In preparation sessions for the workshops, both at Givat Brenner and Orthodox Nazareth high schools, there were signs of great interest from the students.
Both schools are coming to youth workshops for many years and it was apparent that the students already heard about the experience form their older colleagues.
One thing worth mentioning is that in Nazareth Orthodox school, there were many more students interested in participating than possible and a screening process was done by the teacher choosing who will attend. In Givat Brenner school, all students that wanted to participate were able to.
There were 57 participants 30 Palestinians and 27 Jews, 20 boys and 27 girls.
The participants were divided by the teachers into two working groups, each group with a Jewish and Palestinian facilitators.
We thoroughly prepared the teachers and facilitators staff of the workshop in order to advance a deep meaningful dialogue between the two groups that fosters respect.
Each school had a preparation session in their own school led by a facilitator of the School for Peace.
Apr 10, 2018
Investing in Gaza
By American Friends of NSWAS - Admin
What’s happening in Gaza now is what an out of control conflict looks like.
What’s happening in Gaza now is what it looks like when civilian protest is met with military force.
What’s needed right now is medical relief for hospitals without electricity, doctors without medicine, ambulances without supplies
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam’s Humanitarian Aid Program and the community’s physicians and health care professionals, have built relationships with some of Gaza’s hospitals and the community is already volunteering their time and skills.
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has always been investing in the people of Gaza.
From medical relief to calling the world’s attention to the immediate and long-term impacts of the IDF military actions,
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam stands with those whose strength lies in non-violent resistance to oppression.
Will you join us right now in supporting medical relief for Gaza’s hospitals?
...and then join us in supporting the long-term work of building dialogue, of finding the non-violent ways through this conflict.
Looking forward to being with you in giving what we can right now, when it is so badly needed!
Apr 3, 2018
Change Agents Courses
By Dr. Nava Sonnenschein, - Director
Two cross-border Palestinian - Israeli courses have opened, one for mental health professionals, another for social workers, have opened, thanks to funding from USAID. Both courses began with sessions held in Aqaba, Jordan.
The courses have 42 participants and include Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The opening of the courses involved months of intensive recruitment and preparation, for a program that will last for three years.
The third group of the European Union funded program for Up and Coming Politicians met in February. This is the final year of the program, which focuses on building the various projects of the graduates.
Graduates of the architects' program met to promote a new idea, the Jewish-Arab Forum for Planners led by an architect from Tel Aviv and architect from Nazareth. After a preliminary meeting with theh School for Peace directors they have held steering committee meetings in Haifa, attended by eight Palestinians and Jews.
In March, a new group was opened: the Forum of School for Peace Graduates from the Shared Cities Leadership Courses. The group is composed of graduates of three courses, including WAS-NS’s new municipal manager, who is himself a graduate of one of the courses.