Sari Bashi is an Israeli and American human rights lawyer, expert in international humanitarian law and consultant for Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN). She writes and lectures on Israeli policy toward the occupied Palestinian territory and is currently working on a book about the movement for justice in Israel/Palestine. Sari co-founded Gisha, the leading Israeli 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 also served as Israel/Palestine country director at Human Rights Watch. Sari has taught international humanitarian law at Tel Aviv University and at Yale Law School, where she also served as the Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow. Prior to studying law, she worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press in Jerusalem. She is licensed in Israel and New York, earned her B.A. (summa cum laude) from Yale University and her J.D. from Yale Law School, and clerked on the Israeli Supreme Court. She is a marathon and ultra-marathon runner who holds the record for completing the longest race run by a woman in Israel (134 miles/216 kilometers).
Throughout the history of the occupation, Israel has initiated most of the legal and physical barriers that keep Palestinians out of so-called Israeli areas as “temporary” measures, often during emergencies, but never removed them.