Paul Scham, an adjunct scholar Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., is a writer, speaker, and activist specializing in conflict resolution and Israeli-Palestinian understanding at grassroots, scholarly, and diplomatic levels. He earned his BA from Columbia University and his J.D. from the University of California Berkeley, and completed graduate work at Princeton University. Mr. Scham practiced law for several years, and in 1989 founded the Washington office of Americans for Peace Now. Subsequently became a research fellow at the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace of Hebrew University, coordinating on its large program of Arab-Israeli research, academic cooperation, and civil society projects. Since his return to the U.S. in 2002, he has been a frequent guest on radio and television programs, and has continued to write and lecture extensively on the subject. Mr. Scham speaks English, Hebrew, and some Arabic.
Walid Salem is a journalist and director of the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy and Community Development (Panorama), Jerusalem.