THE BRITISH SHALOM-SALAAM TRUST was established in 2004 by a group of Jews in response to the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East caused by the Israeli Occupation. We welcome supporters of all faiths and none.
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.
We work in Israel and Palestine, aiming to foster positive relations between Jews, Palestinians and other communities. This includes the rapidly increasing numbers of refugees from Africa and unregistered migrant workers.
In Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories we support cross-community, human rights, education, health and anti-poverty programmes. We actively seek out groups to work with (for example Bedouin communities and refugee groups) and maintain on-going contact with them. Wherever possible, we visit the projects to gather further information and offer support.
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
We focus on small-scale, grassroots or developing projects that help participants build their own opportunities for a future of peace and cooperation; projects that may be overlooked by major funders. Our grants rarely go above £5000. As organisations have prospered and /or developed their own network of donors, we have happily stepped back. But we still stay in touch and many use our Post Box service.
SIMPLE IS ECONOMIC
Our application process is simple — just a short application form, which is followed up by email and sometimes phone calls. Such simplicity, plus heavy reliance on volunteers, helps us keep our administrative costs extremely low.
During the summer assault on Gaza, we once again raised funds for Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) in their emergency medical relief.
The Trust’s six Board members have extensive charitable/voluntary experience, in-depth knowledge of the situation in Israel and Palestine and a wide range of professional expertise.
Prof Anthony Bale is an academic whose work has included studies of religious violence, relations between Christians and Jews, and the history of Jerusalem.
Vavi Hillel is a retired teacher specializing in learning disabilities and anti bullying initiatives
David Sperlinger is a retired clinical psychologist and academic specialising in adult mental health
Colin Wainwright, the Treasurer, is experienced in information technology and finance.
Naomi Wayne, the Secretary,is a retired charity chief officer and former equalities specialist.
Dr Gill Yudkin, the Chair, is a retired GP and former chair of an intercultural psychotherapy centre.
Michael Ellman is a solicitor and international law consultant. He has lectured on human rights and carried out missions of enquiry, judicial and electoral observation and training to over 25 countries including Israel and Palestine, and now writes reports on country situations for asylum seekers
Richard Kuper is a long-standing campaigner for Palestinian human rights. He is a retired university lecturer in politics and social philosophy and was also a publisher with Pluto Press.
Tony Lerman was Director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and now writes on social and political issues including Israel-Palestine, antisemitism, Zionism and Jewish politics and multiculturalism.
Miri Weingarten is an Israeli human rights activist based in London, working as the EU Advocacy Coordinator for a coalition of Israeli human rights organisations (Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Adalah Legal Centre for the Arab Minority in Israel and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel).
Hadas Ziv is Director of Public Outreach in Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, and coordinator of its committee of ethics, having previously been Executive Director. Winner of the Oak Fellowship for Human Rights for 2009.