Dr.Munir Nussiebeh- Director of Community Action Center
Munir Nuseibah is a human rights lawyer and academic based in Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, Palestine. He is an assistant professor at Al-Quds University's faculty of law; the director (and co-founder) of Al-Quds Human Rights Clinic, the first accredited clinical legal education program in the Arab World; and the director of the Community Action Center in Jerusalem. He holds a B.A. degree in Law from Al-Quds University; an LL.M in International Legal Studies from the Washington College of Law of the American University in Washington DC and a PhD degree from the University of Westminster in London, UK, which he acquired after successfully defending his thesis entitled: Forced Displacement in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, International Law, and Transitional Justice.
Rana Shoman -Administrative Assistant & Communications Director
The Center’s location has been a plus for me because I was unfamiliar with this area of Jerusalem. Coming to work for the Center opened my eyes to a whole community of people in need of support and assistance, of which I was unaware. The Center’s target group is very wide and its “everyone is welcome” policy is welcomed by the community as witnessed by the influx of persons who walk through our door daily and seek our help. Joining forces with other professionals to help the people under occupation who are denied their basic rights and suffering speaks to me as a Palestinian.
Wesam Ghanayem- LL.B., LL.M in Law-Senior Lawyer
· Specializes in land and planning rights. Prepared petitions for the Israeli Supreme Court, and drafted other petitions and briefs
· Claiming in front of the Israeli planning authorities regarding the Regional Plans of Jerusalem .
· Drafted contracts, conducted legal research on a wide range of real estate law, administrative law and planning law issues.
· Representing clients in trial court proceedings and in front of governmental offices.
· Representing Palestinian residents in East Jerusalem facing house demolitions and evictions.
· Representing Palestinian residents in crucial case of land confiscation and house evictions in Jerusalem.
· Representing Palestinian residents in crucial case of house evictions in west bank
· Representing Palestinian residents in cases of settlement activities in East Jerusalem.
Representing Palestinian residents in Public Interest cases facing against governmental authorities such as the Authority of national Parks and the Authority of Antiques were property rights were violated by the authorities
Mohammad Shihabi – Lawyer – Legal Clinic
Having studied public law, at the Center I am involved in helping Palestinians with issues such as house demolition, family reunification, national security and other rights issues. My role extends to that of “social worker” at times when counseling is needed to give people moral support when they are confronted by what appears to be lost cases and to encourage them when they are faced with situations of despair in the form of summonses, petitions and legal actions all in a language incomprehensible to them. I also aim to raise the people’s awareness of their rights and make them take responsibility of their own legal case by better understanding the issues involved. The Center has created a unique environment whereby the public feel at ease with the staff particularly when dealing with the lawyers.
Iman Fattash- Legal Assistant and Trainee/B.A Law
Through our work at the Community action center as the legal unit we reach out and help the Jerusalemite community in order to gain their simplest right. The message I seek to deliver is the law should be devoted for the comfort and wellbeing of individuals under the familiar hardship of the Israeli occupation; also to utilize the Israeli laws to our own benefit. We should not succumb to the unjust laws and fight for our rights, in order to refute their laws we must be well informed in the current laws to have the lead hand while facing the Israeli occupation. In a nut shell this is what we aim for in our Community action center.
Abdullah Gazal -Student Volunteer Unit
As a social worker, my aim is to help the local Palestinian community be aware of their rights and entitlements, counsel them and assist with general enquiries and requests. I want to use the skills and qualifications I have acquired through my studies to serve the local population as best I can so that laws and rights are used to benefit all peoples equally regardless of race, gender, colour or religion.
Ilham Shaheen - Community Organizer
The Center is my first work experience after graduating and I accepted the job because of the opportunity to serve my community. I help the local Palestinian community overcome the daily problems they face short and long-term through the awareness of their rights, empowerment and participatory action and I also help promote and develop the community projects of the Center.
Training Coordinator - Women’s Empowerment Center
I am particularly keen to help change the reality of Palestinian women in Jerusalem so that they become aware of their rights be it in the social, political and economic contexts of their lives. I also hope to transfer the burden onto the women themselves to improve their circumstances by making them active participants and contributors in their community through enhanced knowledge of their rights and greater self-esteem. I have faith in the women and in their ability to strive for a more just, humane and happier life for themselves, their families and their people.