SALIM J. MUNAYER
Salim J. Munayer is Executive Director and founder of Musalaha Ministry of Reconciliation, which has been bringing Israelis and Palestinians together since 1990.
Salim is a Palestinian-Israeli born in Lod as one of six children and received his BA from Tel Aviv University in History and Geography, his MA from Fuller Theological Seminary, graduate studies in New Testament from Pepperdine University and his PhD from the Oxford Center of Mission Studies in the UK. His doctoral dissertation was written on “The Ethnic Identity of Palestinian Arab Christian Adolescents in Israel.”
He has published several books on Reconciliation, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and Christians in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Salim served as academic dean of the Bethlehem Bible College from 1989 to 2008, and continues to serve as a professor at the college. He is also an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Salim is married to Kay and has four sons, Jack, Daniel, John and Sam.
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When I was growing up, I remember being able to see Jordan from the window of my home and knowing I couldn’t visit because the people there were my ‘enemies’. But I also remember the day when the King of Jordan came together with Yitzhak Rabin and Bill Clinton and signed the Israel-Jordan peace treaty. A bunch of us kids from the city came together and formed a line holding hands all the way from the border of Egypt to the border of Jordan, everyone was so excited, there were balloons flying off into the sky as we stood there proudly linked together. A week later I visited Jordan for the first time with my parents. Israelis and Jordanians were finally able to meet with each other and we had peace. I still remember how exciting it felt…