RAIA's work is the product of our staff, board, and our allies across Palestine, Israel and the US
Eran Efrati is an investigative researcher into the Israeli military and arms industry. He previously served as director of ICAHD-USA, and as a chief researcher of Breaking the Silence. He has worked with the International Criminal Court and participated in both independent and UN investigations into Israeli military operations. His investigative reports have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian, among others. He currently serves as a board member of Jewish Voice for Peace, and his research focuses on military and police partnerships between the United States and Israel.
Administrative Director & Research Coordinator
Zachariah Barghouti is a graduate student in International Relations at the American University in Washington, D.C. His studies focus on US foreign policy, international negotiation, and conflict resolution. Zachariah’s thesis comprehensively addresses the potential of a negotiated one-state model to overcome Israeli Zionist political ideology and colonization. He is based in New York and is currently an organizer with the Palestinian Youth Movement – USA Branch. His other organizing work includes Black-Palestinian solidarity, Third World internationalism, indigenous sovereignty, and security sector decolonization and transformation.
Board of Directors
Avital Aboody lives in her hometown of Los Angeles, where she is an active member of the local chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. Prior to moving back to LA this past year, Avital spent eight years working as an organizer and program manager with non-profit social justice organizations in Jerusalem, New York, and San Diego on issues such as ending the occupation of Palestine, affordable housing preservation, community economic development, transportation policy and planning, and the promotion of local arts and culture. She has an M.A in Urban Sustainability from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and a B.A in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Avital is also a certified mediator, currently volunteering with the L.A City Attorney’s Dispute Resolution Program.
Elyse Crystall, originally from Brooklyn, NY, is a long-time social justice activist and human rights advocate. She served as the Executive Director for ICAHD-USA from 2005-2012 and participated in ICAHD’s summer program in the West Bank in 2006 and 2011 rebuilding demolished Palestinian homes. Currently, she teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace -- Triangle NC.
Sydney Levy is a queer Latinx living in Oakland, CA. He is a co-coordinator of the caucus of Jews of color, Sephardic & Mizrahi Jews in solidarity with Palestine, and a steering committee member of both the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and the Global Jewish Network in Solidarity with Palestine. He has been an active support of campus and church divestment campaigns, as well as other BDS campaigns. He has previously worked on death row appeals, campaigns for media justice, and support for LGBT and HIV+ asylum seekers and migrants.
Sarah Schulman is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, and AIDS historian. She is the author of 18 books including ISRAEL/PALESTINE AND THE QUEER INTERNATIONAL (2012), and CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE (2017) which includes an analysis of the 2014 Israeli war on Gaza. Her honors and awards include a Fulbright in Judaic Studies. She is on the Advisory Board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and is Faculty Advisor to Students for Justice in Palestine at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island, where she is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities. She organized the US tour of Queer Palestinian leaders in 2009, and the first LGBT delegation to Palestine.