Lives in: Jerusalem Was born in: Jerusalem Year of birth: 1957 Identity: Muslim, Palestinian, West Bank/Gaza/E. Jerusalem Type of work: Research and Development Website: Panorama Works at Panorama Interviewer Joline Makhlouf Date of Interview 2006
Walid Salem is the director of Panorama, the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy and Community Development in East Jerusalem and author of numerous texts about the conflict. He was imprisoned by Israel a number of times in the 1970s and 80s for being an active political member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Walid joined Panorama after the initiation of the Oslo process, and has since conducted joint studies and activities with Israeli academics and peace groups. He also conducts training sessions in democracy, nonviolence and civil society building with Palestinian groups.
Journalist"Nonviolence sends a message to the dominant powers in the world that our struggle is a popular one. It calls for the end of occupation. It is not a terrorist struggle that aims to destroy the Jews nor a threat to the stability of the region, as we are accused."