All I want for my birthday is a job… That is all!

Pick a CV any CV…


Heba Issa Social Media

Heba Issa Journalist

Heba Issa, Researcher

Heba Issa, Director

Heba Issa Human Rights CV (1)

Heba Issa Program Coordinator CV

Heba Issa Events, CV

Heba Issa, Editor CV

Heba Issa Producer CV

Heba Issa Writer CV


Heba Issa Education_CV

If you could have any job, what would you want to do/be?


If I could be or do anything- the shallow part of me wants to be paid for doing nothing. Like reality TV-esque.  But I don’t think the intellectual part of my brain would ever forgive myself.

I love writing: fiction, nonfiction and academic. I’d love to be able to make a living off of writing. I also love fashion and could see myself being happy styling pretty outfits. I’m passionate about human rights and humanitarian issues, so working in nonprofit would be amazing as well. I’ve given great thought to working or opening up a orphanage. I’ve also thought a great deal about opening up my own school. I’d love to be a full-time researcher. Or maybe a TV comedy writer! I’m constantly thinking of ways to merge together my interests. That’d be the dream.

Off topic slightly, I wonder if I could become a professional TV or movie extra. That could be fun. You know what else would be fun, working with animals. I love animals. Had I been good at math and science, I could see myself as a marine biologist or veterinarian.

Truth is, I want to do it all. I’m inspired by the world around me and want to experience it all.

Human Rights Newsletter

Gratitude blog available here where you can leave comments

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming

gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

I am so grateful for all that is happening in resistance to the incredible

odds and repression practiced by the elites in power. While some may get

activism or compassion “fatigue” , there are literally millions of people

deciding to leave their apathy behind and put their hands with other people

to work.  Our tiny little small part of the world (Palestine now an

apartheid sate called a “Jewish state”) has become a major center of global

activism. This centrality can be due to many factors:

1.Religious centrality to three main religions, one of which was hijacked

for political purposes locally in the past (Christianity –> Crusaderism),

the other hijacked in the past 150 years and is still strongly hijacked

(Judaism –>Zionism) and the other more recently and in nearby areas

beginning to be hijacked (Islam –> Isis and Wahhabism).

2. Nowhere else on earth is Western government hypocrisy more evident than

in Palestine. While the western leaders speak of democracy and human

rights, they support an apartheid racist “Jewish state” that engaged and

engages in racism, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing

(so far 7 million of us Palestinians are refugees or displaced people).

Thus, this is the Achilles heel of Western propaganda.

3. The 12 million Palestinians in the world, most refugees and others

squeezed into bantustans have been remarkably peaceful and tolerant and had

a long history of popular resistance for the past 130 years that provided a

stellar example to the world (see my 2012 book “Popular Resistance in

Palestine: A history of hope and empowerment”).

4. Israeli citizens and the global community are increasingly joining hands

with us to demand justice as the only road to peace.

5. More and more people realize that peace in the “Middle East” (Western

Asia) and around the world is dependent on peace for Palestine. Zionism

with its (sometimes dominant, sometimes subservient) twin US imperialism

are and have been most destructive forces in causing global conflict.

But what really gives us optimism daily are the people we interact with.

Students at the universities who see the importance of knowledge (power)

and come to school with enthusiasm even in the face of suppression of their

movement. Farmers that work hard in their fields even as land and water are

being taken from them by the occupiers. Unarmed young demonstrators showing

bravery in challenging the heavily armed Israeli forces (who occasionally

murder them). Thousands of political prisoners and “administrative

detainees” who resist the prisoners (one on hunger strike is close to

death). Activists who sometimes sacrifice comforts to be with us.

Organizers of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activities around the

world who refuse to be silenced by illegal measures their governments try

to impose on them to suppress free speech. Volunteers at our activities

from refugee camp youth centers like Al-Rowwad to our Institute of

Biodiversity and Sustainability ( ).

Sometimes small actions make us retain our sanity and gives joy and meaning

to our lives. Just this past week:

– A small village of Izbet al-Tabib managed to gather 300 demonstrators

protesting the illegal confiscation of land and resources to serve settlers.

-We saved a cattle egret (bird with long legs and beak from the heron

group) which had been shot and with a macerated wing. We did an operation

that saved its life (unfortunately the wing had to be amputated).

-We released a fox that was drowning in a water treatment pool in the

Bethlehem garbage dump site.

– My tourism class did an exercise to help in a local tourism promotion


-We noted several species of butterflies in our botanic garden already and

the flowers of rare orchids and even the Star of Bethlehem

-We had our first class in biodiversity for the new master program in

environmental biology at Birzeit University.

-We received dozens of visitors to our facilities and added to our very

large network of friends (now tens of thousands)

-We submitted two small grant proposals (we hope to start to do major

fundraising soon for our museum, botanical garden, and institute of

biodiversity and sustainability)

-Our aquaponic system is doing great and we expect our first harvest next

week (lettuce)

– We said goodbye to some volunteers and we welcomed others who helped us

build this institution.

We expect to receive more volunteers next week including a professor from

Jordan and an aquaponics researcher from Switzerland and at least 10

students from Bethlehem University doing their community service. We are so

grateful for all the above and we welcome volunteers and supporters with

all backgrounds and skills. We are guided by love and respect (to

ourselves, to others, then to nature). We are strengthened amid all the

suffering (here in Gaza, in Syria, in Yemen etc) by human connections and

by caring for each other.

Israeli soldiers beat detained Palestinian teenaged boys

Palestinian Teacher Among World’s Top 10

Reconstruction Of Gaza: Zero Buildings, Massive Profit

Should Jews Have To Pay Reparations for Slavery? Richard Kreitner

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have

roses.” Alphonse Karr

Stay human

Mazin Qumsiyeh

Professor and (Volunteer) Director

Palestine Museum of Natural History

Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability

Bethlehem University

Occupied Palestine

Iran Researcher Job posted by: Human Rights Watch Posted on: August 18, 2015

Job description



Middle East / North Africa Division

Application Deadline: 15 September 2015

Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Iran Researcher with the Middle East & North Africa (“MENA”) Division. The researcher will be responsible for developing and implementing a research and advocacy strategy on Iran, and probably an additional MENA country. Ideally, the position will be based in New York, Washington, DC, London, or in the Middle East region.


1. Research, monitor and document human rights abuses by collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources including governments, local media, NGOs, victims, witnesses, journalists, diplomats, security forces and others in the field;

2. Conduct fact-finding missions in Iran (if possible) and in other countries, as needed and if security permits;

3. Write and publicize reports, briefing papers, letters, news releases, op-eds, and submissions to international bodies based on the findings of your research;

4. Develop and implement local, regional, and international strategies to change abusive laws, policies, and practices;

5. Present human rights and humanitarian law issues and concerns to government officials, opinion leaders, inter-governmental agencies, and the media to promote civilian protection and human rights reforms;

6. Work closely with relevant local and international human rights organizations and activists to ensure that the work of HRW in Iran complements and enhances their work;

7. Respond promptly to queries from the media, public, and colleagues in the human rights community and take initiative to project concerns in public debate;

8. Liaise effectively with HRW staff located in multiple locations throughout the world to ensure effective coordination and delivery of activities;

9. Travel domestically and internationally, as required, in order to carry out research and advocacy; and

10. Perform other duties as required.


Education: An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, history or social sciences is strongly preferred.

Experience: A minimum of three years of experience working on human rights issues or humanitarian law, ideally in the Middle East and/or North Africa, is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Farsi are required.

2. Ability to identify, research, analyze and effectively communicate important human rights developments in Iran is required.

3. Ability and sensitivity to conduct interviews with a wide range of people, including victims and witnesses, are required.

4. Ability to identify and advise on strategies to conduct research and advocacy is required.

5. Ability to produce high-quality written material under tight deadlines is required.

6. Strong initiative and follow-through, capacity to think creatively and strategically, excellent editing skills, and dynamic public speaking skills are required.

7. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW, as well as with external partners, are required.

8. Ability to multi-task effectively, including having strong planning and organizing skills, and ability to work under pressure are required.

9. Ability to think strategically about the global and local media environments and how to use the media and electronic media to further goals are required.

10. Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate developing and urgent events is required.

11. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is essential.

12. Knowledge of and experience working in international human rights and familiarity with international humanitarian law is strongly preferred.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

How to apply

Contact: Please apply immediately or by 15 September by emailing, in a single submission, a letter of interest describing your experience, resume, contact details for three references, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others)to Please use “Iran Researcher Application Ref: MENA-15-1063″ as the subject of your email.

Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY, 10118, US
This job can be performed from a remote location.


Application deadline
September 15, 2015
Education requirements
Languages needed
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
Job function
Owner’s areas of focus

Human Rights/Social Media/Research opportunities Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Institute for Gulf Affairs

Human Rights/Social Media/Research opportunities
Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Institute for Gulf Affairs
Posted on: July 29, 2014
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Volunteer Opportunity description
The Institute for Gulf Affairs is looking for volunteers/interns to support a variety of functions. Part-time (10-15 hours/week) and full time (25+ hours/weeK) opportunities are available in the areas of Research/Human Rights/Communications.

Based in Washington, DC, the Institute is an independent, nonpartisan organization that disseminates solid information about the Gulf region and produces thoughtful analyses of Gulf politics and international relations.

Human Rights volunteer/intern duties will include (but are not limited to):

Coordinate the Institute’s human rights campaigns .
Support the campaigns by arranging meetings with various officials.
Contribute to articles and reports
Assist with organizing events.
Other office administration duties as needed.
Social Media volunteer/intern duties will include:

Manage the Institute’s website
Manage social media acounts
video/photo editing
Other duties as assigned.
Research volunteer/intern duties will include:

Researching and writing articles for publication on the Institute’s website
Assist staff in background research for reports and other articles
Responding to information and research requests
Assist on other projects and provide other administrative support as needed.

Interest in the Middle East (Gulf Region), Human Rights, and/or International Relations
Strong communitcation and writing skills
Experience with website management/HTML and video/photo editing software (social media position)
Ability to work independently and take initiative.
How to apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume to: Please indicate in the email’s subject line which volunteer position you are applying to.

1900 L Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, US
International volunteer options
International volunteers welcome
International Affairs/relations, Middle East, Human Rights & Advocacy, Women’s Rights, Social Media & Communications, Research & Analysis, Website Administration And Management
Owner’s areas of focus
Women, International relations, Human rights and civil liberties
Time Commitment
3 months or longer
Time commitment
A lot (10+ hours/week)
Days of week
Flexible schedule