Reconciliation News and Noteworthy

The Parents Circle approaches fostering reconciliation in many ways. We want to share with you a look at a few of our recent achievements:

Second Annual Parallel Narrative Experience Alumni Conference

On Friday, March 4th, 130 Palestinians and Israelis gathered at Everest Hotel in Beit Jala for EU Rep and Directorsthe second annual Parallel Narrative Experience (PNE) Alumni Conference, part of the EU-funded Across Two Narratives project.

This was the second time PCFF staff and members planned such a conference under the reality of on-going violence, the first being in the wake of the 2014 war in Gaza.

The Parents Circle Visits Italy

In March, 10 Israeli and Palestinian youth ages 14-18, traveled with two member chaperons to the Fiori diPace (Flowers of PCFF Youth ItalyPeace) spring program, at which Israeli and Palestinian youth met to engage in dialogue with Italian youth and share their experiences in the ongoing violence, aiming to foster an understanding of the other’s point of view and a humanization of the perceived enemy

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Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony, 10 May 2016

On this evening we all gather – Israelis and Palestinians – to remember the victims of violence on both sides, and to remind everyone that war is not an act of fate. Memorial Service PCFF CfPThe recent period in our region is a period of violence, tension and suffering for both people, and many additional families have already been added to the cycle of bereavement and pain.

This year the Memorial takes on particular importance due to the tension and violence between the two peoples, the growing hostility amongst the Israeli public and the public debate over the rights of each side to mourn its own. This year, more than ever, we need your help.

Each year we are forced to take even larger halls, still unable to accommodate all who wish to attend this special event – which in many ways has become the annual expression of the pain but also the hopes of Israelis and Palestinians who seek peace and an end to the occupation. Please help spread the word about this event on social media, and consider making a donation to help us make this event a reality.

As in the past, the ceremony will be carried live on the Internet, in English, Arabic, and Hebrew.  Further details may be found here and on the website of Combatants for Peace and the website of The Parents Circle- Families Forum. Information may be also found on the Facebook page of the Memorial Ceremony.

To view the short film on the 2015 ceremony, click here.

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