Israel-Palestine and the Clash of Domination

Dr Salim Munayer

Dr Salim Munayer

The speech “Israel-Palestine and the Clash of Domination” will be given by Dr Salim Munayer, who founded Musalaha, in Jerusalem

This will be the third speech at the MCSCI Conference in January 2016.

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This is a recording of the speech, which has been edited for clarity and to remove questions (which could not be heard over the microphone).


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Abstract: Israel-Palestine and the Clash of Domination

Dr Munayer writes:

In this paper we will look at a Middle Eastern Christian perspective and response to the clash between political Islam and Western political ideology.  We will also reflect on the effects of the nation-state’s breakdown on Middle Eastern Christians, and radical Islam’s marginalization of this group.



Middle Eastern Christians were leaders in the rise of nationalism in this region as it ensured better rights for minorities and upheld a group identity regardless of religious affiliation.  With the rise of political Islam, Middle Eastern Christians feel marginalized as implementation of sharia contradicts the Western secular values of nationalism.  At the same time, Middle Eastern Christians need to be aware of the non-Christian values that accompany secularism and Westernization and turn a critical eye not just toward political Islam, but also ourselves.  As followers of God, we cannot divorce politics from religion.  Additionally, we cannot only look inward and advocate the interests of our particular religious community.  We must articulate a model that includes a message of hope for us, and also for those around us, Christian, Muslim and Jewish.

When can I hear him?

Dr Munayer is expected to bring the conference’s third speech, “Israel-Palestine and the Clash of Domination”, on Friday 8th January 2016 at approximately 9:30am. Day visitors are asked to arrive no later than 9:15am to allow time for registration.

Please note that all times are given as-planned in good faith, but the schedule may be amended without notice if required.

Who is he?

Salim J. Munayer is director and founder of Musalaha Ministry of Reconciliation, which has been bringing Israelis and Palestinian together since 1990 and creating a forum for reconciliation. 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 Centre of Mission Studies in the UK. Salim served as academic dean of the Bethlehem Bible College from 1989 to 2008, and is 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.


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, his most recent work was the groundbreaking book Through My Enemy’s Eyes, Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine, co-authored with Lisa Loden.