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.
Oct 24, 2016

Learning from Each Other

Two upcoming Youth Encounter workshops are on the newly released 2016/2017 School for Peace program schedule. The first meeting will be between Israeli high school students from Givat Brener and Palestinian-Israeli high school students from Nazareth. The second meeting will be between Israeli high school students from Ramat Gan and Palestinian-Israeli high school students from Shfaramer. We will be sharing updates from the 3-day workshops as soon as we can.

This foundational program will be doing double duty as framework for guided observation by participants in our facilitator training course. Observing our Youth Encounter workshops allows our facilitators-in-training to experience a microcosm of the reality that teenagers experience. Racism, sterotypes and prejudices are addressed on both sides. The ability of our trained facilitators to guide these often overwhelming feeling into a constructive dialogue is the key to a successful, transformative experience for everyone.

“Wherever I am, whatever I’m doing in my work with the children at school, this

is there. I have been changed forever. This is me, part of my identity, my agenda. It’s part of what I try to promote in the world I live in.”-Ayelet Roth, Director of the Bilingual School Network and graduate of the School for Peace Facilitator Training course.

 

All School for Peace programs are built around groups of Israelis and Israeli-Palestinians coming together and engaging in dialogue led by experienced Jewish and Arab facilitators that are experts in the field of conflict resolution. Through their experience in the workshops and courses, participants become aware of their role in the conflict.

Oct 20, 2016

A pediatrician from the village brings vital medicine and care to Gaza hospital

Using donations from our Humanitarian Aid Program, Village member and pediatrician, Dr. Raid, was able to bring vital medicine and critical care to hospitalized children in Gaza.

 

Dr. Raid joined together with fellow members of Doctors for Human Rights to administer medicine, provide care and perform follow-up surgery for children injured by war.

 Dr. Raid administered treatment to 38 children while his Doctors for Human Rights colleague and pediatric surgeon, Dr. Yasin, performed critical surgeries children needed to recover from devastating injuries sustained by war.

 

The delegation of doctors also visited a center for children with cancer in Gaza to learn about the work that the center does and the children in their care. The Humanitarian Aid Program is looking into ways of providing support to the center and to other hospitals in Gaza.

 

Too often, life saving equipment and medicine is unavailable to Gaza doctors. Due to lack of funds, red tape, and limited resources Gaza doctors and hospitals are unable to provide the necessary care their patients need. When you donate to Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam’s Humanitarian Aid program, you make it possible for people like Dr. Raid to bring hope and healing to people and families in their most desperate hours.

 

Our Humanitarian Aid Program is dedicated to helping families living under occupation. In addition to providing funds for medicine and facilitating medical support for Gaza hospitals, the program obtains border crossing permits and transportation for patients with severe conditions that require more than the limited options available. With your help we can continue to offer our hand in peace and hope to patients who are out of options and doctors who struggle to provide basic and necessary care to their patients.

Oct 5, 2016

No one is resting here!

The Primary School celebrated the culmination of another year, and said a bittersweet good bye to the 6th graders as they graduated and moved on to different middle schools. Before the school year concluded, the students of the Primary School were paid a heartfelt tribute of appreciation by the Italian Association for Jewish and Christian Friendship to commemorate the 20th year of Bruno Hassar’s passing. They received over 200 messages of peace from Italian students in a show of support for their dedication to the art of peace. The Primary School students reciprocated with their own messages of peace, bridging the gap between countries and cultures.

            The dedication to the art of peace in the face of hate was embodied by one of our very own teachers, Nadwa Jabar, who was the victim of a racist attack in May. Nadwa, along with Principal Carmella Ferber and four other Primary School teachers were invited to the Knesset to attend a special meeting on hate crimes and a discussion on the promotion of bilingual education.  Nadwa was invited to speak and appealed to the leaders of the country to address the violence and hate. The public recognition that Nadwa and the 3 children in her car were victims of terror is significant step toward equality. “We must be ambassadors of peace. We can live together and do a lot to change this reality.”-Nadwa Jabar      

The 2016-2017 school year will commence with the opening of a new and updated school library. With donations from our American, British and Swedish Friends, the library has been remodeled to better serve the needs of the students and accommodate technological upgrades. The Hagar School in Be’er Sheva and the Primary School will continue collaborating in the fall. Using new bilingual, binational literature, the teachers from both schools are cooperating to develop techniques and materials to advance bilingual education.

 
   

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