Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam (the "Oasis of Peace" in Hebrew and Arabic) is the only community in Israel where Jews and Palestinians choose to live, work and raise their children in equality and mutual respect. The village started with a handful of individuals in the 1970s and is now home to 60 families - half Jewish, half Palestinian. More than 300 families are on a waiting-list, hoping to join the community in the near future.
The village reaches beyond its border with three major institutions: the first ever bilingual primary school in Israel, the School for Peace and the Pluralistic Spiritual Center. Other programs, such as the Humanitarian Aid Program or the Nadi - Youth Club also benefit Israelis and Palestinians in the advancement of dialogue and peace. Learn more by going to our section about the village. You can also download our leaflet.
In the United States, the American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam was created in the 1980s to provide support to the Oasis of Peace and awareness to the American public. Our mission statement is as follows:
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 well beyond its own borders. At Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the bilingual, binational, multicultural Primary School, the School for Peace, the Pluralistic Spiritual Center, and other projects, serve the village and beyond reaching thousands of Jewish and Palestinian youth and adults.
The American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam is a not-for-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status under Internal Revenue Code.
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