Congressional Advocacy Project
The American Friends of NSWAS is a member of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP). ALLMEP is a coalition of NGOs that run people-to-people programs for coexistence and reconciliation between Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East. In February of 2004, ALLMEP engaged in its first major advocacy initiative on Capitol Hill. In March 2009, building on five years of success, ALLMEP held its sixth initiative on Capitol Hill and continued its outreach efforts with 54 members strong.
Just two weeks after Israeli and Palestinian NGO leaders met with policymakers about significantly expanding U.S. support for grassroots peace efforts, the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Authorization Act of 2009 (H.R. 1605) was introduced on March 19, 2009 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) introduced the legislation, which urges President Obama to work with the international community and the Israeli and Palestinian governments to establish such a fund, which is intended to "promote and support contact, cooperation, dialogue, shared community building, peaceful coexistence, joint economic development, and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, and Muslims, Christians, and Jews" in the U.S. The bill also authorizes the U.S. to contribute appropriate $50 million per year to the new fund. (Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam was one of the programs to receive funds from the Wye River allocations).
Join our effort by sending this letter to your congressional representative. If you would like more information and are interested in being actively involved with our Congressional Advocacy Project, please email us at
. To download An Autumn of Hope in the Middle East, an ALLMEP publication about the efforts of ALLMEP member organizations during and following the violence in summer 2006, including the work of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, please click here.
Help Us Garner Media Attention
Part of our mission as the American Friends is to cultivate contacts with the media so that people in a variety of communities can hear the message of respect, understanding, and coexistence from the residents of the "Oasis of Peace." If you have access to media contacts, please let us know.
Introduce a Friend to the Oasis of Peace
As a small organization, we often find our best supporters through word of mouth. If you have interested friends or family, please tell them about us or give us the opportunity to send them a packet of information.
Host an event
By hosting an event on our behalf, you help us raise awareness and critical funding for the Oasis of Peace. There are many ways you can organize an event:
- Host a house party/tea party or picnic.
- Organize outdoor challenges or funny activities: walking event, hiking event, biking event, snowshoe event, tennis event, kayak or canoe event, bowling, skating, dancing…
- Find a retailer who will donate a percentage of sales to the Oasis of Peace.
You can also use special occasions in your family (birthday, anniversary, retirement, holiday party or wedding) and ask for donations in lieu of traditional gifts, as a great way to spread awareness and support of the Oasis of Peace.