Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam is a village in Israel shared by Jews and Arabs. Situated between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam was founded in the early 1970s. By 2007, more than 50 families had come to live in the village, with an equal number of Jews and Arabs, and there are plans for the village to eventually include about 140 homes.
The members of the peace village demonstrate the possibility of coexistence between Jews and Arabs by living in a community based on mutual acceptance, respect and cooperation. The village is democratically governed and owned by its members, and the community is not affiliated with any political party or movement.
Central to the success of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam is the bilingual nursery and school that operates in the village, the first Jewish-Arab bilingual children’s educational programme established in Israel. The school teaches in both Hebrew and Arabic and enrols children from the surrounding area who now make up 90% of its pupils.
14 July 2016
Alternative memorial in mixed Israeli village to commemorate rescuers in all genocides, including some Holocaust saviors never acknowledged by Yad Vashem.
15 June 2016
The first-ever Arab Israeli has been appointed as the dean of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the institution announced.
Prof. Michael (Mousa) Karayanni, from a Christian Greek Orthodox family in Kafr Yasif in the Galilee, was unanimously voted to the position by the faculty last Wednesday, to replace the outgoing dean, Prof. Yuval Shani, who has held the post for the past four years.
6 August 2015
Arabs and Jews coexist at Oasis of Peace in ways they don’t elsewhere in Israel, but they grapple with the same issues. In Israel, no one seems to be in a hurry to copy the model set out by Bruno Hussar in other communities. But at the same time, few people who have lived in Neve Shalom ever leave it. That says something. It is still there, it is growing, it exists.
4 July 2015
For three decades the school at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has taught our children how to grow and become adults with a cohesive national and human identity, without fear of the other. Today, however, the future looks as uncertain as ever.
5 June 2015
"The basic premise of this school is coexistence, which is so important to us as Jews and as Israelis to have both with our neighbors and with the non-Jewish citizens in our country, including the Druze, Israeli-Arabs, Christians and Circassians," Netanyahu said during her visit.
3 November 2014
The UK Task Force and Oasis of Peace UK hosted a discussion on the challenges and opportunities of living in a shared society in Israel