Steering Committee


Dr. Rawia Aburabia 

Faculty member of Sapir Academic College’s School of Law, received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research deals with the interface between law, gender, minorities, and human rights. Has published in leading journals on the subject of the matrimonial laws pertaining to Muslim women in Israel. Her book Under the Law, Outside Justice: Polygamy, Gendered Citizenship, and Colonialism in Israeli Law is expected to be published as part of the Gender Series of Kibbutz Meuhad Publishing House.

Dr. Aburabia has extensive experience in international human rights and public law. She has worked as a jurist for the Association for Civil Right and has been invited as a specialist to address such international forums as the United Nations and the European Parliament on the subject of indigenous communities and minority rights. She has interned with Human Rights Watch in Washington DC, and has been a member of the executive board of Amnesty International. In 2018, she was selected by the magazine Globes as one of the 40 most promising young persons in Israel under the age of 40.


Dr. Sarai Aharoni

Sarai is a senior lecturer and researcher in Ben Gurion-University of the Negev’s gender studies program. Her research deals with gender, feminism, and international relations with a focus on the impact of wars and violent conflicts on the lives and status of women and on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. 

In recent years, Sarai has been chronicling the history of women’s movements, feminist organizations, and mechanisms for promoting gender equality in Israel since 1970 and, together with the feminist archive at Isha Le’isha-Haifa Feminist Center, has been working on the collection, documentation, and accessibility of community archives of feminist, peace, and human rights organizations.

Dr. Raghda Alnabilsy

Dr. Raghda Alnabilsy

lecturer at the Ruppin Academic Center in the Department of Social Work and in charge of students from the Arab society in the student dean’s office. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from Tel Aviv University and a doctorate from the School of Social Work at the Hebrew University.

Expert and researcher on violence against Arab women, young women and girls in Israel, women from different ethnic groups and in the socio-cultural and socio-political context. Researches and promotes a topic: adaptation and success of students from Arab society in higher education, young people from the periphery with multiple margins and their integration in post-secondary education. Research on racism and sexism in civil society, women’s organizations in Israel and the education system in Israel. Studies published in two books in three languages published by “My Sister”.
Dr. Alnabulsi has published in international journals on violence against young women victims of violence.


Dr. Revital Amiran

Revital Amiran received her PhD in political science from the Hebrew University and was a post-graduate fellow in the Jewish Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a columnist for the Ma’ariv daily and a fellow at Derech, the Berl Katzenelson Foundation’s think-andengage outreach program. Amiran was Deputy Director of Shaharit, a think tank for new Israeli politics; a member of the Minister of Finance’s committee for the examination of criteria for tax allowances in the third sector; and the author of key chapters for the Ministry of Education’s high school civics textbooks. She serves on a number of public committees.


Prof. Faisal Azaiza

Prof. Faisal Azaiza is Dean of the Faculty for Social Welfare and Health Sciences at the University of Haifa and former head of its School of Social Work. He was Mayor of his hometown, Daburriya, in northern Israel and later served as Deputy Chair of the Planning and Budget Committee of the Council for Higher Education in Israel. Azaiza was head of the Directorate for the Association of Community Centers in Israel 2001-2003 and head of the Directorate for the Arab Israeli Bank from 2007-2015. From 2002-2009, he served as head of the Jewish-Arab Center at the University of Haifa. Azaiza received his MSW and Ph.D. from the Baerwald School of Social Work and the School of Public Health at the Hebrew University and holds a post-doctorate from the London School of Economics.


Prof. Élie Barnavi

Ambassador (Ret.) Élie Barnavi is an Israeli historian and diplomat who served as the Israeli ambassador to France between 2000 and 2002. Barnavi has authored 15 books on France and Europe in the turmoil of the Religious Wars and on the contemporary history of Israel and of the Jewish people. He has published numerous studies in professional journals in Europe, the United States, and Canada, as well as political articles in the Israeli and European press. Barnavi is a member of the Peace Now movement and the Meretz party. In 2010, he helped create JCall, a nonprofit European organization that advocates for the two-state solution.

Susie Becher

Susie Becher

Susie Becher was born in Canada and graduated from McGill University. She was an Editor and later Local Manager of the open source center at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv from 1984 to 2018. Becher was a founding member of the Shahar Movement led by former Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin. After the Shahar-Meretz merger, she was elected to and continues to serve on the Meretz General Assembly and its National Executive. She serves on the General Assembly of the Macro Center for Political Economics and is a member of the Policy Working Group, which engages in international advocacy to achieve a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Becher is Managing Editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal, an Israeli-Palestinian publication that addresses critical issues from the perspective of both sides.


Daniel Ben Simon

Daniel Ben Simon is a lecturer and author who has published five books on Israeli society. He was elected to the Knesset on behalf of the Labor Party in 2009 and served as a Member of Knesset for four years. Prior to his political career, Ben Simon worked as a journalist for the Israeli Davar and Haaretz dailies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the University of Haifa and a Master’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Ben Simon is the recipient of the Sokolov Prize for journalism.

Dr. Roman Bronfman

Roman Bronfman is a Ukrainian-born Israeli politician. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 1986 to 1993, he was a lecturer at the Hebrew University and the University of Haifa. In the 1990s, he was a journalist for the Russian-language newspaper Aleph and for Ma’ariv, and an announcer on the Voice of Israel. In 1993, he became head of the Haifa Municipality Absorption Authority and continues to hold that post. Bronfman served on the Haifa City Council and was Deputy Chair of the Zionist Forum. He was elected to the Knesset in 1996 as a member of Yisrael B’Aliyah and later as a member of the Democratic Choice before joining Meretz in 2003.


Prof. Naomi Chazan

Prof. Naomi Chazan is a professor emerita of political science and African studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Together with Prof. Hanna Herzog, she established the Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere (WIPS) at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in 2009, where she has been a research fellow since. Naomi Chazan holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She served as chair of the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was a visiting professor of Government at Harvard University and the University of Chicago, a research fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard, and a research fellow at the Center for International Studies at MIT. Prof. Chazan served as a Member of the Knesset for three terms (1992-2003) on behalf of the Meretz party. She was Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and a member of numerous committees: Foreign Affairs and Defense, Education, Economics, Immigration and Absorption, and the Advancement of the Status of Women. Naomi Chazan was one of the founders of the Israel Women’s Network and is also active in a variety of women’s, human rights, and peace organizations. She served as the President of the New Israel Fund (2009-2012) and is a member of its international board. She has written and edited many books on comparative politics and has published numerous articles on African politics, the Israeli-Arab conflict, politics in Israel, and the status of women.

Prof. Nihaya Daoud

Prof. Nihaya Daoud

Professor of Public Health at the Department of Public Health, Founder and Director of the Center for Health Promotion and Health Equity. Previous Director of the Ethics Review Board. Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.  Research Interest: Health inequalities, Health policy, Discrimination, Health promotion of minority groups. Women’s health and violence against women and health.

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Dr. Michal Evron Yaniv

Graduated English  and literature studies.

In her doctoral thesis (political science) she examined the causes of civil wars and then specialized in the study of the elements of the construction and collapse of states. 

Was a member of the teaching dtaff in the University of Haifa.

Was commentator on international affairs for “Haaretz” newspaper.

Between 1996-2009 she worked in senior research positions at Mosad.

After retiring from this job, she moved to the culinary world and worked for seven years with Chef Haim Cohen at “Jaffa-Tel Aviv” restaurant.








Prof. Galia Golan

Prof. Galia Golan (Darwin Professor Emerita) was Chair of the Hebrew University Political Science Department and founded its Lafer Center for Women’s Studies. She is a member of the Board of the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Studies and of the National Executive of Meretz. She was a founding leader of Peace Now and of the Jerusalem Link, an Israeli-Palestinian women’s peace venture, and is a leading member of Combatants for Peace. She received the International Studies Association 2019 Distinguished Scholar/Activist Award and 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award in Peace Studies; the 2007 Israel Political Science Association Award for Lifetime Achievement; the 1999 Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award; and the 1995 New Israel Fund Award for Women in Leadership.


Prof. Aeyal Gross

Prof. Aeyal Gross is a professor of law at Tel Aviv University. He holds an LL.M. from Harvard University and a human rights diploma from the Academy of European Law at European University Institute in Florence. He is a member of the Board of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel; a member of the Forum for Migrant Workers in Israel; a founder of Gisha, which works to defend freedom of movement for Palestinians; and an adviser to Physicians for Human Rights, B’Tselem, and other human rights NGOs. He serves on the Board of the Concord Institute at the College of Management and is Vice President and cofounder of the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association. Gross is a legal commentator for Haaretz.

Dr. Meital Pinto

Meital is a senior lecturer at Zefat Academic College’s School of Law and Ono Academic College’s Faculty of Law.

Holds a bachelor’s degree in law and government from Reichman University in Herzliya, a master’s degree and a doctorate in law from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, where she researched minority rights as reflected in political theories of multiculturalism and equality.

As a postdoctoral fellow, she worked at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Minerva Center for Human Rights. She is a member of the executive committee of the Israeli Association for Public Law, and in the past served as its secretary general. Dr. Pinto is an expert in constitutional and administrative law, the philosophy of law, and the relationship between gender and law.

Her articles, which have been published in leading journals in Israel and the world, deal with legal conflicts that arise in multicultural countries with regard to discrimination, language rights, emotional injury, freedom of religion, and the rights of minorities within minorities.

Alon Pinkas

Alon has served as Israel’s consul general in New York, political adviser to two foreign ministers (Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak), and bureau chief of two foreign ministers (David Levy and Shlomo Ben-Ami). Holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington. Pinkas is an international relations consultant for business companies and has been a consultant for several political campaigns in the United States.


Prof. Uriel Procaccia

Prof. Uriel Procaccia teaches corporate law and securities regulation at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. His scientific methodology combines economic analysis of law with insights from the inter-discipline of law and culture. He is the author of numerous books and articles in his fields of expertise. Prof. Procaccia is also active in the promotion and defense of civil liberties in Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territories.


Prof. Frances Raday

Professor Emeritus in the Lieberman Chair in Labor Law, in the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University and serves as a full professor in the College of Management’s academic track, where she also serves as chair of the graduate program and as honorary president of the Concord Center for International Law Absorption. Radai was a member of a working group of the UN Human Rights Council on discrimination against women. In addition, she is a prominent and feminist human rights activist.


Dr. Maha Sabbah Karkabi


Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tel Aviv University (2015), a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London (2015-2016), a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Sociology at Tel Aviv University (2016-2017), and a postdoctoral fellowship Ph.D. at the Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2018-2020).
Dr. Maha Karbahi’s areas of interest focus on the connection between social change, family behavior, and gender inequality in societies in the process of change and specifically in Palestinian Arab society in Israel. Her research draws attention to the study of family life and employment, using a combined “ethnic lens” and “gender lens” and paying attention to the perspective of Palestinian Arab women, a group characterized by intersections between multiple marginal locations, which over the years has remained hidden from the research eye. Dr. Karkabi-Sabah’s research is published in professional journals and chapters in scientific books that are considered pioneers in family research, work, and gender equality.


Prof. Amit Schejter

Amit M. Schejter is professor of communication studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev currently serving as president of Oranim College. He is also a visiting professor at Penn State University where he serves as co-director of the Institute for Information Policy. His research focuses on the relationship between media and justice. He is the author or editor of 7 books and more than 70 journal articles, law reviews and book chapters published in five languages and is founding co-editor of the Journal of Information Policy. Professor Schejter serves on the boards of various civil society organizations focusing on human rights and Arab-Jewish coexistence; has held senior executive positions in the media and telecommunications industry in Israel; served on and chaired a variety of public committees; and counseled media and telecommunication entities in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Prof. Adam Shenar

 Adam is an associate professor at Reichman University’s Harry Radziner School of Law. Holds a doctorate (S.J.D) from Harvard Law School, an LL.M. from Harvard University, and LL.B. (summa cum laude) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Prof. Shenar interned with former Supreme Court President Aharon Barak, and worked as a lawyer for several human rights organizations in Israel and India. He specializes in constitutional law and comparative constitutional law, and his areas of interest include administrative law, the history of law, and political philosophy. Prof. Shenar’s research deals with diverse topics, including civil servants’ compliance with the law, judicial review, constitutional interpretation, reforms in the public sector, constitutional rights in the Occupied Territories, freedom of expression, and the history of censorship in Israel.

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Ksenia Svetlova

Ksenia Svetlova is an Israeli journalist, associate professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and policy fellow at Mitivm, the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies. She served as a Member of Knesset for the Zionist Union between 2015 and 2019. Svetlova studied Islamic and Middle Eastern history at the Hebrew University, earning a BA and MA, and is a doctoral candidate in Middle Eastern studies. During her term in the Knesset she served on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the Aliyah and Absorption Committee, and headed three parliamentary caucuses.

 Dr. Manal Totry-Jubran

With a doctorate in law, Manal is a senior lecturer at Bar-Ilan University’s Faculty of Law, social activist on minority rights, and a member of the Forum of Lecturers for Democracy. She is the recipient of the Gorni Prize for young researchers of public law, the Spitzer Prize, and the 2017 Tsegala Prize for outstanding article of the year. In 2018, she made the Calcalist-Bank Hapoalim’s list of 10 promising young trailblazers in Arab society under the age of 40. She is co-director of the program for mentoring and empowerment of Arab students at Bar-Ilan University’s Faculty of Law, and an expert in the fields of law and society, law and environs, planning and construction, local government, multiculturalism, and minority rights.


Prof. Yossi Yonah

Prof. Yossi Yonah was a Member of Knesset for the Zionist Union from 2015 to 2019. He served on several Knesset committees, including economics, reform, and education. Before entering politics, he was a civil society activist and an adviser to the Israeli social protests of 2011. Yonah was a senior research fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem (1998-2012) where he headed various research groups. He holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught political philosophy and philosophy of education in the Department of Education, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and headed its Teacher Training Program. Yonah has published extensively on topics pertaining to moral and political philosophy, philosophy of education, and multiculturalism.


Ron Kessler

With over two decades of experience in the field of digital content, Ron has participated in numerous political and social campaigns. He helped run the digital activity of senior public officials, and worked in various NGOs. Ron is a fundamentally optimistic man, who believes that Israel can be changed and so can people. Lives in Tel Aviv.