Dec. 6, 2017 American Friends of the Parents Circle – Families Forum, in the name of 600 Israeli and Palestinian families who have all lost children, sisters, brothers, parents, husbands and wives to a conflict which should have ended long ago, strongly opposes President Trump’s unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital today and the … Continue reading AF-PCFF Statement on Jerusalem
The group of Israeli and Palestinian youth participants in our Young Ambassadors for Peace (YAP) program arrived late last Thursday night after a very long 6-hour bus ride through checkpoints and weekend traffic in Israel until they reached the north of Israel at Tabgha’s Meeting Place on the northwest side of the Sea of Galilee … Continue reading Update: Young Ambassadors for Peace Program
Webinar Parents Circle Families Forum invites you to join us for a unique webinar: 200 Israeli and Palestinian Peace Activists Launch 2-Year Solidarity Plan Tuesday, September 19 at 2:00pm EST Register here Israeli and Palestinian activists will share their 2-year plan launched this month to promote solidarity and non-violence as a means towards ending the occupation and … Continue reading Webinar: 200 Israeli and Palestinian Peace Activists Launch 2-Year Solidarity Plan
By Shiri Ourian, Executive Director, American Friends of the Parents Circle Last week, while Camp Solomon Schechter, a Jewish summer camp outside of Seattle, hosted Palestinian and Israeli youth from Kids4Peace to engage in dialogue and shared learning, another summer camp took place in Israel with bereaved and non-bereaved Israeli and Palestinian youth who also engaged … Continue reading A Palestinian Flag at Jewish Camps: No Need for Apologies
By Robi Damelin, bereaved mother and International Relations Spokesperson of The Parents Circle- Families Forum Translated from op-ed piece in Ha’aretz Here we go again; how many people have to die before the cycle of violence finally turns for the last time? Revenge being the main tool, we kill, they kill, more force, more troops, and … Continue reading This Road Will Only Lead To More Graves
There is still availability for speaking engagements in the New York City area from September 20-30, 2017. E-mail us today to bring two speakers to your community to share their narratives and messages of reconciliation.
By Robi Damelin Early Friday morning, buses left from all over Israel and Palestine and some 200 women came to be together and discover the humanity in the other in honor of International Women’s Day. It was thrilling to arrive and see how many new faces, friends of the bereaved members chose to spend the … Continue reading “Breaking the Walls between Us”
Atlanta Jewish Times by Patrice Worthy An Israeli-Palestinian movement of mothers who have lost sons to the conflict is connecting with American mothers whose sons have been killed to form a united front against gun violence. Israeli Robi Damelin founded Parents Circle Families Forum, an organization for bereaved Palestinian and Israeli families, after a Palestinian … Continue reading Children’s Deaths Unite Moms Across Cultures
My name is Arab Aramin. I am Palestinian, 22 years old. And my name is Yigal Elhanan. I am Israeli, 24 years old. We should hate each other. But instead, we call each other brother. Why? We both have lost our sisters in the bloody and violent conflict. We are united in our shared vision: no … Continue reading Why do we call each other “brother”?
“My name is Ibrahim Shatat. I’m 25 years old, and from Beit Jala, Palestine. My sister, Irene, was 12 years old when she had an accident. She was hit by a car. And because we live in an occupied country, the Israeli army had closed the streets so cars could not get through. The army did … Continue reading A Thanksgiving Message from Tal and Ibrahim