Staff and Board

Adalah's Staff 2017

 

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

 

CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS UNIT

 

Hassan Jabareen, Advocate | Founder of Adalah and General Director, Director of the Civil and Political Rights Unit

 

Hassan is the founder of Adalah. He has served as Adalah’s General and Legal Director since its establishment in 1996. He has 25 years of experience in litigating scores of landmark constitutional law cases before the Israeli Supreme Court on issues of discrimination, political rights, land rights, and economic and social rights on behalf of Palestinian citizens of Israel as well as humanitarian cases involving the protection of Palestinian civilians living under occupation in the OPT. He is an Adjunct Lecturer for a course that he initiated on the legal status of the Arab minority in Israel in the Faculties of Law at Tel Aviv, Hebrew, and Haifa Universities since 1998. 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 in 2005-2006 and a Senior Robina Law Fellow at Yale Law School in 2012-2014; and a research fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in 2015-2016.

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Mohammad Bassam,  Advocate | Civil and Political Rights Unit

 

Mohammad began his work at Adalah in 2012 as a legal trainee, then as a legal apprentice, and then as a lawyer in 2015. He received an LL.B. and a B.A. in Political Science from Tel Aviv University. During his studies, he worked as a personal advisor to students of law and as a research assistant in the Department of Political Science. He was also active in a number of projects of the Student Union aimed at promoting student welfare. 

 

 

 

 

Muna Haddad, Advocate | Civil and Political Rights Unit

 

Muna began working with Adalah in 2014 as an LL.M. fellow. She received an LL.B. and a B.A. in Psychology from Haifa University. She also holds an LL.M. in Commercial Law from the Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies with a focus on human rights and gender from the American University Washington College of Law (US). Previously, Muna worked as a lawyer in a private office in Haifa, which specializes in civil litigation and tort law.  Muna completed her legal apprenticeship in the Northern District Attorney's Office – Civil Division. 

 

Fady Khoury | 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 worked with the Haifa University legal journal “Law and Governance” (on the review board in 2008-2009 and as deputy editor in 2009-2010). Fady received his LL.B. in 2011 and clerked for Justice Salim Joubran at the Israeli Supreme Court in 2012. Upon passing the Israeli bar exam in 2013, he returned to Adalah as an attorney in the Civil and Political Rights Unit. 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.

 

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. She previously worked for two years as legal coordinator for the Working Group for Equality in Personal Status Issues. She also serves as director of the Monitoring Department at Women Against Violence Organization. 
 
 

 

 

LAND AND PLANNING RIGHTS UNIT

 

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 Colombia University Law School (2014-2015).

 

Myssana Morany, Advocate | Land and Planning Rights Unit

 

Myssana joined Adalah in 2014, following her legal apprenticeship in the legislation and legal advice unit in the Attorney General's Office in Jerusalem. Myssana received her LL.B 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 “Legal Lighting” (2010). Since 2009, she has been working as an assistant to lecturers of several constitutional and administrative law courses in the Faculty of Law at Haifa University.

 

 

 

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS UNIT

 

Sawsan Zaher, Advocate | Director of the Economic and Social Rights Unit

 

Sawsan is a senior lawyer with Adalah specializing in economic and social rights. She has worked with Adalah since 2005. She 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 (US). 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 as an academic assistant to Hassan Jabareen for the course on legal status of the Arab minority in Israel since 2007. Sawsan 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.

 

Marwan Abu Frieh | Naqab Coordinator

 

Social activist and law student at the College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan, Rahat-resident Marwan joined Adalah in 2017. He has launched an alternative tourism initiative focused on educating visitors to the realities of life in the unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Naqab (Negev) region. In addition, Marwan is also editor of the Arab News newspaper in the Naqab.

 

Lubna Tuma | Legal Intern

 

A legal intern at Adalah, Lubna holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and an LL.B. from the University of Haifa. She worked as a geriatric social worker during her law studies. Lubna has volunteered with Baladna – Association for Arab Youth’s youth leadership program and in the "Freedom of Movement" project. She is also a member of a joint Adalah-Baladna project focusing on freedom of speech.

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL ADVOCACY DEPARTMENT

 

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

 

Rina is a lawyer and a co-founder of Adalah. She is a member of the New York Bar. 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

 

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.

 

 

Amjad Iraqi | Projects & International Advocacy Coordinator

 

Amjad joined Adalah in 2012. He is from the town of Tira, and has lived in Israel, Kenya and Canada. Amjad has an Hon. B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto, and previously worked with academic and policy institutes in Toronto and Geneva. He is currently a Board Member of 7amleh - The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement, and a Board Member of +972 Magazine. Amjad is also a writer on +972 Magazine and has published articles in the London Review of Books, Le Monde Diplomatique, the Huffington Post, and others, on topics concerning Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.

 

Soheir Asaad | Legal Researcher & Coordinator of The Nakba and the Law project
 
Soheir started work at  Adalah in 2012 as an intern and returned in 2017 as legal researcher and The Nakba and the Law project coordinator. She is a lawyer and has an LL.M. from the Center for Civil & Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame (US), with a focus on international human rights law. Soheir also holds an LL.B. from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is a Fulbright scholar and, with a scholarship from Notre Dame's Center for Civil & Human Rights, worked as a research fellow at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies in Tunisia. Soheir has also worked previously as parliamentary advisor to Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi, focusing on the civil rights of Palestinian women citizens of Israel. 

 

 

MEDIA DEPARTMENT

 

Tom Mehager | Director, Media Department

 

Tom has been working with Adalah since September 2013. He received a B.A. in Film and Television and an M.A. in Political Science from Tel Aviv University. Since 2005, Tom worked in a number of civil society organizations in Israel, including HaMoked, Center for the Defense of the Individual, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Kav LaOved: Worker's Hotline, and the Abraham Fund. Tom served as a board member of Kav LaOved from 2010 to 2012.

 

 

Mati Milstein | International Media Coordinator

 

Mati joined the Adalah media team in 2016. He has worked as a news photographer and journalist 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. 

 

 

 

FINANCE AND ADMINSTRATION

 

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.

 

 

Eman Elakmalat | Naqab Secretary

 

Eman joined Adalah in 2014, working as a secretary in the Naqab office. She is completing a degree in psychology and also studied photography and cinema in Sapir College. Eman is also an activist and volunteer in various women’s and social projects in the Naqab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nadia Ben-Youssef | Director, Adalah Justice Project

 

Nadia Ben-Youssef is a lawyer and human rights advocate. She has worked with Adalah since 2010, coordinating international advocacy on behalf of the Bedouin community in the Naqab, and then serving as Adalah's first U.S.A. Representative from 2014-2016. As an outgrowth of her work in the U.S., the Adalah Justice Project (AJP) was launched in February 2017 as a fiscally-sponsored project of the Tides Center. Adalah will partner with AJP in the U.S. on public education and awareness-raising initiatives seeking to influence American policy and practice on Israel/Palestine. Much of her work in the U.S. has focused on building a transnational movement against supremacy and state-sanctioned violence together with cause lawyers, community organizers, and artists across diverse movements for social justice. Nadia is a member of the New York State Bar, and holds a B.A. in Sociology from Princeton University, and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - 2017

 

Hussein Abu Hussein, Advocate | Chairman

 

Mr. Abu Hussein has worked as a lawyer since 1976 on a range of issues related to human rights violations against Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and against Palestinians in Israel, such as land confiscation, discrimination, and political prisoners. One recent major case was his representation of the Corrie family in their compensation case against the State of Israel for the killing of their daughter, activist Rachel Corrie, in Gaza. In 1988, he founded, with others, the Arab Association for Human Rights, and later other groups for political prisoners’ rights. He has been a member of the Umm El-Fahem Municipality, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ittijah: The Union of Arab Community-Based Associations. He is also the author, with Fiona McKay, of the book “Access Denied: Palestinian Access to Land in Israel.” Mr. Abu Hussein joined the Board of Adalah in 2011, and became the Chairman in 2014.


Dr. Eman Abu Hanna-Nahhas

 

Dr. Abu Hanna-Nahhas is the Head of the Department of Education at the Teacher's College in Haifa. She wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on the subject of, "The transfer of the collective memory of the plight of the Palestinians inside and outside the country", and received her doctorate from the Faculty of Education at Tel Aviv University. She joined Adalah's board in 2014.

 

 

Odeh Bisharat

 

Mr. Bisharat is a journalist and a frequent contributor to Ha’aretz and Al-Ittihad newspapers. He has also published a heavily covered and resonant book in Hebrew titled “חוצות זתוניא” or "Zatunya's Courtyards". He has served as president of the University Student Committee at Haifa University, has been active in Jewish-Arab groups, and has edited the youth magazine “Al-Ghad”. In 2000, he was also the Secretary/General of Jabha/Hadash, the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality. He joined Adalah’s Board in 2011.

 

Abed Alaziz Ibraheem, Advocate and CPA

 

Mr. Ibraheem is a lawyer and a certified public accountant. He holds a B.A. in Accounting and an LL.B. from Tel-Aviv University. He has worked as an accountant and an associate attorney in several large law offices and accounting and consulting firms. Currently Mr. Ibraheem manages a private law office in Haifa, which specializes in commercial, tax and administrative law. He joined the Board of Adalah in 2014.

 

Nasim Shaqr, Advocate

 

Mr. Shaqr is a lawyer and an independent notary based in Jaffa-Tel Aviv. He received his LL.B. from Tel Aviv University. He is a social activist and one of the founders of Arrabita Association for Jaffa and he served as its Chairman of the Board of Directors for 10 years. He is also a former member of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality. Mr. Shaqr is also a former member of the Central Committee and the General Council of the Israel Bar Association. He joined Adalah's board in 2014.

 

Salma Wakim, Advocate

 

Ms. Wakim is a lawyer, who received an LL.B. from the Hebrew University. She manages a private law office in Nahariya that specializes in compensation and traffic law cases. She is a member of the General Assembly of the Arab Association for Human Rights. Ms. Wakim previously worked in the disciplinary tribunal of the Israel Bar Association. In 2008, she was awarded the Women in Law Prize at the annual lawyers' conference. She is also an activist in women's organizations against violence. Ms. Wakim joined Adalah's Board in 2010.

 

Khalid Dagash, Advocate

 

A political activist, lawyer, and notary public, Haifa-resident Mr. Dagash holds a law degree from Tel Aviv University (1993), and was a master's degree student at Hebrew University (2003-2004). He specializes in social and labor rights, tort and real estate law. Mr. Dagash served for years as a member of the disciplinary court of the Israel Bar Association. He is currently a member of Mitwali Waqf Istiqlal in Haifa and is active in issues relating to the expropriation of absentee-landowner properties and holy sites in Haifa and Acre. Mr. Dagash works on various projects with the Israel Bar Association.

 

 

 

AUDIT CONTROL COMMITTEE

 

Dr. Hala Khoury-Bisharat, Advocate

 

Dr. Khoury-Bisharat is a lecturer in criminal procedure, evidence, public international law and international criminal law at Carmel Academic Centre in Haifa. She was an adjunct lecturer in international criminal law in the Faculties of Law at Haifa University, Tel Aviv University, and at the College of Management from 2005-2010. Dr. Khoury-Bisharat received an LL.B. and LL.M. from the Faculty of Law at Hebrew University, and a D.Phil. from the Oxford University.  Previously she worked as a staff attorney with HaMoked, as an attorney in a private law firm specialized in medical malpractice, and as an editor of Adalah's Review. She served on Adalah's Board from 2007 and as the Chairperson of the Board from 2012-2014.

 

Professor Mahmoud Yazbak

 

Professor Yazbak teaches Middle East History in the Faculty of Humanities at Haifa University, specializing in the social and political history of 19th and 20th century Palestine; historiography of Israel/Palestine; and Palestinian women. He received a B.A. in General and Middle East History and an M.A. in Middle East History from Haifa University, a Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from Hebrew University, and a post-doctorate degree from Oxford University. He is a former spokesperson of the Committee for the Bereaved Families of the October 2000 events. Dr. Yazbak served on Adalah’s Board from 2006 and as the Chairperson of the Board from 2008-2011.