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Tel Aviv University
[TAU, Law] Sari Bashi: It is infuriating that residents of Gaza are being deliberately reduced to recipients of humanitarian aid

Gisha Staff
Ms. Sari Bashi - Executive Director
Received a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) from Yale University and a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. Sari clerked on the Israeli Supreme Court for Justice Edmond Levi. She is a licensed attorney in Israel and New York and was awarded a year-long Robert L. Bernstein Human Rights fellowship from Yale Law School. Sari currently teaches a course in international law at Tel Aviv University. 
Completed her LL.B. (magna cum laude) at the Academic Center of Law and Business in Ramat Gan, with a focus on human rights. Received her M.A and PhD in Middle Eastern studies from Princeton University, and B.A (summa cum laude) in Arabic language and literature and English linguistics from Bar-Ilan University. Nomi has been lecturing since 1995 in the department of art history at Tel Aviv University.


Gisha Board


Kenneth Mann –

Chairperson of the board

Professor at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, where he directs the clinical program in legal assistance in the field of criminal law. Professor Mann served as Israel’s Chief Public Defender between 1996 and 2002 and was among the founders of Israel’s Public Defender’s Office. He has sat on a number of public committees addressing reforms in criminal procedure, sentencing, and police powers. His published work includes books and articles on international, criminal, and administrative law. Professor Mann runs a law firm that specializes in criminal and administrative law and serves on the board and reviewing board of the Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War. He holds a B.A., M.A., and J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in Philosophy from Yale University.
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian
Senior Lecturer of Criminology and Social Work at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Professor of Law and Women Studies at the UCLA-USA. She has received international recognition for her work on behalf of Palestinian women who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. She has also written extensively on the effects of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian women from a legal as well as psycho-social perspective. She is currently writing a book on Women, Occupation and Militarization in Palestinian Society. Dr. Shalhoub-Kevorkian serves on the board of various local Palestinian and Israeli organizations including the Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling in Jerusalem and the New Israel Fund.  She is currently involved with two main research projects: one studies the effect of occupation on Jerusalemite women, and the other is entitled: “Political violence, gender and deprivation of education in Palestine.”
Yishai Blank
Senior Lecturer at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, where he specializes in local government law, legal geography, educational law, globalization and global cities, jurisprudence and critical theories of law. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and the Department of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, and received his doctorate from Harvard Law School. Articles by Dr. Blank have been published in academic journals in Israel and abroad. Dr. Blank has also taught as a visiting professor at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain, as well as at the Italian branch of Monash University’s Law School. Dr. Blank is a board member of “Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights”.
Alaa Masarwa
Completed his LLB studies at the University of Tel Aviv, where his research included the legal implications of arresting wanted persons under the Oslo Accords. As a student, he worked for a law firm representing residents of the Occupied Territories suing the state in tort. He clerked for the Public Defender’s Office before receiving his license to practice law in 1999. He went on to work for the headquarters of the Public Defender’s Office until 2003, specializing in representation of arrested persons. He currently works for a Tel Aviv law firm in the field of criminal law and continues to take cases on behalf of the Public Defender’s Office, representing indigent criminal defendants and mentally ill persons before psychiatric review boards.
Dan Rabinowitz
Professor of Anthropology at Tel-Aviv University. Having earned his PhD in Social Anthropology at Cambridge, his scholarly books include Shakespeare in the Jungle (1987, an edited collection), Overlooking Nazareth (1997), Anthropology and the Palestinians (1998), Coffins on our Shoulders (2005), Mixed Towns, Trapped Communities (2007) and a forthcoming book on The Trans-Israel Highway. He is a regular contributor to Haaretz op-ed page, and Chairman of Life and Environment – the Umbrella Organization of Environmental NGO's in Israel.
Reviewing Board
Nidal Abd El Kader
Senior tax supervisor in the Division of Income and Land Tax, Netanya Assessment Office. He teaches and directs accounting studies at the Technological Center at Beit Berel College. In 2003, he was appointed by the Ministry of Interior to coordinate elections for the Tira municipality. Mr. Abd El Kader has also worked in the private sector in marketing and accounting. He received his B.A. in accounting and economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has recently begun studying law at the Academic Institute of Kiryat Ono.
Tally Kritzman
JSD student at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, where she has conducted research and served as a teaching assistant in the fields of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Women in Law, Welfare Law, Contracts, Family Law, and Commercial Papers. Her doctoral thesis focuses on international human rights law, particularly its treatment of foreign workers. She has been awarded a number of scholarships, including the university's president and rector's scholarship for excellent students. Prior to her admission to the Israeli Bar, Ms. Kritzman clerked for Israeli Supreme Court Justice Mishael Cheshin. She is engaged in volunteer work in the area of immigrant rights and welfare rights at Tel Aviv University's legal clinics, and she teaches a course in immigration law.

Palestine News Network
Gisha: Gazans Need Exports, Not Aid
05.07.11 - 15:07


It is economic stagnation rather than lack of food that is causing the residents misery. Israel's continued ban on exports, construction materials, and travel between Gaza and the West Bank contradicts the 2010 Israeli government decision to facilitate economic recovery in Gaza.
Gisha cites data from the Palestinian Federation of Industries at least 83% of Gaza's factories are either closed or working at a capacity of 50% or less. The Israeli ban on export cripples the manufacturing sector; not a single truck has been allowed to leave Gaza since May 12.
The extent to which Israel seeks a full restriction on Gaza is evidenced by the complete ban on goods destined for Israel and the West Bank; Gisha notes that prior to 2007, 85% of the goods leaving Gaza were sold to Israel and the West Bank.
Sari Bashi, Executive Director of Gisha, says it is infuriating that residents of Gaza are being deliberately reduced to recipients of humanitarian aid. "The problem in Gaza is not a shortage of food but rather a violation of the right to productive, dignified work. There is just one solution that will respect the rights of Gaza residents to freedom of movement and livelihood while protecting Israel's legitimate security interests: Israel must lift the ban on construction materials, exit of goods and travel between Gaza and the West Bank".
According to Mohammed Tilbani, owner of a sweets factory in Gaza: "The market for my goods in the West Bank is blocked, because of the restrictions on export, and local consumption is limited, because of the high unemployment. A factory that cannot sell its goods outside of Gaza is a factory that cannot prosper".

SOURCE: Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement

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