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Manuel Musallam

Advocated for Palestinian rights, championed education.

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Date of Birth:



Bir Zeit, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Instrumental in promoting Palestinian resistance through education and interfaith dialogue.

Brief bio

Manuel Musallam is a Palestinian Catholic priest renowned for his commitment to the Palestinian cause, particularly through education and advocacy. He is known for his unwavering support for Palestinian rights and his efforts in promoting peaceful resistance.

Major Milestones


  • Born in Bir Zeit (1938): Birth in a historic Palestinian town.

  • Ordained as Priest (1963): Began his spiritual and community leadership journey.

  • Parish Priest in Gaza (1995-2009): Served during critical periods, including the Israeli bombardment in 2009.

  • Monsignor Title Conferred (2006): Acknowledged by Pope Benedict XVI for his service.

  • Retired in Bir Zeit (2009): Returned to his birthplace, continuing his advocacy work.

  • Educational Leadership: Directed several Catholic schools in Palestine, fostering education amidst conflict.

  • Interfaith Relations: Founded the Christian-Islamic Forum in Gaza, promoting interfaith harmony.

  • Cultural Preservation: Established Palestinian Folklore Groups, preserving and promoting cultural heritage...See More

  • Peaceful Resistance Advocacy: Emphasized and advocated for non-violent forms of resistance...See More

  • National Service: Actively engaged in committees supporting Palestinian rights and cultural identity...See More

Date of Last Update: 
January 13, 2024

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