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The reality of Wahat al-Salam - Neve Shalom as a binational community serves as the base for its educational work. This section has articles and reports on the village’s government, infrastructure, and future development plans, some pages about community members, and a chronicle of events. Information regarding the volunteer program can be found here. (For more about the village, see also "Information".)


Wahat al-Salam - Neve Shalom was founded in 1970 on land leased (and later given) to it by the adjacent Monastery of Latroun. In 1977 the first family came to reside here. By 2015, about 60 families were settled in the village. The first stage of an expansion plan will bring another 34 families.

The members of Wahat al-Salam - Neve Shalom are demonstrating the possibility of coexistence between Jews and Palestinians by developing a community based on mutual acceptance, respect and cooperation.

Democratically governed and owned by its members, the community is not affiliated with any political party or movement. Wahat al-Salam - Neve Shalom gives practical expression to its vision through its various branches.

  • Chronicles

    Records of community events in recent years can be found here.

  • Community government

    WAS-NS is managed by an annually elected steering committee ("secretariat") chaired by a "secretary general" - a paid position equivalent to mayor. Matters of policy, acceptance of new members, annual budget, etc, are made in assemblies of all the members.

  • Founder - Bruno Hussar

    Wahat al-Salam - Neve Shalom was founded by the dominican brother Bruno Hussar (1911 - 1996), with the intention of creating a place where the people of this land would live together despite national and religious differences, and who would conduct educational work for peace.

  • Infrastructure

    The land of WAS-NS and public buildings are owned by the village. Public works projects are carried where possible with state support. Items like street lighting and sewer system hook-ups often need to be funded by members. Friends, donors and foundations help to fund construction of public buildings and large infrastructure expenses.

  • People pages

    The majority of the 100+ adult residents understandably prefer to keep their personal lives to themselves. However, this section contains some articles and interviews featuring past and present members and links to personal sites (see right column).

  • Services, rentals, shopping

    Private ventures by community members: apartments for rent, shopping, dining, etc.


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Articles

  • Community Vegetable Garden

    Saturday 1 April 2017
    Eyal Tamir, who rents an apartment in the village, initiated a community vegetable garden, caring for which has become a popular Saturday morning activity for the (...)
  • A day for peace heroes

    Wednesday 8 February 2017
    The gift of an olive tree from the Palestinian Authority, hosting of the Peace NGO forum and performances by well known singers made for a special day.
  • WAS-NS takes part in mass rally in Tel Aviv

    Sunday 5 February 2017
    Representatives of the community and graduates of the School for Peace were among those demonstrating against racism and incitement
  • Get together for new families

    Wednesday 1 February 2017
    The community held a festive evening for a group of ten recently accepted families, and village members.
  • Visit of Leymah Gbowee

    Friday 21 October 2016
    In the framework of an occasion organized by the Women Wage Peace organization, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee of Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace visited (...)
  • Israel’s channel 1 features Circassians event

    Sunday 26 June 2016
    Israel’s Channel 1 weekly news journal "רואים עולם" featured the earlier reported event for the Circassians, an interview with Prof. Yair Auron and a recounting of their (...)
  • Booklet on Bruno Hussar

    Tuesday 24 May 2016 by Anne Le Meignen
    In honor of the 20th anniversary year of Bruno’s death, this is a translation of articles originally published by Anne Le Meignen in 1996.
  • Our Bruno

    Tuesday 24 May 2016 by Joseph Emmanuel
    Joseph Emmanuel (1933 - 2013) wrote this for a booklet written by Anne Le Meignen, which he translated into Hebrew.

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