Ofir Hadad

Doctoral student, Department of Political Science
Dissertation title: Dissertation title: Friend or Foe? The Role of Political and Legal Discourse in Shaping Israel's Immigration Policy toward Former Security Collaborators
Supervisor: Prof. Menachem Hofnung


Adv. Ofir Hadad is a Ph.D. candidate in the Advanced Graduate-Research Program (Telem) of the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a fellow of the interdisciplinary doctoral program “Human Rights under Pressure” (a joint program with the Free University of Berlin). Ofir is also a recipient of the President of Israel's Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Innovation, and is the first fellow of The American Friends of Yitzhak Rabin Fund.

Ofir holds an M.A. (magna cum laude) in Political Science and an LL.B. (magna cum laude) in Law combined with the Interdisciplinary Honors Program of Humanities (Amirim), all from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ofir’s main research interests include law and politics, human rights and national security, forced migration, as well as political and legal discourse. His doctoral research focuses on the role of legal and political discourse in shaping Israel’s immigration policy toward security collaborators.

Alongside his research work, Ofir serves as the academic coordinator of the master’s program in the Political Science Department of the Hebrew University: Law, Governance & Society, where he also teaches the course “Law and Politics in Israel.” Before beginning his studies, Ofir served as an intelligence officer, discharged with the rank of Captain.

Ofir lives in Modi'in with his wife Merav and his daughters Geffen, Shaked and Ella. 


For his latest publications see:

Hofnung, Menachem and Ofir Hadad. 2022. “Latent Judicial Intervention: The Case of Self-Claiming Palestinian Informers,” Journal of Law and Courts (forthcoming).

Hadad, Ofir. 2021. “A Battle of Names: Hamas and Israeli Operations in the Gaza Strip,” Terrorism and Political Violence 33(5): 931-950 (Published online: 22 Apr 2019).


For selected publications in the media see:

The Twilight Zone: The Unknown Lives of the 'Threatened' Palestinians in Israel,” Forbes Magazine.

5 Years for ‘Tzuk Eitan’: The Names Given by Hamas to IDF Operations in Gaza and What They Mean,” Mako.