What is it like to be a Jewish-Israeli advocate for justice while partnered to a Palestinian, raising a mixed Jewish-Palestinian family and living under occupation in the West Bank? How do you answer questions such as: “Mommy, why are we being stopped by a soldier?” Sari Bashi is an exceptional individual who will share her insights into life, politics and civil society in both Israel and Palestine, and her optimistic view of how to achieve justice and dignity for Palestinians and Israelis.
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Sari Bashi is a special advisor to Human Rights Watch and an expert in international humanitarian law. She lectures and writes on Israeli policy toward the occupied Palestinian territory and is the author of Maqluba: Upside Down Love (Hebrew), a love story transcending the complexities of the Israeli occupation.
Sari co-founded Gisha (an organization supported by the NIF global network), the leading human rights group promoting the right to freedom of movement for Palestinians in Gaza and served as Gisha’s executive director for nine years. She has also served as Research Director for Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN). Prior to studying law, she worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press in Jerusalem and was a Fullbright scholar there. Born in the United States to an American mother and an Iraqi-born Israeli father, she is a Yale graduate licensed to practice law in Israel and New York and has clerked on the Israeli Supreme Court. She is a marathon and ultra-marathon runner and author of the blog, “Bamba in Ramallah” www.ummforat.com.