Bassam Aramin, Palestinian, and Rami Elhanan, Israeli, are members of The Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF), families whose lives have been upended due to tragedy. However, instead of giving into hate, each member has worked to understand and listen to the other side. They have become friends and advocate constantly for solidarity and peace … Continue reading “I was 47 the first time I met Palestinians as human beings” | RTL Today
by Robi DamelinBereaved Israeli motherParents Circle – Families Forum February 12, 2024 The people of the book have spoken. The anvil poised to come down on a novel of two men and their daughters divided by history, united in grief. The name of this novel by the world renowned Irish author Colum McCann is Apeirogon: … Continue reading “An abomination to be stopped at any price?” by Robi Damelin
We, the Parents Circle, along with over 35 other civil society and human rights organizations, call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and demand the immediate release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip. An immediate ceasefire will prevent further loss of civilian lives and facilitate access to vital aid for Gaza to … Continue reading Ceasefire Now
In the midst of the chaos, efforts are growing to promote peace and shared security between Israel and Hamas. Organizations such as Oasis for Peace, the Parents Circle-Families Forum, Hand in Hand, and the Palestine-Israel Journal are working towards reconciliation and dialogue. These groups, which have been around for years, have seen a surge in … Continue reading A Glimmer of Hope Amidst Chaos: Emerging Social Order in the Israel-Hamas Conflict | BNN
The terrible war initiated in October 2023 between Israel and Hamas was the result of the failure of leaders in both camps to construct a mutually acceptable peace. Yet, the horrors of this war can be an impetus to put an end to such violence. People from both sides must take shåared actions to fashion … Continue reading Examples of shared Israeli-Palestinian Actions | Foreign Policy in Focus
This week, the Haifa municipality canceled an event marking the book launch of the Hebrew translation of “Apeirogon” by Colum McCann. The book is based on my story and that of my brother in bereavement, Bassam Aramin.
In 2007, I moderated a panel at the Nobel Women’s Initiative Conference on Women, Peace, and the Middle East. The panel was made up of two Palestinian women and two Israeli women, and the topic was empathy. Two of the panelists had lost children and family members in the conflict and they were members of … Continue reading Not Looking Away | Brene Brown
Beit Hagefen, an Arab-Jewish cultural center in Haifa, is threatened by silencing and infringement of freedom of expression. The city’s legal adviser sent a letter Sunday to Beit Hagefen, requesting that he convene the center’s board for an emergency meeting over a book launch for the Hebrew translation of “Apeirogon: A Novel,” scheduled for February … Continue reading Haifa Is a Bastion of Israeli-Arab Coexistence. Why Does Its Mayor Yield to Incitement? | Haaretz
Residents have expressed their opposition to the upcoming event, which is scheduled to launch the Hebrew translation of the book that recounts the story of a friendship between two bereaved fathers, one Israeli and the other Palestinian
On Jan. 25, Georgetown hosted a dialogue between an Israeli mother and a Palestinian brother who both lost family members in the long-standing conflict and are working to build peace and reconciliation between Israeli and Palestinian communities.