Elie Wiesel will be missed at the American Friends of Neve Shalom/ Wahat al-Salam (Oasis of Peace). Mr. Wiesel served on our advisory board and was inspired himself by the existence and work of the small village we support that sits on the foothills on the way to Jerusalem. Mr. Wiesel said, “When Jews and Arabs get together, work together, live together, they create their own miracle: Neve Shalom is such a miracle — it deserves our warmest support, for it justifies our highest hopes. The noble and imaginative efforts there to bring together Israelis and Arabs in an atmosphere of cooperation and friendship deserve to be encouraged.”
The Oasis of Peace is proud of its long history of being a living, working, thriving and growing incubator for peace entrepreneurs for over 32 years, building the foundations of peace person by person, sharing narratives and fearlessly accepting identities in conflict. The work and legacy of the first bilingual, binational, multicultural Primary School in Israel, the award winning and Nobel Peace Prize nominated School for Peace, our Pluralistic Spiritual Community Center and the Nadi Youth Center have served as an inspiration for countless individuals and organizations that have become “peace multipliers” themselves.
Elie Wiesel’s words will continue to inspire the best in all of us and at the same time, remind us the perils of inaction and indifference.
“Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future… Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.”
“It is we who decide whether words are to be carriers of hate of vehicles of compassion. Whether they are to become spears, or peace offerings. Whether they will move us to despair or hope.”
Let us all only journey towards hope and may Elie Wiesel’s memory be for a blessing and for memory itself.
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