in Israel and Palestine
About Our Partner
In “Through My Enemy's Eyes” Salim Munayer, the Director of Musalaha writes, “We do not believe that our peoples are doomed to make the same mistakes; nor do we believe that we are forever locked in cycles of violence and political impasse... We must look at our past and our present in light of our hope for the future.” Musalaha is the Arabic word for “reconciliation.”
Musalaha has two separate approaches to reconciliation work. The first promotes a faith-based process of reconciliation between Israeli and Palestinian followers of Jesus. This has been Musalaha's focus since it was first formed in 1990, by leaders in the Palestinian and Israeli communities.
The other approach in their work began more recently, through their Bridge Building program with Palestinians and Israelis from Muslim, Christian and Jewish backgrounds. The program's message of reconciliation is based on the biblical principles of peace, tolerance, and love.
This creative reconciliation ministry uses seminars, retreats, workshops and “desert encounters” to build bridges, relationships and understanding between Palestinian and Israeli Christians who are often estranged because of the competing claims to the land in which they coexist. Is it possible for those Palestinians and Israelis who desire to remain true to their identity, history, and nationality to also live as neighbors free of hostility, bitterness, and fear? Musalaha provides venues in which the answer, through Christ, can be “Yes!”
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $5,000 to support Musalaha’s ministries of reconciliation.