NYC and as a clinical supervisor for law students with the Criminal Justice Clinic of Georgetown University Law Center in DC (USA). Rina was a Schell Fellow at Yale Law School in 2005-2006 and 2012-2014..


Katie Hesketh | Publications Coordinator and Resource Development Associate


Katie has worked for Adalah since 2008. Previously, she worked as a Public Policy Unit Assistant at the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD). She received an MSc in International Relations from the London School Economic and Political Science (2002) and a B.A. in Arabic and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from Durham University.


Ranna Khalil | Researcher and Resource Development Associate



Before joining Adalah in February 2020, Ranna worked for years as a TV news producer for international media outlets, including NBC News and the Associated Press TV News, reporting on current Israeli and Palestinian affairs, and for a year in Berlin, as a planning producer for an international video news agency, covering worldwide news with a focus on the MENA region. She has also worked with local human rights organizations. She received two fellowships: one for journalism from the Herbert Quandt-Stiftung within the framework of the Trialog der Kulturen to work in Germany, and the other from Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ranna received a B.A in Communications and Journalism and English, and an M.A in Communications and Journalism from the Hebrew University.  





Mati Milstein | Communications Director & International Media Coordinator


Mati joined the Adalah comms team in 2016. He has worked as a photojournalist and correspodent in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 1998, covering news and features for local and international media outlets. His work with diplomatic missions and NGOs brought him to the intersection of media, politics, and public relations. Mati has also published a non-fiction book on his experiences as a journalist in the region and has spoken at United Nations headquarters in Geneva about journalism in conflict zones. 


Nejmeh Hijazi | Arabic Communications Coordinator


Nejmeh joined Adalah's comms team staff as Arab coordinator in 2021, while completing her master's degree studies in strategic media and public relations at Haifa University. She received her BA in media and political science in 2015 from Bar Ilan University. Nejmeh has worked for human rights organizations for the past six years, including HaMoked – The Center for the Defense of the Individual and Yesh Din, in a variety of positions including Arabic media coordinator and field researcher in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. In addition, Nejmeh has worked as a freelance journalist for various media outlets, focusing on data journalism and investigative reporting. She has earned a number of professional certifications, including one from Al Jazeera Center in Qatar.


Ari Remez | Hebrew Communications Coordinator


Ari Remez joined Adalah’s comms team in November 2018, leading our press relations in Hebrew. Ari has published dozens of articles and op-eds in various media platforms on a wide range of political issues. He has a background in political activism, as well as experience as the media and campaign coordinator for “Shutafut-Sharakah”, a coalition of civil society organizations for a shared and equal society in Israel. Ari is also Just Vision's Outreach Associate in Israel, where he oversees screenings and programming related to documentary film, “Naila and the Uprising”.





Ghassan Kharouba | Finance Director


Ghassan received a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. and has worked with Adalah since 2008. Ghassan is a Certified Public Accountant and has run a private accounting business since 1994. He has extensive experience auditing financial reports for public institutions and providing financial consulting to NGOs. In addition to working at Adalah, he is a founding member of the Hewar Association for Alternative Education, in which he has served as a board member and chairperson of the financial committee since its establishment in 2001.


Fathiyya Hussein | Office Manager


Fathiyya received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary studies from Haifa University. She is a senior salaries accountant, and has worked with Adalah since 2000. Previously, she worked as an administrator for 10 years with Arab NGOs in Israel andas an executive secretary for a private lawyer specializing in human rights in Jerusalem. Fathiyya also received a certificate in Senior Management in Social Change Organizations from Haifa University, External Studies, Department for Business Management, and has attended several additional courses on NGO management.


Basheer Al-Saleh Accountant


Basheer graduated from Haifa University in 1991 with a B.A. in Economics and Accounting and has worked at Adalah since 2011. Previously, he worked for 15 years in a private account auditing office. He also manages accounts for the Association of The House of Music (Jamiyya Beit Al Musiqa) in Shufa 'Amer.



Shireen Zmorrod | Administrative Assistant


Shireen, a graduate of Al-Quds University with a degree in accounting, joined Adalah in 2016. She worked previously at Al-Quds Insurance Company as director of the accident claims department and at a Haifa insurance firm in the same capacity. In 2005, Shireen participated in an insurance training program at Tnufa College, as well as in numerous continuing education programs focused on insurance, accounting and project development.





Rabea Eghbariah | Civil and Political Rights Unit


Rabea is a 2016 graduate of Tel Aviv University's law school and also holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Haifa University (2012). During his studies, he worked at Adalah as a pre-legal intern and established the Arab Students Legal Forum at Tel Aviv University. During that same period, Rabea also served as deputy editor of Law, Society, and Culture journal and was a research and teaching assistance in constitutional and international law courses. Upon completing his studies, Rabea clerked in the national public defender's office and, upon receiving Israeli Bar Association certification, he continued working for the public defender in the Supreme Court cases department. Rabea joined Adalah in 2018 and works in the Civil and Political Rights Unit. Rabea is currently an LLM student at Harvard Law School 




Professor Mahmoud Yazbak | Chairman of the Board of Directors


Professor Yazbak teaches Middle East History in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Haifa University. Dr. Yazbak returned to Adalah's Board of Directors in January 2018, having previously served on the Board from 2006 and as the Chairman from 2008-2011. Dr. Yazbak also serves on the Finance Committee.




Khalid Dagash, Advocate


Mr. Dagash is a lawyer, notary public and political activist based in Haifa, specializing in social and labor rights, tort and real estate law. Mr. Dagash works on numerous projects with the Israel Bar Association. He joined Adalah's Board in 2015.






Dr. Rula Hardal


Dr. Hardal is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, head of the Social Work Department, Faculty of Arts, Al Quds University, Abu-Dis, East Jerusalem. She completed her PhD in Political Science from The Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. Dr. Hardal holds several positions within Palestinian and international institutions dealing with gender and political issues. She joined Adalah’s Board in February 2020.


Dr. Hala Khoury-Bisharat, Advocate


Dr. Khoury-Bisharat is a Dean at Ono Academic College, Faculty of Law based in Haifa and a lecturer in criminal procedure, evidence, public international law and international criminal law. She returned to the Board in January 2018, having previous served on the Board from 2007 and as the Chairperson from 2012-2014. Dr. Khoury-Bisharat serves on the Finance Committee.


Manhal Khoury, Advocate


Mr. Khoury is an attorney, and heads a private practice in Nazareth. He is specialized in tort law, banking, and civil law, and serves as an arbitrator in the Northern District Disciplinary Court of the Israel Bar Association. He received an LLM in law from Haifa University. He joined Adalah’s Board in February 2020.


Dr. Mansour Nasasra


Dr. Nasasra is lecturer in Middle East politics and international relations at the Department of Politics and Government, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.  He completed his Ph.D in the University of Exeter, and has taught at the University of Exeter, Plymouth University, and Hebrew University. He was a research fellow at the Council for British Research in the Levant and has been a recipient of British Academy grants. Nasasra is the author of The Naqab Bedouins: A Century of Politics and Resistance, Columbia University Press. He also is coeditor of The Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism: New Perspectives (2015). He also published a number of papers on the Islamic movement and Jerusalem, and the awqaf schools in East Jerusalem. He joined the Board of Adalah in January 2018.


Mr. Ziad Omari


Mr. Omari is a businessman and the director of the Rand Business Group for Education and Social Services. His business is specialized in management of more than 30 educational institutions for people with special needs and nursing homes. A partner in a real estate development company, he is the owner of the Ramada Nazareth hotel and the newly founded Arabic-language radio station, Radio Nas, broadcasting from Nazareth. He graduated with a master's degree in public health (MPH) from the Hadassah Medical Center, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He joined the Board of Adalah in February 2020.




Emad Jabarin


Mr. Jabareen is a specialist in organizational management and consulting. He is a founder and director of the Bisan – Institute for Marketing and Strategic Research based in Umm al-Fahem. He was elected to the Audit Control Committee in January 2018. 






Moayad Miari 


Mr. Miari is attorney and has managed a private law firm in Jerusalem since 2004 focusing on torts and human rights law. He began his professional career as a legal apprentice at Adalah.  He was elected to Audit Control Committee in January 2018.