• Sam Sokol

Israeli Lawyer Takes Senior Role at Human Rights Watch

Sari Bashi is known for founding prominent rights group Gisha, which advocates freedom of movement for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and for her Haaretz column on raising children with her Palestinian husband

Sam Sokol May 2, 2022

Israeli human rights lawyer and Haaretz columnist Sari Bashi has been appointed as Human Rights Watch’s program director, taking charge of 16 divisions dealing with a range of human rights abuses across the globe.

A graduate of Yale Law School, the American-born Bashi is the founder of the Israeli human rights organization Gisha, which advocates for Palestinians’ freedom of movement, and has contributed a column for several years to Haaretz under the pen name “Umm Forat,” in which she describes her life as a Jew raising a family with her Palestinian husband in Ramallah. She started her career as a correspondent for the Associated Press in Jerusalem in 1998.


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