British Friends of NSWaS supports the educational programmes of the village and community of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam (Hebrew and Arabic for Oasis of Peace), the first place where Jewish and Palestinian Israeli citizens have made a determined choice to live, work and educate their children together in the spirit of equality, respect and understanding. Dedicated to promoting peace, the village is known far and wide for its Primary School and Kindergarten, School for Peace and Pluralistic Spiritual Centre.
British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam embrace NSWaS’s ideals of justice and equality, and respect for religious, ethnic, cultural and national difference. Its mission is to support Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam’s (NSWaS) schools and educational programmes and to raise public awareness and support in the UK of NSWaS (the village and its institutions) and the values for which it stands. Its activities in the UK include awareness and fundraising events – concerts, presentations and lectures. We also bring over residents of NSWaS to visit schools and colleges in the UK, and to give presentations at a variety of venues throughout the country. We are supported by grant-making trusts and foundations, by generous and concerned individuals as well as by religious and secular institutions. We arrange an annual accompanied visit to NSWaS, with an interesting programme that includes a dialogue workshop organised by the School for Peace.
“We’re looking forward to reaching a wide and varied Jewish audience, with whom to raise awareness of the example of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam as upholder and promoter of the civil and human rights of all Israel’s citizens, as stated in its founding principles. This is not only for the benefit of the minority non-Jewish citizens but is also in the interest of Israel’s ultimate security and its reputation on the world stage.”
Benita Hide, Executive Director, British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam
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