Noah Salameh, M.A. ’94

Published: October 04, 2008

Author: Renée LaReau

Noah Salameh

Noah Salameh is the director and co-founder of the Center for Conflict Resolution in Bethlehem, Palestine. He creates educational projects that teach families, journalists, religious leaders, security workers, students, and teachers how to resolve conflicts in nonviolent ways.

Noah's training programs are geared toward both the Israeli and Palestinian communities. One course, for example, brought together 200 Palestinian and Israeli journalists several times over 28 months. "We discussed the role of the media in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," Noah said, "and talked about how they can help in solving, not escalating, the conflict."

Noah has 20 years of experience as a peace activist. He also holds a Ph.D. in history from Cairo University in Egypt. He began his master's degree at the Kroc Institute after spending 15 years as a political prisoner in Israel.

"The Kroc Institute was not just a school for me," Noah said. "It shifted my belief in the power of violence to the power of nonviolence, peace, and justice. I was taught not only a new way of thinking, but also how to work for peace."