• NEW IDEAS ON PALESTINE

    NEW IDEAS ON PALESTINE

    Fadi Elsalameen is a non-resident fellow at The Foreign Policy Institute at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)...

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  • POLITICS

    POLITICS

    Handpicked by Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, Elsalameen has been an active member of the Seeds of Peace international organisation since 1998...

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  • BUSINESS

    BUSINESS

    Elsalameen is a successful businessman, a principle of YCF Group, an international investment firm based in Washington DC...

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  • ORGANIZATIONS

    ORGANIZATIONS

    Elsalameen is not a member of any political organizations. He is a supporter of several International Non-governmental organizations working in Palestine in both the health and education sectors...

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[   Scholarships   ]

Fund for Palestinian students. According to an interview with Haaretz, through the Fadi Elsalameen Fund for Students in Need (Arabic: صندوق فادي السلامين للطالب المحتاج), Elsalameen funds around 30 Palestinian students annually to go to Hebron University.

[   Medical Aid   ]

Fadi Elsalameen has promoted medical aid in crisis events in Palestine. He also is part of the PCRF organization, who sends volunteer teams of surgeons and other medical personnel to treat patients and train professionals at local hospitals in the Middle East.

[   Job Creation   ]

Elsalameen worked as a program adviser at the Imaginenations Group where he worked with teams of international development finance and youth experts to design investment strategies for youth in the Middle East and South America.

[   Fighting Corruption   ]

Elsalameen became a vocal critic of the current Palestinian government. In February, 2011 Elsalameen called for the resignation of Palestinian President Mamhmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in an article he first published in Ma’an News.

Press Comments

  • Joe Klein | Time Magazine

    Joe Klein | Time Magazine

    “El-Salameen has spent much of his time in the U.S. and has achieved a certain prominence—he is quietly charismatic, a world-class networker, the sort of person who is invited to international conferences—but he is now spending more time at home in Hebron, organizing the March 15 movement in the West Bank’s largest city. ‘I met some of the leaders of the Tahrir Square movement at a conference in Doha,’ he tells me. ‘They don’t fit the usual profile of a ‘youth leader.’ They are low-key, well educated but not wealthy. They are figuring it out as they go along, trying to figure out what works.”

  • The Economist

    The Economist

    His comments about the non-violent resistance among Palestinians were also highlighted in an article in The Economist.
    “Palestinian commentators and organisers, including Fadi Elsalameen and Moustafa Barghouthi, have spent the last couple of years pointing out that these complaints resolutely ignore the actual and growing Palestinian non-violent resistance movement… (http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2011/05/israel_and_palestine_0)”

  • M.J. Rosenberg | Political Commentator

    M.J. Rosenberg | Political Commentator

    The political prospects of Elsalameen were highlighted by American political commentator M.J. Rosenberg who predicted that he will run for president one day in a piece published on TPM cafe.

Fadi's Pen

الشعب الفلسطيني يستحق قيادة أفضل

الشعب الفلسطيني يستحق قيادة أفضل

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Defeating the ISIL Threat – For Good

Defeating the ISIL Threat – For Good

Aug 27, 2014 Chuck Hagel, Egyptian President el-Sisi, ISIL

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What Does Cease-Fire Really Mean in Gaza? Fadi Elsalameen CCTV America Interview

What Does Cease-Fire Really Mean in Gaza? Fadi Elsalameen CCTV America Interview

Aug 04, 2014 CCTV-America, Cease-Fire, Gaza

Political commentator and fellow at the American Security Project Fadi Elsalameen joined CCTV America for insight on the obstacles to a resolution of the Gaza conflict.   Originally posted on CCTV-America

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Fadi Elsalameen CNN Interview – Comments on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority

Fadi Elsalameen CNN Interview – Comments on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority

Aug 04, 2014 Gaza, Hamas, Israel, John Kerry, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority

Fadi Elsalameen – CNN Interview – Comments on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority  Transcript Aired July 29, 2014 – 15:30 ET on CNN BALDWIN: Few people have tried as hard as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to broker the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. What does Kerry have to […]

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Fadi Elsalameen Appears on CNN with Brooke Baldwin; Calls for an Immediate Cease Fire in Gaza

Fadi Elsalameen Appears on CNN with Brooke Baldwin; Calls for an Immediate Cease Fire in Gaza

Aug 04, 2014 Gaza, Israel

CNN Interview with Fadi Elsalameen – Comments on Situation in Gaza Transcript Aired July 28, 2014 – 14:30 ET on CNN BALDWIN: Fadi Elsalameen is a senior adjunct fellow with The Security Project, a commentator on Arab/Israeli affairs. He joins me from Washington. Mr. Elsalameen, welcome. FADI ELSALAMEEN, SENIOR ADJUNCT FELLOW, THE SECURITY PROJECT & […]

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UNSC Calls for Immediate Humanitarian Cease-Fire

UNSC Calls for Immediate Humanitarian Cease-Fire

Jul 30, 2014 Gaza, UNSC

The United Nations is appealing for peace in Gaza. The Security Council has called for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire, and the Secretary-General says the Gaza strip is in critical condition. The leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, House Speaker John Boehner, said Monday that support for Israel must be the United States’ main focus and not […]

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How to Help Displaced Civilians in Gaza

How to Help Displaced Civilians in Gaza

Jul 24, 2014 Gaza

Please call the mattress factories listed below (located in Gaza) directly and reserve however many mattresses you’d like to donate under (Fadi Elsalameen) and our volunteers on the ground will pick them and deliver them to families in need. Payment: from you directly to the factory via Bank of Palestine Methods: Famco Factory (Naji Khoudary […]

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Fox confronts Kerry with hot-mike comment on Israel: ‘Hell of a pinpoint operation’

Fox confronts Kerry with hot-mike comment on Israel: ‘Hell of a pinpoint operation’

Jul 20, 2014 Israel, John Kerry

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Did Hamas Do It?

Did Hamas Do It?

Jun 17, 2014 Benjamin Netanyahu, Hamas, Palestinian Authority

Hamas’ military wing denies any involvement in the kidnapping of the three Israeli settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron. Are they telling the truth? Probably not, and here is why. Hamas made it known it intended to kidnap more soldiers after the 1,000 Palestinian prisoners they exchanged for the kidnapped Israeli soldier, Gilad […]

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Palestinian Family Feuding

Palestinian Family Feuding

Mar 30, 2014 Fatah, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian Politics

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Mahmoud Abbas is Being Challenged by a Fearsome Rival

Mahmoud Abbas is Being Challenged by a Fearsome Rival

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The Third Intifada

The Third Intifada

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Richest revolution, yet among the poorest nations

Richest revolution, yet among the poorest nations

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Jan 09, 2014 Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

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Jan 09, 2014 Palestine

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Jan 09, 2014 Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

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Jan 09, 2014 Palestinian Politics

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Jan 09, 2014 Palestinian Politics

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Jan 09, 2014 Arab Street

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