Ofer Shinar

Residence
Tel Aviv
Place of birth
Petach Tikvah
Year of Birth
1972
Profession
Lawyer
Organization
Former consultant to the Bereaved Families' Forum
Identity
Tries to balance the rational & emotional
Languages spoken
Hebrew, English
Date of Interview
03/2004

Interviewer
Nahanni Rous

"I had just spent a year studying what was done in Sri Lanka, in Argentina, in South Africa, in Rwanda—all these places where people negotiated the past in different ways that were in sharp contrast to what was done here with regard to the Oslo process. So for me it was very clear that I should give up my lawyering skills for a bit and try to do something else."

Ofer Shinar studied and subsequently taught law and human rights at Tel Aviv University after his mandatory service in the Israeli army. In 2001-2002, he studied with South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation leader, Alex Boraine, at New York University. He returned to Israel to help the Bereaved Families' Forum explore the idea and process of reconciliation and to serve as an independent advisor and researcher on Transitional Justice. Today, Ofer is writing his Doctoral Dissertation at the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem while teaching at both Hebrew University and Sapir College in Sderot.