"When I shared with the group
about the moment that I was told
that an Israeli settler shot my father
who died on the spot, I began to
shake and to cry."
Ikhlas Ishtaya

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American Friends of the
Parents Circle-Families Forum
shares the human side of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict with
the American public in order to
foster a peace and reconciliation process.

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TAKING STEPS

Take a step on
the path of peace
with the Parents Circle

American Friends of the Parents Circle

American Friends of the Parents Circle-Families Forum shares the human side
of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the American public
in order to foster a peace and reconciliation process.

The Parents Circle Families Forum 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.

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What’s New

The Human Cost Of USAID Funding Cuts

For nearly 10 years, the Parents Circle has partnered with USAID to engage thousands of Israelis and Palestinians in the Parallel Narrative Experience — a several-month long module made up of unilateral and joint workshops and dialogue activities to recognize, learn about, and acknowledge the personal, national and historical narratives of the “other” and to support both sides in building trust, generating empathy, and humanizing the other.

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Parents Circle Visiting Boston, September 2018

The Parents Circle – Families Forum will be visiting Boston, MA this September and October! Please join our bereaved members and Co-Directors of the Parents Circle, Rami Elhanan and Mazen Faraj at the following public events:

Thurs., Sept. 27: Wellesley College
Fri., Sept. 28: Temple Israel of Boston
Sat., Sept. 29: Temple Beth Zion
Sun., Sept. 30th: Old South Church

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“How will the Israelis receive my story of loss?”

“Last week I facilitated my first Dialogue Meeting for an Israeli audience. I couldn’t sleep the night before because it was on my mind so much.  How will my story be received by the Israelis?

One woman asked a question that struck me in particular and caused me to think deeply before answering. She asked, “Do you believe that the future will be better and that there will be change?”

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