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Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam
|In response to the intensifying conflicts in Israel, Peace Fleece is choosing to support the very courageous village of Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam, through the sale of the kits shown below. Most of the yarn is a blend of wool from Abul Abed's flock that live next to NS/WAS and wool from the Maine Islands. Peace Fleece is donating all materials and patterns for the kits. All of the sale price will be sent to NS/WAS.|
|Four times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam ('Oasis of Peace' in Hebrew and Arabic) is a village in Israel established jointly by Jews and Palestinian Arabs of Israeli citizenship. The village is comprised of fifty families that live and work together on a hillside looking out towards the west and the Mediterranean Sea. Abu Abed (left) is shearing sheep while Israeli and Palestinian children look on.|
|Along with their homes the families have also built: a primary school (the only bilingual one in Israel); the School For Peace, which provides conflict resolution encounter workshops for Palestinian and Jewish youth, university students and adults; and The Center for Spiritual Pluralism - a place for spiritual reflection on issuses at the core of the Middle East conflict and the search for its resolution.|
|NS/WAS is currently organizing ongoing humanitarian missions into the West Bank in an attempt to help the critical situation there. The following is an excerpt from their July 2002 Newsletter explaining the current outreach projects.|
"Palestinians are facing a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. The situation in many towns and villages (even those which have not been affected by military incursions) is desperate and on the brink of catastrophe."
"The residents of NSWAS have been organizing projects to help alleviate the suffering. We have raised money for the distribution of food and medicines and are conducting medical treatment days in towns and villages. These projects are based on voluntary work by physicians, medical personnel and others."
"We wish to continue with similar treatment days in additional Palestinian towns and villages. A committee has been formed in the village to identify sources of need."
"NSWAS is interested to receive monetary donations and donations in kind in order to further this work. All funds will be used to purchase essential items such as medicines and food. We will ensure that assistance is rendered to those who are in genuine need."
For a more detailed account with inspirational photos of the harrowing adventure carrying medicines on foot through mountians to clinics in the West Bank, please visit Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam.
In response to the village's request for aid, Peace Fleece has designed and produced the following kits to benefit this special community. One hundred percent of the money received from the sale of these kits will be sent sent to the Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam community. The yarn, blended from Middle Eastern and American wool, is donated by Peace Fleece.
Key Chain Kit
|Like mini fiber sculptures, these braids are made from wrapped strands of Mid-East and Maine Island yarn with some hand dyed as well. Very easy and meditative to make. Kit includes instructions plus enough supplies to make 2 key chains as well an an information sheet about Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam.|
|Chunky Potholder Kit with Needles|
|These potholders have way outlasted all others on our stove. Super easy to make and lovely to use. They really insulate too. Don't worry about washing them - when they're dirty, throw them in the washing machine. Felting will improve their insulating quality. Kit makes 2 potholders and contains 4 colorful 1 oz. balls of Mid East/Maine Island wool yarn, large size wooden Russian knitting needles, Peace Fleece brochure, and pattern.|
|Marty spinning wool of Beit Sira Village, in
the West Bank home of Zacharia Zumbaty
|Dr. Arafat from Jericho vaccinating sheep and
goats for Peace Fleece at the village of Beit Sira,
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