An Evening with Parents Circle Families Forum
Wednesday November 7 – 7:00-8:30pm
Join Invest in Peace, Chochmat HaLev and Parents Circle Families Forum bereaved members, Robi Damelin and Mazen Faraj as they share their stories of loss and their unique choice of reconciliation. Participate in a discussion on the human side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and why relationship building, mutual understanding of the “other side” and a reconciliation framework is necessary for any sustainable peace agreement.
Free and open to the public. RSVP requested to Karen Stiller: firstname.lastname@example.org. Invest in Peace is a project of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)
The Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization made up of more than 600 bereaved families. Their common bond is that they have lost a close family member to the conflict. But instead of choosing revenge, they have chosen a path of reconciliation. The PCFF hopes for the day that political leaders reach agreement for peace. But they strongly believe that reconciliation between the Israeli and Palestinian people is essential to ensuring that peace is sustainable.
Robi Damelin is the Israeli spokesperson of the Parents Circle. Her son. David, was killed by a Palestinian sniper in 2002 while guarding a checkpoint near a settlement during his army reserve service. Robi speaks to Israeli, Palestinian and international audiences all over the world to demand that reconciliation be a part of any peace agreement. Robi was named a 2015 Woman of Impact by Women in the World.
Mazen Faraj lives in Daheshah refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Palestine. Mazen spent several years of his youth in Israeli prison. There, he learned informally politics, Hebrew and history of the Middle East. In 2002, Mazen’s father aged, 62, was killed by an Israeli soldier, mistaking his bags for something else. He chose the way of reconciliation and believes that it will lead to justice and peace. He is the Co-General Director of the Parents Circle.