Non-Jewish historian appointed to lead UK arm of Israeli ‘peace village’ charity
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Non-Jewish historian appointed to lead UK arm of Israeli ‘peace village’ charity

Dr Jack Omer-Jackaman confirmed as the new director of the British Friends of Neve Shalom which supports Jewish-Arab coexistence

Jack Omer-Jackaman playing guitar at Neve Shalom - Oasis of Peace.  Credit: @oasis_of_peace
Jack Omer-Jackaman playing guitar at Neve Shalom - Oasis of Peace. Credit: @oasis_of_peace

A non-Jewish historian has been appointed to head the British arm of Israel’s unique ‘peace village’ where Jews and Palestinians live side-by-side.

Dr Jack Omer-Jackaman, who has written extensively on Zionism and Jewish identity, has already flown out to Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salam, a cooperative village founded by a Christian friar 40 years ago and now known as ‘Oasis of Peace.’

Once confirmed as the new director of the British Friends of Neve Shalom, Omer-Jackman went to meet those running the village alongside the charity’s vice-chair Judge Lawrence Brass, where the historian saw the school’s new library.

A former professional musician, Omer-Jackman surprised his hosts by performing a traditional English folk song for the children, before promising to do his best to raise funds from British supporters for the village’s primary school.

The new Executive Director (right) with Laurence Brass and Dr Nava Sonnenschein outside the School for Peace
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