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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.


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

  • Bob Mark in Educational Conference

    Friday 22 April 2016
    WAS-NS resident Bob Mark was invited to speak on his bilingual education research at the 2nd Annual Symposium of the Israel Comparative Education Society.
  • How Israel erases Arabic from the public landscape

    Sunday 6 December 2015
    The Israeli government has begun omitting the Arabic name for Jerusalem from its street signs, erasing not only the language from the Israeli consciousness, but Palestinian identity (...)
  • Olive picking and community action

    Friday 30 October 2015
    Saturday 17th October was one of those days that will stay in our memory forever. In a region where everything, even the olive harvest is politicized, it was very moving to see the Palestinian (...)
  • Statement on the current situation

    Monday 12 October 2015
    The residents of Wahat al-Salam / Neve Shalom condemn the cycle of violence and call on both sides to put an end to it.
  • Samah Salaime Ighbariyeh

    Tuesday 26 May 2015
    Samah was born in 1975 in the northern village of Turan, where she also attended school. She is married to Umar Ighbariyeh and the couple have three boys: Warad (18), Muhammad (14) and Adam (7). (...)
  • Dr. Raid Haj Yehia

    Monday 25 May 2015
    Spotlight on members: Dr. Raid Haj Yehia
  • Garden for Franca Ciccolo

    Sunday 24 May 2015
    A garden for our long-time friend in Italy, Franca Ciccolo, who passed away in 2014, was inaugurated in the village.
  • Narratives in conflict: A postcolonial interpretation of youth encounters between Jews and Palestinians from Israel

    Tuesday 31 March 2015 by Michal Zak
    In this article we share findings from research on encounters between Palestinian and Jewish youth from Israel. Our findings are based on narrative analysis of in-depth interviews with 100 young (...)

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