"Trouble in Paradise"
July 28: The Ha'Aretz newspaper published today what is, in general, a negative report of the social situation in NSWAS. The article can be found in the archives of the newspaper's website The article focuses upon various social conflicts troubling the village at present. The Community's responses to the article appear below.
To: Ha'Aretz Newspaper
August 7, 2000
"Letters to the Editor"
a senior member of NS/WAS, and a co-founder of the community, together
with the visionary founder Bruno Hussar, I feel it's my personal
obligation to respond and bring forth my testimony, following the article
of the reporter Neri Livne, which appeared in the Friday supplement of
your newspaper on Friday, July 28, 2000.
article caused a lot of sorrow to many of NS/WAS's friends and I believe
that amendment is essential.
is my testimony that NS/WAS is a place to be honored, dealing with an
exceptional challenge of living together of Israeli Jews and Palestinian
Arabs. My companions, whom I have seen coming to us one by one, are good
people, whom I respect and admire. For the last twenty years they have
been initiating exemplary projects, which are important and renowned in
Israel and abroad. Without those people, our land would have stayed
barren, just as we received it in 1970.
is my testimony that NS/WAS is a community still searching its way through
trials and hardships. Its collisions with the social and political reality
outside intensify the usual problems, which are common within every group
of people who try to do things together. Hardships and sufferings are not
alien to us: these are human, reasonable, a proof that we are real, like
everyone else. We are very much aware of our problems and were not waiting
for a journalistic article in order to sit together and sort them out.
if someone from our community takes the liberty to publicize certain
events, which are regretful, of course, and which can happen in our
community like in any other; even if this person thinks that our community
does not deserve its name anymore and we need to "burn the
laundromat" - still I am sure that most of us continue to believe in
the challenge, which we have chosen - to live together in mutual respect
and fraternity. The way is not easy but we do not doubt it and people who
don't agree to this way have no place among us.
will not change the world, but we do offer an alternative and try to hold
on to it, with modesty and despite difficulties. With God's help we will
continue to grow and fulfill the modest service which we took upon