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Neve Shalom (Hebrew: נְוֵה שָׁלוֹם‎, lit. Oasis of Peace), also known as Wāħat as-Salām (Arabic: واحة السلام‎) is a cooperative village jointly founded by Israeli Arabs and Jews in an attempt to show that the two peoples can live side by side peacefully, as well as to conduct educational work for peace, equality and understanding between the two peoples. The village is located on one of the two Latrun hilltops, midway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Falling under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council, in 2006 it had a population of 200. Its name is taken from a passage in the Book of Isaiah 32:18: "My people shall dwell in an oasis of peace." The village was conceived by Bruno Hussar, an Egyptian-born Dominican brother (of Jewish origin) who, in 1970 leased forty hectares of land for the project from the Trappist abbey at Latrun. Hussar: "We had in mind a small village composed of inhabitants from different communities in the country. Jews, Christians and Muslims would...
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