On April 27, Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam hosted an open day for the diplomatic corps in Israel. This followed on the success of a similar day in 1996. In the program was a general introduction to the village and its educational work, and a tour, followed by a picnic, which gave our guests the opportunity to mingle with people of the community.
Notwithstanding an incipient hamsin, which had mantled the skies with dust-bearing clouds and delivered occasional rain, the day proved to be a success, with a high turnout of ambassadors and embassy staff.
Among these were representatives from 18 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The American ambassador came for an hour, on his way to greet Dennis Ross and Martin Indyk, who had come to the country for another round of talks. The ambassadors of Belgium, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Peru were present, as were deputy heads of mission or senior officers from Canada, Chile, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Moldova, Rwanda, Switzerland, the UK, Yugoslavia and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
On the same day, we also had a visit by former German ambassador and long-time friend Mr. Niels Hanson.
from left to right:
1. Abdessalam Najjar with Ambassador Walker outside the Golder-Goodwin Language Center.
2. Ety Edlund talks to the diplomats about the Primary School.
3. Shir, Dafna Karta-Schwartz and Daniella Kitai'n with the Ghanan representatives.
4. The Egyptian Second Secretary with Rayek Rizek.
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