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Fr. Jamal was born in the Christian Palestinian village of Zababdeh in the northern part of the West Bank. He has a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he completed his thesis on the official dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. He is a member of the Theological Reflection Committee of the Latin Patriarchate and of the Committee of Dialogue with Jews. Fr. Jamal teaches at theLatin Seminary in Beit Jala, Bethlehem University, the Emmaus Center in Beit Sahour, and Mar Elias College in Ibillin. He also teaches Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Strategies for the master's in International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) program. Fr.Jamal is the Chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies and the Dean of Arts at Bethlehem University.