Julia Fisher talks to Dr Salim Munayer. He describes himself as a Palestinian Christian, an Israeli citizen who lives in Jerusalem, and is married with 4 sons. As well as teaching at the Bethlehem Bible College, Salim is also the founder and director of Musalaha, which means reconciliation in arabic – an organisation that brings Arab/Palestinian Christians together with Messianic Jewish believers in a spirit of reconciliation. In Israel and the middle east, the issue of identity – what you believe and where you come from – is paramount. So I was interested to know why Salim describes himself as a Palestinian, rather than an Israeli Arab, when he was born and lives in Israel.
Our aim is to build bridges… To build bridges of understanding and support, in a spirit of reconciliation, between believers (both Jewish and Arab) in the Holy Land (Israel and the Palestinian Areas) and Christians worldwide.