THE BRITISH SHALOM-SALAAM TRUST is a Jewish charity, established in response to the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East caused by the Israeli Occupation. We welcome supporters of all faiths and none. The Trust seeks to foster positive relations between Jews, Palestinians and other communities living within Israel's 1967 borders and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (the West Bank and Gaza) This project aims to raise funding for our core grant-giving programme.
The continuing conflict in Israel and Palestine has created many humanitarian problems. We address them via grants to hundreds of small-scale, grass-roots initiatives. These tackle violations of human rights; poor access to healthcare; psychological trauma to children; attacks on the rule of law; violence against communities; empowering women; attacks on the press; and many more social, cultural and economic issues. Here we seek funding for our Israel/Palestine grant-giving programme.
There are many local Jewish, Palestinian and refugee projects that need support, but for this we need increased funds. In this appeal we showcase three representative projects we have assisted: Tag Meir is an Israeli watchdog which supports victims of religious violence; Min el-Bahar organises days at the coast for Palestinian children from the West Bank who otherwise are denied access to the sea; Palestine Trauma Centre (Gaza) provides therapy for children traumatized by ongoing conflict.
BSST is always aware of the injustices, disparities in power and destruction of democracy caused or exacerbated by the Occupation. We therefore focus on groups that make it central to their purpose to challenge oppression, injustice and disadvantage, and that are committed to a just resolution of the conflict in Israel/Palestine based on equality and mutual respect between all communities. Our grant-giving programme aims to provide hope to the wonderful people we work with in Israel/Palestine.