British Shalom Salaam Trust (BSST)
PO Box 39378
SE13 5WH London
Contact person: Naomi Wayne
- Peace politics
- Educational policy/project
- Aid organization
- Volunteers are welcome.
The British Shalom-Salaam Trust (BSST) is a Jewish grant-giving initiative created in response to the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East. BSST was established in 2004 by a group of Jews in response to the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East caused by the Israeli Occupation.
The Trust aims to foster positive relations between Jews, Palestinians and other communities living within Israel´s 1967 borders, in the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan; and as refugees in other parts of the Middle East. BSST supports projects both within Israel´s 1967 borders (the ´Green Line´) and the Occupied Territories. We work closely with Palestinians and Israeli Jews committed to a just resolution of the conflict in Israel/Palestine based on equality and mutual respect.
The Trust has supported projects based in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories focussed on human rights work, cross-community collaboration, education, health, womens´ rights and anti-poverty programmes.
• Afnan al Galil: Based in the Galilee, this group was founded by Arab women to improve the social and economic status of women, to promote education and cultural activity and to foster good inter-communal relations.
• African Refugee Development Center (ARDC): BSST gave a small grant to the ARDC for their ongoing work with African refugee communities within Israel.
• Al-Bir: Al-Bir has been in existence now for eight years, and is run by professional women from the fields of urban and social services planning, group facilitation, education, languages, art and community work. Their goal is to empower women to influence their society toward justice and away from fanaticism and oppression.
• Bustan Qaraaqa: This organisation is an environmental movement addressing water shortages, agroforestry, eco-building and aquaculture.
• Center for Advancement of Peace Initiatives (CAPI): This project aims to set up a website to share new information and extend knowledge about what is happening in East Jerusalem.
• Combatants for Peace: Combatants for Peace is a grass-roots peace movement comprising Palestinians and Israelis who had previously taken an active part in the cycle of violence, and now work together to break it.
• Hope Sew: This small sewing initiative is a women´s empowerment project developed to support Palestinian women in Bethlehem.
• Huda´s Kindergarten
• Humans Without Borders: BSST has funded HWB to take Palestinian children with their families, on day trips to the Funland water park in Ramallah and to the sea.
• Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development
• Israel Social TV: With BSST support, ISTV produced a three-part series of video news segments covering current events on the ground that exposed human rights violations and supported the struggle of grassroot activist groups and vulnerable communities that were threatened by the Israeli occupation.
• Jenin Creative Cultural Center: BSST supported two projects at this centre which provides cultural and educational services for Palestinian youth in the Jenin area.
• and several other projects
Naomi Wayne is a Secretary of the British Shalom-Salaam Trust (BSST).
For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.