American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam

The American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam encourages, supports and publicizes the projects of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the "Oasis of Peace." For more than thirty years, Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has been dedicated to dialogue, cooperation and a genuine and durable peace between Arabs and Jews, Palestinians and Israelis. Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel have chosen to live and work together as equals in this community to promote trust, understanding and mutual respect.
Dec 4, 2010

Interfaith Holiday Celebration at the School

Every year, the Primary School chooses certain holidays for the children to celebrate. This year, due to the proximity of the Muslim Festival of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha), the Hijri or Muslim New Year, the Jewish Hanukkah holiday and Christmas, we prepared a celebration in common for all the children and their parents.

From the beginning of November, the teachers began discussing and planning the celebration, and divided the celebration among the classes, so that each class would play a particular role in the celebration. The children prepared art work, songs, plays and quizzes. The Eisenberg Family auditorium was decked out in holiday trappings and painting and drawings by the children were hung on the walls and windows.

A little after 6:30 PM, the parents and children took their places and the celebration began. We began by honoring a guest, the American philanthropist and benefactor of the school, Richard Goodwin and his partner Sondra, who were with us for the celebration, and then launched into the activities that the children had proudly prepared.  

One activity led into another, from singing to processions illustrating parts of the pilgrimage to Mecca, to a visit of the three wise men, to the story of Hannukah, with respect and honor for each holiday and each religion, and some original ideas of presentation. The evening was fun for children, teachers and parents, and everyone learned something new about each other's faith and culture.

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Oct 23, 2010

Young Palestinians and Jews on the field

Participants on the field
Participants on the field

The 22 participants of the Youth Encounter Human Rights program continue to meet about once a month in the binational community of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam. 

The young people are now observing how human rights are implemented in institutions and in their communities. They then report and discuss their findings with the group. Later on they will meet with leaders of these institutions and communities to present their recommendations.

Encounter at the School for Peace
Encounter at the School for Peace

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Sep 23, 2010

The Human Rights Journey Continues

Twenty-two 15-17 years old Jews and Palestinians are still participating in the project. After the recruitment phase in February, they met in April during an introductory and dialogue workshop for two days. In May they had a two-day workshop in Nazareth in which they received training on human rights issues by the Arab association for Human rights and also had a field study tour in Nazareth and Natzeret Elite (Upper Nazareth). A one-day training on Human rights issues was organized in July, followed by a dialogue and training in field work to observe the implementation of human rights in the different environments.

Since then, the participants are doing filed work, observing and reporting on Human Rights-related situations in their communities, with supervision by the project facilitators.

In October the group will meet again to share their impressions and present their reports. After the workshop, they will submit these reports to the responsible bodies in the local authorities or the responsible body for the field they have studied.

In December, they will meet a Palestinian group from the West Bank who have been doing similar work to exchange experiences and impressions.

The group is very enthusiast about their collaboration and the analysis work they are doing in the field. They convey their gratitude to the donors of GlobalGiving for their support.

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