by Shiri Ourian
American Friends of the Parents Circle
Fighting dangerous pathogens that rip through societies is not new to joint Israeli-Palestinian organizations like the Parents Circle-Families Forum and Combatants for Peace. Fear, hatred, and dehumanization, like viruses, are invisible. They are often asymptomatic in many and lead to senseless fatalities in others. COVID-19 and fear, hatred and dehumanization know no borders, religion or nationality. We work to treat them on an individual, case-by-case level and with broad measures on a societal level.
From the horrible darkness of the coronavirus outbreak, some narrow shards of light have nonetheless emerged. Traffic is gone; gas is affordable; the air feels cleaner, healthcare workers are praised instead of athletes and celebrities.