Friends of Sabeel in Scandinavia, gathering people from Denmark, Norway and Sweden, was founded in May 2001. The aim was and is to support Sabeel Jerusalem and its ecumenical work for a just peace and an end to the occupation.
We have worked independently in Norway and Sweden by: taking action, holding seminars and workshops, arranging witness visits, participating in advocacy, and attending Sabeel’s International Conferences. During the first years there also was a Sabeel group in Denmark. In 2016 we are formally going to start FOSS (Friends of Sabeel Sweden) and FOSN (Friends of Sabeel Norway). In reality this is how we have worked for the last years. And, of course, people in Denmark are welcome to join us!
There are many organizations working for a free Palestine in Sweden. As FOSS is a very small organization, totally dependant on volunteers, we are dependant on cooperating with others and with different churches. With success we have arranged many public events in cooperation with other friends of a free Palestine, also with people coming from Sabeel Jerusalem to witness.
Come and see – go and tell! This is an important method to get more people committed. We try to support people to attend the Witness Visits that Sabeel invites us to in Jerusalem. We have also given scholarships to young people, to make it possible for them to attend the youth conferences held in Jerusalem. And last year we started the network, Young Friends of Sabeel Sweden!
One of our main challenges is to make more and more people and politicians in Sweden more knowledgeable of the situation for our Christian Sisters and Brothers in Palestine – yes, for all people – and the need for a just peace, not only peace!