Leora Bechor


residency rights of PalestiniansA graduate of New York University School of Law, Leora specializes in the residency rights of Palestinians from East Jerusalem and the rights of migrant workers in Israel. She began her legal career as a civil rights and housing attorney at Housing Works, Inc. in New York City. After moving to Israel, she clerked at the National Office of the Public Defender and the Ministry of Justice – Department of International Affairs. She went on to serve as staff attorney in three of Israel’s leading human rights organizations – HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual; the Israel Religious Action Center – Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism; and Kav LaOved – Worker’s Hotline. Leora also served as legal counsel for the Coalition Against Racism in Israel and played an active role in founding the Tag Meir Coalition.
Leora served on the Board of Directors of Women of the Wall and volunteers as a legal advisor with Koach La Ovdim – Democratic Workers’ Organization.
Leora received her B.A. cum laude in Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York and is admitted to practice in Israel and New York.

Yotam Ben-Hillel


residency rights of PalestiniansAttorney Yotam Ben-Hillel graduated from Tel Aviv University Law School in 2003. He has devoted his career to human rights in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories including the residency rights of Palestinians . Yotam worked for six years at Hamoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual as an attorney and as the director of the legal department. Yotam also worked at the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), an international humanitarian organization.

Yotam has extensive experience in the fields of administrative law, constitutional law and public humanitarian law. During his tenure at Hamoked, he litigated numerous petitions before the High Court of Justice and in administrative courts, focusing on the legal status of residency rights of Palestinians of East Jerusalem, family unification and child registration.

Yotam is also an experienced researcher and has provided legal expert opinions in the area of human rights and international humanitarian law.

Avital Sharon


A graduate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law, Avital was admitted to practice in 2006.  Avital interned at the Jerusalem Office of the Public Defender and at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (“ACRI”).  She clerked at the Economic Department of the Israel State Attorney’s Office and worked in the fields of immigration and women’s rights in California. Avital served as staff attorney in the legal department of “Shomrei Mishpat – Rabbis for Human Rights,” where she advocated for the protection of human rights in Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territories, focusing on property rights, access to private lands, planning and house demolitions. Avital has extensive experience in administrative law, constitutional law and public international law. She has litigated complex human rights cases before the Israeli High Court of Justice, civil courts and military tribunals and has written reports and legal opinions for international NGOs.  Many of her cases have attracted broad international attention, including the petition of Palestinian residents of the village of Susya regarding their land rights.