Spielend kennenlernen – Encounter made easy

Die britische Organisation 3FF ist eine der führenden interkulturellen und interreligiösen Organisationen in Europa und bringt vor allen Schülern und Schülerinnen  das Anderssein vor Augen.  Darunter auch jüdisch – muslimische Zusammenführungen.  Ich habe 3FF in ihrem Londoner Hauptquartier für die Jüdische Allgemeine besucht.


Der gesamte Bericht kann hier auf dem Archiv der Jüdischen Allgemeinen gelesen werden:  www.juedische-allgemeine.de/article/view/id/16637

ENGLISH: The British organisation 3FF is one of the leading groups in Europe that facilitates encounter with others for especially school children.  Amongst these are also Jewish – Muslim meetings.  I visited 3FF’s London HQ for the ‘Juedische Allgemeine.’

Read the full report here:  (use googletranslate to get a reasonable translation into English):


Das erste mal traf ich auf 3FF bei einen interreligiösen Seminar.  Stephen Shashoua arbeitete damals noch als Koordinator und ich war Presse und Erziehungsbeauftragter der British Friends von Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al Salam, dem jüdisch, palästinensischen Friedensdorf.  EIn paar Jahre später wurden ich und ein paar Kollegen von 3FF eingeladen ihnen die Konfliktarbeit zwischen Palästinensern und Juden zu erklären.

Über die Jahre ist 3FF von einer eher textlich fokussierten Organisation, die Ähnlichkeiten zwischen den Glauben Abrahams suchte, zu einer Organisation herangewachsen, die alle Verschiedenheiten vermitteln will und kann.  Dabei reden sie heute offen über die Unterschiede und wie man mit ihnen leben kann.

Mehr über sie kann man hier auf Englisch erfahren.  www.3ff.org.uk

ENGLISH: I first came across 3FF at an interfaith meeting and met the then director Stephen Shashoua. He was then just coordinator and I was working as a press and education officer for the British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al Salam.  (Listen to an audio feature of mine abiut the School for Peace) Years later 3FF became interested in the way the School of Peace facilitates encounters between Jews and Palestinians and invited me along with colleagues for a talk. 

3FF has certainly matured over the years.  Starting from a biblical and textual workshop that focused on similarities, it now can handle any type of encounter it gets challenged with, and moreso focuses on understanding and accepting differences.

Find out more about them here:  www.3ff.org.uk

PR for British Friends of Neve Shalom~Wahat al-Salam April 2011


Come and support us at our “ruby celebratory” concert in London with The London Mozart Trio on Tuesday 21st June 2011, 7.30pm at the beautiful Hampstead Town Hall in London and our guest of honour Michael Morpurgo OBE author, poet and playwright.

Musical Programme featuring:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ……………. Piano Trio No 4 in E Major K542
Rachmaninoff ………………………………Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor
Bohuslav Martinů ……………………………Piano Trio No.2 in D minor
Post-concert reception (including best ticket) £60

Concert only ……………………………………… £30

All Profits going towards the educational facilities of the peace village,
including the mixed Palestinian Jewish kindergarten and primary school.

Tickets obtainable online using Pay Pal or your Credit or Debit Card:

Choose your ticket
Reception & Concert £60.00 Concert Only £30.00

Or from the British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam office. Pay by cheque, or debit and credit cards (Visa and Mastercard only). By POST British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam, Premier House, 112 Station Road, Edgware, Middx. HA8 7BJ

Or PHONE 020 8952 4717 A donation would be appreciated if you are unable to attend. E-MAIL: gillian.g@oasisofpeaceuk.org


Oasis of Peace UK

We support the educational programmes of the Primary School, School for Peace and Pluralistic Spiritual Centre of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam (Hebrew and Arabic for Oasis of Peace). It is the first place where Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel 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 vital educational programmes and its example of shared co-existence.


The London Mozart Trio

This is the second time The London Mozart Trio has been prepared to donate their precious time and kind efforts for the benefit of the Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam. When the trio accepted their latest new member, Sagi Hartov who happened to be Jewish Israeli, engagement with the peace village became even more poignant. Sagi Hartov explains with enthusiasm: „The Trio believes in the idea of collaboration without borders and in the concept of helping to build peace through music. Through our performance we wish to contribute to the aspirations of the village of living together in harmony and to remember and celebrate the achievement of peace in this unique place.“ The Trio stands firmly established as one of the most versatile and exciting chamber ensembles to emerge in recent years, the London Mozart Trio (formed1989) has attracted considerable critical acclaim for its many committed performances and profound musicianship. They have released a number of CDs in the UK and overseas.


Michael Morpurgo (special guest)

We are delighted that Michael Morpurgo will join us for the evening. Author of The Kites are Flying, he recently visited the Village to meet children from the Primary School, where they made kites together. After his visit he said: The more schools there are like this [Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam] the more children can meet and talk when they are young the greater chances of reconciliation.


Post Concert Reception
After the concert, which will take place in the stunning grade ll listed Hampstead Town Hall, there will be a chance to meet the performers and guests and join us for wine, non alcoholic drinks and enticing Middle Eastern delicacies.

Hampstead Town Hall
213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP
Nearest Underground Stn: Belsize Park,
Buses: 168, C11, 268, 46

Children from the mixed Jewish and Palestinian school in NSWAS

Mozart Trio
Pictures free for use in relation to above event only.

This notice was issued through Daniel Zylbersztajn Journalism & PR on behalf of British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam, Premier House, 112 Station Road, Edgware, Middx HA8 7BJ, T. 020 8952 4717 E-Mail: gillian.g@oasisofpeaceuk.org, Website: www.oasisofpeaceuk.org, Charity No. 290062

Press Release / PR British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam

This was written as part pf apress release and used for   British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam in October 2010.  It had two follow ups explaining the importance of the event to editors.

Event: Outreach for Peace

Top Negotiation Leaders between Palestinians and Jews with 30 years experience, here in London

Ian Black, Middle East Editor of The Guardian,
in conversation with Dr. Nava Sonnenschein and Ahmad Hijazi
(Nava is Jewish and Ahmad Palestinian.  Both are Israeli citizens)

Monday 25th Oct, 2010, 6.30 p.m., Friends House, London (opposite Euston Station).

Nava and Ahmad will be talking about the renowned School for Peace (SfP),
noted throughout the world as a centre of excellence for conflict transformation.

Situated within a community which has defied every single conflict between
in the Middle East over more than 30 years, the SfP is creating peace
through its every-day work on the ground, and the never-ending thinking and
re-thinking on how to achieve this.

Nava and Ahmad will be telling their story, how they have been inspired to adopt
a life beyond the imagination of many, and the vital and important work at the
unique village of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam.

Tickets £15, available through British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam (Reg. UK Charity),
Premier House, 112  Station Rd, Edgware, HA8 7BJ, gillian.nswas@btconnect.com 020 8952 4717

Israel – Palestine – Middle East – Jews – Arabs – Palestinians – Conflict Resolution – Conflict Transformation – Neve Shalom –
Wahat al Salam – London Events – Peace – Community Cohesion



School for Peace in Oasis of Peace. A feature about conflict facilitation between Jews and Palestinians in Wahat al Salam ~ Neve Shalom

This 30 feature radio documentary was produced on behalf of the British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al Salam. It documents the work of the School for Peace, the famous encounter centre that allows Jews and Palestinians to meet and discuss the conflict between them. 30min.
A full transcript is available.

Click here to listen

Synopsis: Wahat al Salam ~ Neve Shalom is a peace village, on the Israeli side of former no-mans land dividing Israel and Jordan prior to 1967, in which Palestinians and Jews live together for over 30 years. It houses amongst others one of the most remarkable conflict transformation and encounter centres in the world, the School for Peace. Daniel Zylbersztajn went to visit the centre and spoke with some of its key people, as well as some of the persons currently going through the encounter process. It reveals some unknown secrets of effective facilitation of conflict. esolution 44 khz.Full Length: 29:45Average sound level: not exceeding -6dBDate Produced: May 2009QEP project file available. Creative Commons Licence.

This feature by Daniel Zylbersztajn and the British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al Salam is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
Based on a work at daniel-zylbersztajn.blogspot.com.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://daniel-zylbersztajn.blogspot.com/.

Press Release BF NSWAS 2009

Press Release by Daniel Z. for the British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al Salam
Information contained within let to publication on the matter in a leading national British newspaper. Hyper-Links and some contact details have been removed from this version


Fao: Education Editor / Writer

How to teach Palestine / Israel in your school and reduce conflict amongst teenagers in Britain at the same time?

The dilemma of the recent crisis in Gaza is well known to many schoolteachers across the country. Our media-literate children bring the big questions of international politics right into the classroom. Too often the response by teachers is a shoulder shrug, or referral of the matter to outside the classroom. This can even happen in subjects that otherwise touch on the matter, e.g. citizenship, R.E, geography.

But the search for answers should not be refused. “Children are too bright to allow their questions to be shelved or rebuffed!” says educational trainer Susan Denton-Brown, a former head of R.E, who leads a training course for teachers on behalf of the British Friends of Neve SHalom ~ Wahat al Salam (Oasis of Peace).

The British Friends (with the long name) represent a village that still surprises many by its mere existence, in spite of having been founded over 30 years’ ago. Wahat-al Salam – Neve Shalom, or WaSNS, is a village in which Palestinians and Jews have chosen to live together and establish institutions that demonstrate that choice. Whilst all in the village are citizens of Israel, their impact is felt far across the border, including Britain. The village of WaSNS houses, amongst others, a bilingual, bi-cultural and multi-faith kindergarten and primary school (where children are taught simultaneously in Arabic and Hebrew), a world renowned conflict transformation centre entitled appropriately the School for Peace, a hotel for guests of all backgrounds, and a pluralistic spiritual centre.

“The Gaza war at the beginning of this year represented a great challenge for all the villagers, and also the British Friends,” says UK director Benita Hide, but “we all have been there before, many times, and successfully persevered.” It is especially the commitment to dialogue that acknowledges differences, and an agreement on the shared benefits of peace that has ensured that the community is still a flourishing and growing Oasis of Peace. There are now over 50 families (Jews and Palestinians equally) living on a stretch of former no-man’s land that was once the border between Jordan and Israel up until 1967.

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For teachers in the UK, the British Friends have developed a powerful teaching resource, Dealing with Conflict. Not only does it teach students about this remarkable village, but it gives a chronology of the Palestinian – Israeli conflict since 1919, in two columns; on one side the general Arab / Palestinian version, on the other the Jewish / Israeli. What’s more, there are over 50 activities inspired by the School for Peace, that are carefully integrated to meet different constituents of the citizenship curriculum. Dealing with Conflict not only aims to explain the conflict in the Middle East through games and thoughtful role play, but actually creates awareness of conflicts that may affect students own lives. Everything from identity, personal interests, the role of international organisations and the media, to personal peer pressure is explored.

The charity has given itself a heavy task. Susan Denton-Brown explains: “We are not happy with the mere distribution of the resource, but want to give teachers, and ultimately students, an insight into conflict transformation, and how to deal with conflict. This is why we decided, right from the start, that our resource should be accompanied with some basic training and reflection for the teachers who want to use the teaching pack.”

Dealing with Conflict is an invaluable tool for satisfying government demands for schools to teach community cohesion and mediation skills in their citizenship education programme. The authors have taken time to show how each bit of the pack matches the current needs of the national curriculum (key stages 3- 4).

Finally, there is something for students who strive to discuss and comprehend what they see on TV or read about on the internet regarding Palestine / Israel. The pack is well balanced and resourced and will make a real difference in classrooms across the country.

The next training day for Dealing with Conflict is scheduled for the 3rd of February 2009 at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London.

For all questions, bookings or a pack contact

British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al Salam http://www.oasisofpeaceuk.org/

020 8952 4717


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Notes to editor:

No embargo!

Contacts: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX information removed for privacy

Daniel Zylbersztajn, Press, PR & Education. Member of NUJ, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Some extracts of Dealing with Conflict and other information can be viewed on http://www.oasisofpeaceuk.org (select education).
Training and Facilitation

Introduction to the Resources



The Editors

Further information

1. Who or what is Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam? Wahat-al Salam ~ Neve Shalom

2. 10 Minute Video about Wahat al-Salam ~ Neve Shalom

3. Binational / Bilingual Primary School of Wahat al-Salam

4. First Lessons In Peace
Inspirations of Peace

5. What is the School for Peace? School for Peace

6. Who are British Friends of Wahat al Salam ~ Neve Shalom (Oasis of Peace)?

Oasis of peace

7. General Press: Church Times, Radio Four Midweek (select 21st of May) , BBC World Wide TV (27th May) , BBC World Service (20th May and June 08 Persian Service), Radio Netherland, Daily Telegraph

8. Susan Denton Brown Article (opens pdf)

Neve Shalon ~ Wahat al -Salam workshop

This press release and invite was first published by me in Nov. 2008f for the British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam.

Conflict Transformation Workshop in London based on Wahat al Salam ~Neve Shalom

Here are details about two brilliant events in the near future in London. British Friends of Wahat al Salam ~ Neve Shalom have asked me if I could post this on my blog. I gladly oblidge.

واحه السلام

נוה שלום

Oasis of Peace


Wahat Al-Salam ~ Neve Shalom
British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al Salam www.oasisofpeaceuk.org
Premier House,112 Station Road,
Edgware, Middx.HA8 7BJ
Title: Applied Methods of the School for Peace in Wahat al Salam / Neve Shalom

Event Type:
Training Day Opportunity for Anyone with an interest in the Middle East, Israel, Palestine, Community Workers, Mediators, and Allied Professions and for anyone likely to deal groups in conflict. Location: London, England, 13th. Nov 2008, 9.30-16.30
We would like to offer the opportunity to gain some exceptional insights in dealing with people in conflict. It is a unique opportunity, which we are only able to offer this due to generous funding from a supporting trust, and hence hope you are just as excited as we are about this.

Details: Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam (The Oasis of Peace): This internationally famous community, where Arab and Jewish families have chosen to live together, works for peace in two crucial ways:

* it is witness to the possibility of peaceful co-operation between the two sides in the conflict, and

* for over thirty years it has run encounter workshops, where members of the Arab and Jewish communities in the region are facing each other, almost always for the first time, to confront the reality of their situation and look for ways forward.
WaSNS is located on the former no-man’s land along the pre-1967 armistice line, and infamous site of former war between Jordan and Israel, the grounds of the hills of Latrun monastery. By coincidence, not far from the Israeli Defence Forces tank museum, Jews and Arabs have chosen to live together for now 30 years in an almost polar destination for peace in the region. As far as we know it is the only place lasting that long, that was erected with the intention of the two sides living together.

The institution, School for Peace, set within the village is a renowned and internationally recognized centre of excellence in the transformation of conflict trough encounters between Arabs and Jews. It parallels with other centres in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Bosnia and other high conflict centres world-wide.

In our unique London one-day workshop on the 13th of November 2008, or prearranged at your own institute / organization, we focus on the methods of the School for Peace. We like to pass on some of its core ideas and skills.

This is a unique way of thinking through conflict beyond arbitration, and to consider issues of power, language, religion, ethnicity and general approach to a conflict like the one between Israelis and Palestinians or the ones you may face in your own work.

We also run a series of workshops for teachers for example on the 3rd of February at St Ethelburgas, London, which is more geared towards their needs.

The British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam can also provide training nationwide on requested location.

Susan Denton-Brown our trainer is a former Head of Religious Education from West Sussex (1988-2006). She always had an interest in non-violence and conflict transformation and began to pilot British Friends of WaSNS “Dealing with Conflict” Teacher’s Pack eight years ago in her classroom, contributing to its publication in 1999. She later became one of the first British School for Peace trained facilitators. She is also inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent approaches to conflict, and is developing training materials for the Gandhi Foundation UK, as well as working on her own educational resource.

Our aim in the workshops is to provide a good understanding of the processes involved in our specific conflict transformation, as practised by the world renowned mediation centre, The School for Peace (SFP) at Wahat al-Salam ~ Neve Shalom and the experiences and challenges posed here.

70 Pounds full rate, 50 Pounds concessions. Includes the book Palestinian and Israeli Identities in Dialogue.” Optional: Dealing with Conflict, A Teaching Resource £20.

The base fees can be topped up with optional further donations to the charity.

Please book well in advance, by emailing or phoning us.

When? 09.30-16.30, 13th of November 2008 – one day
Location: Sion Centre for Dialogue and Encounter
34 Chapstow Villas
W11 2QZ

Bookings and Enquieres Benita Hide
Tel. 020-89524717

We also offer on site training throughout Great Britain on request.

  1. Who is Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al Salam? Wahat-Al Salam ~ Neve Shalom
  2. What is the School for Peace? School for Peace
  3. Who are British Friends of Wahat al Salam ~ Neve Shalom (Oasis of Peace)Oasis of peace
  4. General Press: Church Times, Radio Four Midweek (select 21st of May) , BBC World Wide TV (27th May) , BBC World Service (20th May and June 08 Persian Service), Radio Netherland, Daily Telegraph
  5. Susan Denton Brown Article (opens pdf)
  6. Wahat al Salam in Arabic

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Three faiths poetry evening
2008 is the European Year of Inter-cultural Dialogue. How to celebrate this and make it mean something? Three poets from three different faiths are coming together at St John’s Wood Church in the evening of 6 November to perform work – their own and others’ – which they feel represents their own interpretation and appreciation of inter-cultural dialogue.
Rana Kabbani, Rabbi Mark Solomon and BH Fraser, the City poet will talk about their poetry choices and read from 1830.
Speaking about why they are taking part in this event, Rabbi Solomon finds that poetry distils the essence of human experience and aspiration, and so hopes that sharing poetry in an interfaith gathering will create a bridge of understanding and profound sympathy which will carry us all to greater knowledge and hope.
Benjie Fraser feels that in times of crisis and uncertainty, there is often a chance to give birth to fresh initiatives. One such venture is this evening of three poets and three faiths to give voice to interfaith dialogue. It is an inspiring and exciting challenge which he hopes will give expression to new projects for how the faiths can work more together in Britain. No one faith has an exclusive hold on anything but many faiths can sometimes sound as one voice.
Rana Kabbani believes the three religious cultures share a love of language and poetry, that their central messages are ones of peace – so sadly unheeded – and that they have more things in common than differences.
Tickets for the event which include refreshments before and after the readings are £20 and the proceeds will go to Neve Shalom – Wahat al-Salam : a village, jointly established by Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel engaged in educational work for peace, equality and understanding between the two peoples. http://www.oasisofpeaceuk.org

The evening is also being supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK.

Rana Kabbani is a writer, art critic and broadcaster. Born in Damascus in 1958 to a family of well-known poets (Nizar Kabbani), musicians, dramatists (Abu Khalil al-Kabbani) photographers, jurists (Fawzi al-Ghazzi) and Islamic mystics (Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulsi), she grew up in New York City and Djakarta. She is the author of Imperial Fictions, a highly-acclaimed critique of Orientalism in travel writing and art. Her second book, Letter to Christendom, was made into a BBC documentary. She has translated into English the poetry of the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, (to whom she was married), published as Sand and Other Poems.
BH Fraser published his first collection City Poems in 2004. He has given recitals in and around the City of London at locations including The Guildhall, Inner Temple, Mansion House and St Stephen Walbrook. He has spoken about his City poems on radio and
television. His work has been published in magazines including PN
Review and Standpoint. New work can be found at www.bhfraser.com
Mark L Solomon was born and educated in Australia. He trained as an orthodox rabbi and received ordination from Jews’ College, London, in 1991. After serving an orthodox congregation, he joined Liberal Judaism in 1992, and in 2000 was appointed Rabbi at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood, where he also sings as a cantor. He is ‘foster rabbi’ of the Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community, and has been lecturer in Talmud at Leo Baeck College since 1992. With a special interest in interfaith dialogue, Rabbi Solomon is Co-Chairman of the London Society of Jews and Christians and a governor of the Ammerdown Centre in Somerset. He is active in Jewish-Muslim dialogue and is a member of the steering group of the Scriptural Reasoning Society, trustee of the Interfaith Alliance UK and the London Ecumenical AIDS Trust.
To book send a cheque over £20 per booking to
Bookings and Enquieres
British Friends of Wahat al-Salam~Neve Shalom
Premier House
112 Station Hse
Middlesex HA8 7BJ
Website: www.oasisofpeaceuk.org

PR campaign May 2008 Sama Daoud Neriya Mark

The Churchtimes
BBC radio4


British Friends of Neve Shalom~Wahat al Salam PRESS INVITATION FOR FEATURE ABOUT SAMA DAOUD AND NERIYA MARK, MAY 2008Tel:  +44(0)20 8952 4717   Fax:  +44(0)20 8952 1689                        E.mail: britfriends@btconnect.com

No Embargo – For immediate Release

18th. March 2008

please circulate

Event:        A Palestinian Arab and Israeli Jew who grew up together.
                   Introducing Neriya Mark and Sama Daoud, chaired by Judah Passow
Organizer: British Friends of  Neve Shalom~Wahat Al Salam (NSWAS)
Date:         Tuesday 20th of May 2008, 18.30
Location:   Bloomsbury Room, Hotel Russell Russell Square London WC1B 8BE
Contact:     020-89521717, british.friends@nswas.org;

Dear xxxx

 I am writing to you as we have something unique coming up.  The last weeks were once again where  Israelis and Palestinians were in the news for the politics that divide them, costing numerous human lives.  One would expect more bloody acts of revenge into this cycle of never ending violence.
If I tell you that I know of 54 families – half of them Arab Palestinian, Muslim and Christian, the other half Jewish – permanently engaged in a process of proving every doubter and pessimist wrong by living together through choice, you may think I am telling you a fairy tale about some lefty weirdos.  Yet in Wahat al Salam ~Neve Shalom, along the old neutral armistice border between Israel and Jordan (now part of Israel),  living together confidently as Jews and Arabs, side by side, this is every day reality.  And what’s more with their experience, the residents have invited people from the surrounding areas.  There are now people both from the Occupied Palestinian Territories as well as from inside Israel visiting the village nearly every day for meetings of dialogue in what the residents call the School for Peace, or children who attend the multi-faith, multi-language, multi-ethnic primary school.  Not just since a year or so.  The village has been in existence for over 30 years.

If you want to know about what the future really holds, you had better get to know Neve Shalom~Wahat al Salam.

The British Friends of Wahat al-Salam ~ Neve Shalom…(continues)

PR results in BBC WS Interview

This is a copy of a sent out press release after I assured an interview spot on BBC Worldservice for Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al Salam:



Audio Link: Israeli Palestinian Peace is Possible at Neve Shalom / Wahat al Salam

Discussion: Peace is Possible

After having spoken at Amnesty International, UCL and other locations,
Noam and Ranin can now be listened to on the BBC.

The BBC World-service has today broadcasted a feature interview on their News Report. I am not sure for how long it will be online, but from today, until it disappears you can hear Noam and Ranin discussing what Neve Shalom / Wahat al Salam means to them on BBC.

BBC Audio Link (click here for direct connection)
I can not guarantee this link will be life for very long as it tends to change with the changing of the edition, but for now you can definitely hear it!

Neve Shalom – Wahat alSalam is a village in Israel where Israeli Jews and Arabs live together as a community.
This event is a rare opportunity to hear from two of the residents of this unique community. BBC Middle East correspondent Richard Miron will chair a discussion with two young women from the village, Ranin Boulos, a Christian Palestinian and Noam Shuster , a Jewish Israeli . There will be a opportunity to ask questions and take part in the discussions that follow.
Founded in the early 1970s, the village has become a role model, proving that peace between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel is possible. Many of the 200 children attending the village nursery and primary schools now come from nearby Arab and Jewish towns and villages, whilst the School for Peace brings together Jewish and Arab Israeli teenagers, who in the normal way of life have no opportunity to meet. Since 1979, over 20,000 young people have experienced the powerful impact of being part of a residential Encounter Group at the village, learning to see their conflict from ‘the other’ point of view, and becoming ‘friends’ while doing so. Many have gone on to work for human rights and peace.