9 days for the women of Beit Sira
In less than a week, we managed to raise $4,386
(109% of our fundraising goal) for a sheep farming project benefiting
women in the Palestinian community of Beit Sira, West Bank. The
residents of the "Oasis of Peace" have been helping the community for
years with medical and school supplies.
Our partner was TippingBucket.org
and 100% of the funds will go to the women of Beit Sira. We'll post
updates on this website as soon as the sheep have been purchased.
Thank you to all donors for their support!
Tour to Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam
The American Friends
of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam will be co-hosting a tour to Neve
Shalom/Wahat al-Salam from October 10th – 14th, 2010, organized by the
British Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam.
This visit to the
Oasis of Peace will give you a chance to learn more about the residents
and the programs. The tour will include meetings with experts and
residents, and visits of various sites. Learn more here.
Friendship Library Opening
Made possible by the generosity of Mr. Fred Segal, the Friendship Library will be inaugurated this April in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam.The Library will be a unique learning center combining field work and academia in peace and conflict resolution on an international scholarly level.
The library will facilitate opportunities for all peoples, regardless of nationality or religion, to come together and pursue research and studies in peace and reconciliation. Resources will be available in Arabic, Hebrew and English.
The Library was inaugurated on April 22, 2010. You can download a transcript of the opening ceremony and the press release.
Library Facilities and Programs
- The peace library is able to accommodate up to 250 visitors a day.
- The School for Peace is developing an MA Program in Peace and Conflict Studies with Tel-Aviv Jaffa College which will be taught from the library campus.
- Multimedia collection of academic and popular literature about peace and conflict
- Peace NGO Resource Center – a center for local and international activists and scholars
- Conference venue. The library will host small-scale professional research conferences, seminars and workshops in peace studies and related fields.
- Joint seminars and opportunities for academics and practitioners in the field of peace and conflict resolution.
- Multi-use courtyard and amenities for groups and special events
- Health & wellness books & classes ("the world is as we are"); workshops and seminars.
- Fiction collection for local users, in Arabic, Hebrew, and English.
- The library will serve the residents of the village and surrounding Jewish and Arab local communities.
- The library will be a focal point for encouraging social interaction and meetings between residents of the community, Jews and Arabs.
Nava Sonnenschein receives "Woman of Courage" award from Diane Kelly
The Department of State’s Senior Policy Advisor on Global Women’s Affairs Diane Kelly presented the “Women of Courage” certificate to Nava Sonnenschein, co-founder of the School for Peace, in a moving ceremony in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam. The certificate recognizes Dr. Sonnenschein’s courage and tireless work in advocating for social change and coexistence. Ms. Kelly described Secretary of State Clinton’s commitment to women’s empowerment and paid tribute to the way women have overcome physical and psychological barriers to improve the status of women worldwide.
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam is a World Vision Peacebuilding Award Finalist
Support the village's nomination by contributing a comment about Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam on the World Vision Award Board.
The Peacebuilding Award goes to an agency or organization that excels at integrating peacebuilding into relief, development or advocacy activities and mobilizing communities to build a durable peace.
The public is invited to actively participate in commenting on the finalists here. Public commenting will remain open for one month, closing on June 4, 2010. The International Awards Committee will use qualitative and quantitative tools to examine each of the finalist and review the public comments before they complete the selection process.
Please make sure to comment to support Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam by June 4th!
May 2008 - Tour and first conference call with Amhad Hijazi and Noam Shuster from the village.
In May, Israel celebrated 60 years of statehood, while the Palestinians commemorated 60 years since "Al-Nakba," the Catastrophe. A genuine, durable peace between Palestinians and Israelis seems out of reach. The village of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam is the only true working example of Jews and Arabs living, working and educating their children together equally with mutual respect and understanding. Ahmad Hijazi and Noam Shuster shared their experience of living together in this community.
Ahmad Hijazi, Director of Communication and Development in NSWAS, and Noam Shuster who grew up in the village also visited Los Angeles,
San Francisco and Oakland, CA and Lexington, KY in May 2008. They met people in public and religious locations and shared their experiences of living together in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam.
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October 2007 - Resident of "Oasis of Peace" tours the U.S., proving peace is possible.
Ahmad Hijazi first came to Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam in 1984 as a teenager to attend a School for Peace youth encounter workshop. It was a pivotal experience in his life. He later trained as a School for Peace facilitator. In 1992, Ahmad and his wife chose to live in Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam and he served as Mayor from 1995 to 1997. Ahmad is currently the Director of Public Relations in the community and a facilitator at the School for Peace. In October 2007, Ahmad visited with groups in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN and New York including the cities of Albany-Troy, Ithaca, Syracuse and Rochester.
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August 8, 2007 - Congressman Brian Baird visits the "Oasis of Peace"
Congressman Brian Baird, a member of the House of Representatives from Washington State, spent the afternoon and evening in the Oasis of Peace village, staying overnight in the comforts of our Guest House. Before embarking upon his current tour of the Middle East, the Congressman was unwavering in his determination to make an overnight stop in Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam, the only intentional Arab-Jewish community in the entire world. He discovered the village earlier this year when he met Ahmad Hijazi, our Communications & Development Director, while Ahmad was in the States, conjuring up support for the ALLMEP People-to-People Coexistence Program in the Middle East by members of Congress. Click here to read an article about the Congressman's visit.
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August 2007 - Youtube film features the "Oasis of Peace"
Watch Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam: An Oasis of Peace in a Land of Conflict, produced by Shelley Herman, on YouTube. It is a ten-minute "mini-documentary" about various aspects of the "Oasis of Peace." We recommend this to anyone who would like see and hear from (rather than just read about) people who live and work in the village.
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July 2007 - NSWAS receives books from global fund for children.
The Global Fund for Children (GFC) develops multicultural children's books that celebrate community and diversity, and promote peace and tolerance. The broader mission of this organization is to advance the dignity of children and youth around the world. GFC pursues its mission by making small grants to innovative community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth, complemented by a dynamic media program that, through books, documentary photography, and film, highlights the issues affecting children and celebrates the global society in which we all live.
This year, their "Books for Kids" project received a grant from Oprah's Angel Network in honor of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. The grant allowed them to distribute a collection of 20 award-winning children's books to community-based organizations including Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam. The books were given out during the last week of school. Thanks to Global Fund for Children for supporting the "Oasis of Peace."
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March 2007 - AFNSWAS hosts two representatives of NEVE SHALOM/WAHAT AL-SALAM in tour of the U.S.
The American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam hosted Ahmad Hijazi and Naomi Mark, two representatives of the community of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, to tour the US in March 2007. Ahmad and Naomi met with groups, individuals, and media in Boise and Ketchum, Idaho; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Washington, D.C.
Ahmad Hijazi was born in Tamara in Northern Israel and first came to Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam in 1984 as a teenager to attend a School for Peace youth encounter workshop with his high school class. For the first time, Ahmad met with his Jewish-Israeli peers in a meaningful way. It was a pivotal experience in his life. He trained as a School for Peace facilitator and studied sociology and education at Hebrew University, where he obtained a Masters degree. Upon completing his education in 1992, Ahmad and his wife, Maram, chose to live in Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam, where they are currently raising their two young sons. In addition, Ahmad served as Mayor of Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam from 1995 to 1997. Currently, Ahmad is the Director of Public Relations of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam and a facilitator at the School for Peace.
Naomi Mark, twenty years old, grew up in Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam, where she attended the village’s binational Primary School until sixth grade. As a daughter of the village and an alumna of the school system, Naomi personifies how the village and its school can effect change in Israeli society. Naomi chose to do non-military national service in the years following her high school graduation. Now, in her 2nd year of voluntary service, Naomi is working at the Israeli branch of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). She works on behalf of prisoners, advocating for their access to health services and for humane conditions while they are in custody. Part of her job is to liaise between the organization, the Israeli prison authority, and the families of Palestinian prisoners. Naomi’s bilingual education growing up in the “Oasis of Peace” and attending its Primary School benefit her need to use Arabic and Hebrew on a daily basis at PHR. Naomi is an inspiring example of how the 2nd generation of NSWAS residents is making a difference.
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Upcoming and Recent Musical Events Honoring the “Oasis of Peace”
February 22nd - Will Fudeman and Gerry Tenney perform in San Francisco; February 10th & 11th -" HARMONY IN THE HOLY LAND" benefit concert in Minnesonta.
Thursday, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m. “A Musical Evening Benefiting Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the Oasis of Peace” features Will Fudeman and Gerry Tenney of California Klezmer and the “Lost Tribe” at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, and AFNSWAS Executive Director Deanna Armbruster speaks about her recent visit to Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam and the community’s ongoing efforts to bring Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians together for dialogue and education. February 10th and 11th, the 100-Voice Global Harmony Community Chorus of the Twin Cities in Minnesota’s 3rd Annual Benefit Concert promotes peace in the Holy Land. Performances include Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, Neighbor, Take This Torch of Peace by Emma Lou Diemer and Distant Land by John Rutter. To learn more about the Global Harmony Chorus, visit globalharmonychorus.org. To hear Will and Gerry’s music, visit cdbaby.com and ezfolk.com. We would like to thank these musicians for offering their time and talents in honor and support of the “Oasis of Peace.” To learn more about how you can support this unique community, click here.
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Partner in Peace Award, funded and inspired by Board of Director Richard Goodwin, Given to Ruth Dayan and Samih al-Qasim
January 11th - Partner in peace award and ceremony at NEVE SHALOM/WAHAT AL-SALAM recognizes two veteran peacemakers
The award was funded and inspired by philanthropist Mr. Richard Goodwin, Director of the Board of the American Friends of Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam, and founder of the Middle East Peace Dialogue Network. Samih al-Qasim is universally known in Palestinian society as a poet, writer and journalist of the first magnitude. He is the author of more than fifty books, many of which have been translated into numerous languages, and he recently received Egypt’s Naguib Mahfouz prize for literature. Now in her 90th year, Ruth Dayan has been an ardent activist for many years, busily championing a variety of causes, the most prominent of which, in recent years, has been women’s empowerment. Dayan helped form Maskit, a fashion house that marshaled the talents of underprivileged women and returned the earnings directly to them. She also founded the Jewish - Arab social group “Brit Bnei Shem / Ibnaa Sam” and has worked on behalf of newcomers to Israel, for Bedouin welfare and rights, and for women’s causes. Additional details and photos from this event can be found by clicking here.
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NSWAS Mayor Rayek Rizek presenting the Partner in Peace Award to Ruth Dayan
December 5,2006 - NEVE SHALOM WAHAT AL-SALAM receives award of the arab american anti-discrimination committee
Deanna Armbruster, executive director of the American Friends of Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam, has been honored at the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee’s (ADC) Annual Fundraising Gala in Dearborn, Michigan with the Building Bridges Award, which is granted annually to an individual who is working on efforts to build relations between groups.
The award was bestowed on December 1 at a fundraising gala titled "Opening
Doorways to Peace". Keynote speaker at the event was HE Sheikh Hamad bin
Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, first deputy PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs for Qatar. Altogether about 1,400 people attended.
As the largest Arab American organization in the United States, the ADC
is committed to defending the rights of Americans of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage. The ADC’s Michigan Director, Mr. Imad
Hamad, championed the award to Ms. Armbruster as a way to raise the profile of the "Oasis of Peace" in the Arab American community.
Ms. Armbruster has earned the award through her strong dedication to
developing the American Friends of Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam in such a
way that Arab and Jewish Americans (as well as others) are strongly
involved. Like the village itself, AFNSWAS is engaged in building bridges.
Ms. Armbruster is, together with Michael Emery, co-author of Tears in
the Holy Land: Voices from Israel & Palestine.
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Special Event in Recognition of 35 Years of the “Oasis of Peace”
Israel-Palestine: Long term prospects for peaceful coexistence - a roundtable discussion and luncheon in Washington D.C.
The American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam hosted a roundtable discussion and luncheon at the Katzen Art Center at the American University in Washington D.C. on Friday, October 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Speakers included: Sara Ehrman, Senior Advisor for the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation; Hon. Samuel Lewis, Former Ambassador of Israel; Aaron David Miller, Former U.S. Middle East Negotiator; Robert Satloff, Executive Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Khalil Jahshan, Pepperdine University; Shibley Telhami, Professor of Peace and Development, University of Maryland; and General Brent Scowcroft, Former National Security Advisor to the President. Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary performed as a featured musical guest. In addition, village residents Ahmad Hijazi, a Palestinian resident of the village, and Ohad Bar Shalom, a Jewish resident of the village, shared their first-hand accounts of living at the “Oasis of Peace.”
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Summer activities at NEVE SHALOM/WAHAT AL-SALAM
As violence raged this summer, programs and activities bringing Jews and Arabs together to build understanding and mutual respect continued at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam: young adults that were born and raised at NSWAS organized a Summer Camp for Palestinian children; the “Agents of Change” Program at the School for Peace held courses as scheduled, no small feat during a time of war; staff of the bilingual, binational Primary School at the “Oasis of Peace” prepared for the new school year, enrolling approximately 180 Jewish and Arab students; and, Arab and Jewish residents of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam shared their feelings about the war and continued communicating across borders and despite differences, when virtually everyone else had stopped. Thank you for your support, warm wishes and concern at this difficult time. The American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam join the village in asserting that now, more than ever, Jews and Arabs must work together to create a better future.
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Roger Waters draws 60,000 people to NEVE SHALOM/WAHAT AL-SALAM | June 22,2006
The fields below Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam were transformed Thursday, June 22nd as legendary musician Roger Waters (co-founder of rock band Pink Floyd) performed the biggest concert of the summer in the region. The concert was sold out, with an estimated 60,000 in attendance and thousands more listening to the concert via radio. Waters chose the “Oasis of Peace” as his concert venue to demonstrate his solidarity and support for those Israelis and Palestinians that are seeking, through nonviolence, to promote peace and justice between the two peoples. Ibrahim Eid and David Broza opened the show. Broza is one of Israel’s biggest rock stars and is often compared to Bruce Springsteen. His grandfather, Wellsley Aron, was among the early residents of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam. The concert received a great deal of media attention, beginning in April when the concert was announced and continuing through and after the event. For a sampling of these articles, please visit the Newsroom. You can also read more and view photos on the village’s website.
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Jewish and arab students of NFSWAS primary school uncover church mosaic
Archaeology in the Middle East can often spark disputes and tensions, but the Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam bilingual, binational Primary School has created an archaeology program that allows Jewish and Arab 5th grade and 6th grade students to discover the ancient history of the area together and to develop a renewed awareness and appreciation of the land that they share. Teachers and parents recently joined Arab and Jewish students as they gently dug through a shallow layer of soil, gradually revealing a mosaic that has lain on the hilltop for sixteen hundred years. As the children uncover the history that lies beneath the “Oasis of Peace,” they engage in some history making of their own as they look toward a different future – a future where Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians, live together in peace. Click here to read a recent article about this project.
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Successful tour of NEVE SHALOM/WAHAT AL-SALAM
The American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam recently held its 2006 tour to the “Oasis of Peace.” The trip provided participants with a chance to experience the unique environment of this bilingual, binational village first-hand. Participants observed the educational programs of the village in action, including the bilingual, binational Primary School/Junior High School and the world-renowned conflict management program, the School for Peace. They also had the opportunity to participate in an interfaith conference at the Bruno Hussar Pluralistic Spiritual Center. The trip also included excursions outside of the village as well.
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Two new families at NEVE SHALOM/WAHAT AL-SALAM share their thoughts and insights
Over the last ten years, Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the "Oasis of Peace," the only community in Israel where Jews and Palestinians have chosen to live, work and raise their children together since 1978, has grown from 35 families to a community with now more than 50 families, still equally balanced between Jews and Palestinians, all of whom are citizens of Israel. The recent growth of the community is a positive sign that others are interested in learning to live together in a mutual commitment to peace. At the same time, as the new families there have discovered, it is a very challenging and difficult place to live and no prior experience can truly prepare someone for living there. Read about the experiences of two families, one Jewish and one Palestinian, who are new residents of the "Oasis of Peace."
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Inspired to give: impressive youth efforts for Oasis of Peace
Over the years, young people across the country have chosen to give their Bar/Bat Mitzvah funds to the American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam (AFNSWAS).
Will Edwards-Mizel chose to support the “Oasis of Peace” as his Bar Mitzvah project by raising funds for tuition fees for two Primary School students, a total of $1,700. To achieve this, Will mapped a 31-town, 110-mile, 2-day bike ride and sent letters to local businesses to sponsor his ride, receiving many gifts. He also shared information about the “Oasis of Peace” at his Bar Mitzvah and surpassed his financial goal. Still, he continued, sending an e-mail to his entire congregation. Will explains, “We studied a lot about social justice and tikkun olam (repairing the world). I wanted to do something that reflected what Shir Hadash (his congregation) stands for.”
Jacob Rosenson Montgomery also decided to support the village through his Bar Mitzvah, asking guests to make contributions to AFNSWAS in lieu of gifts (he chose to support the American Jewish World Service special campaign for Darfur as well). In addition, Jacob purchased (with a little help from his parents) “Oasis of Peace” key chains to give to all of the guests at his Bar Mitvah and got to meet two representatives from the “Oasis of Peace” during a tour last April.
We often receive gifts from Bar/Bat Mitzvah's, weddings, anniversaries, in memory of loved ones, and other celebrations and recognitions. We invite you to think about ways that you might be able to help support the "Oasis of Peace." Both the American Friends of NSWAS and the community have been impressed and touched by such efforts; these youth are making a difference. The “Oasis of Peace” is happy to know that its mission continues to inspire others!
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Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam Featured on Philadelphia's WHYY Radio
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam was featured on Philadelphia's WHYY 91FM radio of greater Philadelphia on August 29 in the hour-long program Voices in the Family with host Dan Gottlieb. Ahmad Hijazi, a Palestinian resident of the village and a facilitator at the School for Peace, and Nava Sonnenschein, a Jewish resident of the village and director of the School for Peace, were the featured guests of the program, with Deanna Armbruster, Executive Director of AFNSWAS opening and closing the interview. Listen to this edition of Voices in the Family.
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Richard Goodwin Receives Ambassador of Peace Award from the American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia
April 9, 2005
American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam President Deborah First and Ambassador Samuel Lewis were honored to present the Ambassador of Peace Award to Richard C. Goodwin in recognition and appreciation of his commitment to peace and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, Arabs and Jews through support of the American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam and many, many other organizations. The Goodwin Foundation, the Middle East Peace Dialogue Network, and Richard’s personal philanthropic fund give support to over 130 charities, including the Israel Policy Forum, the National Liberty Museum, the Goodwin Holocaust Museum, Americans for Peace Now, Seeds of Peace, and the Nisan Young Women Leaders organization. Such efforts are part of Goodwin’s belief in the power of education to change the world. “Society must learn to accept people’s different cultures and backgrounds. The key to reducing much of the violence in the world is communication and education,” Richard says. Over 150 friends, admirers and respected colleagues attended the Award Ceremony, demonstrating their appreciation for Richard’s work. The National Liberty Museum hosted the event and the Museum founder, Irv Borowsky was the Master of Ceremonies.
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"Alternative Avenues for Peace in Israel/Palestine” Educational Forum at Harvard University
April 15, 2005
This unique forum was co-sponsored by the Outreach Center at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard and the American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam and held at the Fong Auditorium at Harvard. Abdessalam Najjar and Michal Zak, of the “Oasis of Peace” were the Keynote speakers for the event, which was the concluding event of their 10-day speaking tour in the United States. The Keynote session was followed by a panel workshop with Lee Gordon and Ala Khatib, Founder and Principal of Hand in Hand: The Center for Jewish Arab Education in Israel, Lucy Nusseibeh, Women and Public Policy Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and head of Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy, and Nahanni Rous, Program Manager at Just Vision. After the panel discussion, attendees mingled with each other and the speakers and enjoyed Middle Eastern food and a screening of the Academy-Award Nominated documentary, PROMISES. Barbara Petzen, Outreach Coordinator of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard, also presented an innovative educational curriculum designed for use with PROMISES by teachers in their classrooms. More than 70 people attended the event.
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Oasis of Peace at “Toward Justice and Reconciliation,” Global Peace Initiative of Women Conference
December 15-18, 2004
The Global Peace Initiative of Women, which began in Oslo, Norway in June of 2003, hosted an invitational conference in Jordan to bring together Palestinian and Israeli women who are working for peace in the region to network with one another and strengthen their efforts. Central to the conference were business initiatives, peace education, the role of the media and the capacity of religion to play a greater role in promoting peace. Attendees came from 20 countries, including delegates from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Attendees also included notable Nobel Peace Laureates and prominent international government leaders with a total of 240 delegates participating in the 3-day conference. Eight delegates were invited from the Oasis of Peace: Dorit Shippin, Maram Masarwi, Nava Sonnenschein, Nihiya Daoud, Daniella Kitain, Shireen Najjar, Daphna Karta-Schwartz, and Maisoun Abbas Karmen. American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam President Deborah First and Executive Director Deanna Armbruster also attended the event.
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Oasis of Peace at the Chautauqua Institition
In July 2004, four women from the Oasis of Peace spent one week discussing their lives as peacemakers and friends at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York. The Chautauqua Institution, founded in 1874, hosts over 142,000 visitors each summer for lectures, workshops, and public events ranging from arts to religion. Nihaya Daoud, Dafna Karta-Schwartz, Daniella Kitain, and Maram Masarwi were featured as part of Chautauqua's Religion Department's program, "Women Breaking Barriers: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." Click here to download (PDF, 16KB) excerpts from two of the women’s speeches. To download audio clips (4MB each) of their speeches, right click on the following links and click "Save Target As...": Dafna Karta-Schwartz | Nihaya Daoud | Maram Masarwi | Daniella Kitain
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Adi & Laila Tour a Success
Thanks to all of our friends and supporters who helped make Laila Najjar and Adi Frish's U.S. speaking tour a success. Adi, who is Jewish, and Laila, a Palestinian Arab, addressed over 50 events during their 8-city, two week visit. Among their many interviews, Laila and Adi appeared on Radio Free Santa Cruz and on Madison's WORT FM's feminist news show Her Turn. Click here to read a letter they wrote upon ending their tour. In addition, highlights from conversations with Adi & Laila are now available for download. Click here to visit the download page. Versions are available for both high-speed and dial-up connections, but they both require Windows Media Player to view.
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Walter Cronkite, Peace Talks Radio Visit NSWAS
Cronkite opens the program with this statement about the Oasis of Peace: “Some argue that Israeli Jews and Palestinians can never live together. But over 20 years ago, a group of people formed a small village to prove them wrong. Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salaam, just outside Jerusalem, is Israel's only integrated Palestinian and Jewish community. They have conflicts, they argue, they vote. Most importantly, they continue to live together. The town's accumulated experiences hold some valuable lessons for important lessons for the future.” Click here to download the transcript of the rest of the program (PDF, 35KB).
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1000 Women for the Nobel Prize
In May 2004, the village of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the “Oasis of Peace” hosted a meeting with the Swiss coordinators of a 1000 Peace Women, a project to award the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize to 1,000 women working for peace. Click here to read more about this visit.
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NSWAS Art Exhibit
In April and May 2003, the American Friends Service Committee and the American Friends of NSWAS presented an art exhibit in Pasadena, California, featuring the artwork of the children of the "Oasis of Peace." An opening reception was held April 10, 2003, at 7 pm. Deanna Armbruster, Executive Director of American Friends of NSWAS, was a featured speaker. Click here to view the artwork (PDF, 500KB). If you would like to print out any of the artwork, click here to download a high-resolution version of the artwork (PDF, 4.5MB).
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Jane Fonda and Eve Ensler of the Vagina Monologues Visited NSWAS for an Evening with Women Activists
About 250 Palestinian and Jewish women were in attendance to network on solutions to problems facing women and hear Eve Ensler recite excerpts from her award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues. Click here to read more about Jane Fonda’s visit.
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NSWAS Honored by Episcopal Diocese of Washington
With the work of long-time NSWAS supporters Ambassador Sam Lewis (a member of our Honorary Council) and his wife Sallie, NSWAS was honored on December 4, 2002, by the Commission on Peace of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington at the Washington National Cathedral during their Annual Peacemakers Award Dinner. The village was honored along with co-recipient, the Arab Evangelical Episcopal School in Ramallah. The Commission on Peace, founded in 1982, seeks to bring a Christian and Episcopal perspective to issues of peace, justice, and reconciliation. Previous recipients of this award include CARE and Desmond Tutu. Director Shibley Telhami accepted the award on behalf of the community in front of more than 200 friends and supporters in the Washington, DC area attending the dinner and ceremony. Click here to read an article about the evening that appeared in The Washington Post on December 7th.
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Oasis of Dreams: Teaching & Learning Peace in a Jewish-Palestinian Village in Israel
This book by Professor Grace Feuerverger, published by Routledge Falmer, is available for purchase through our website. Click here to download the order form. Dr. Feuerverger was interviewed March 31, 2002 by CBC Radio One's "Tapestry." Click here to listen to the interview online.
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PROMISES Film Screening
On Thursday, February 21, 2002, the American Friends of NSWAS teamed up with Cowboy Pictures and the Promises Film Project to screen PROMISES, a 74th Annual Academy Award® nominee for best documentary by B.Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro, and Carlos Bolado. To learn more about PROMISES, click here.
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The Umbrella Project
Created by AFNSWAS friend Hilda Brown, The Umbrella Project continues to bring color and unity to the children of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam. Click here for background and photos.
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