Dear Friends, I am writing to you on my flight home from Israel and Palestine, thinking about my brief visit to the Gaza envelope this past week on the Parents Circle’s Narrative Study Tour. On Monday, while the Trump administration opened the new embassy in Jerusalem and Naqba Day neared, our board members and supporters … Continue reading End the Violence
On April 17, nearly 7,000 Israelis and Palestinians came together to remember the shared pain experienced on both sides of the conflict. The Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony comes to remind us that war is not an act of fate but one of human choice. Leading up to the Ceremony, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that 90 Palestinians will … Continue reading 7,000 Strong on Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day
Yesterday, Israel’s Minister of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman, denied entry permits for the 110 Palestinians invited to attend the 2018 Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony on April 17th. Lieberman stated that he “will not lend a hand to the desecration of our Memorial Day.” The Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony is, in fact, just the opposite. For the past 13 consecutive years, this … Continue reading Latest attack on Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day
Dear Friends, This year, Passover and Easter fall on the same weekend. Passover and Easter are about telling a story. They’re about listening to a story and sharing a story with our community. On this Passover and Easter, we invite those of you celebrating to recognize the power of sharing a narrative. The Parents Circle works … Continue reading Happy Passover and Easter from the Parents Circle
“The Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony comes to remind us that war is not inevitable” On April 17, 2018, thousands of Israelis and Palestinians will come together to remember the shared pain experienced on both sides of the conflict. The Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony, which has been held following Israeli Memorial Day for the past twelve … Continue reading American Communities Mark 2018 Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day
Meet Nadine Quomsieh, the manager of the Parents Circle’s Palestinian office, and Tova Buchsbaum, a bereaved Israeli member. Personal note from Nadine: “As I look on this past year, I feel like I must prepare myself for a year that will likely bring consequential political changes within the world’s most troubled region, changes that will … Continue reading Meet Nadine and Tova
Dear Friends, It isn’t hard to find worthy causes in a world as broken as ours. The greater challenge, at least for me, is to decide which of the many worthy causes I dare adopt as my own. My resources are limited; the challenges seem infinite. I was first drawn to the Parents Circle (PCFF) … Continue reading How I sleep better at night
We’re already seeing the impact of the Trump-administration’s announcement on Jerusalem on our activities. We’ve had to cancel activities like a joint Israeli and Palestinian group visit to Yad Vashem for safety concerns and just yesterday, a group of emboldened, Israeli parents forced the cancellation of Parents Circle’s Dialogue Meeting in an Israeli high school where we have been speaking for … Continue reading We’re seeing the impact of the Jerusalem announcement on the ground
Meet Anat Marnin and Bushra Awwad, bereaved members of the Parents Circle and facilitators in our Parallel Narrative Project (PNE). As facilitators, Anat and Bushra help train program alumni, who go on to become peace leaders, solidarity activists, and agents of change. Learn more about the Israeli and Palestinian Alumni for Solidarity Project and how you can help! … Continue reading “I felt, at that time, that my life had come to an end”
Clapping with One Hand by Rami Elhanan, Israeli co-Director, Parents Circle – Families Forum The driver was late yet again and at the entrance to Ibn Rushd High School in the Palestinian village of Tsur Baher, on the outskirts of East Jerusalem, they were waiting for us with anticipation in their eyes. An older guard … Continue reading “What do I care about your daughter that you lost 20 years ago? I am suffering today!”
Meet Rasha and Arnon, one of 800 Israeli and Palestinian alumni who are part of our Alumni Solidarity Project. Israeli and Palestinian Graduates of the Parallel Narrative Experience (PNE) program like Arnon and Rasha learn to become agents of change and advocates for solidarity and peace. We’ve committed to raising $65,000 by the end of 2017 to support this program to train and … Continue reading I’m proud to be an Israeli and Palestinian Solidarity Activist
Despite the growing tensions and violence in Jerusalem and the region these past two weeks, our Youth Summer Program has started this week. Our Indiegogo campaign to support the program has reached its goal. Thanks to many of you, 40 Israeli and Palestinian youth are spending the week learning about each other’s narratives, about empathy and reconciliation, … Continue reading Amidst Tensions, Our Work Carries On
We made our goal! The Israeli and Palestinian Youth Summer Program is now 127% funded. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the campaign and who helped spread the word, we are now able to send 34 participants to the joint Israeli and Palestinian Youth Summer Program. Our work doesn’t end here. We can still bring more Israeli and Palestinian … Continue reading We made our goal!
“They’re people, not just a ‘side.’ I met new people, so I learned new things.” –2016 Summer Program Participant Our Israeli and Palestinian Youth Summer Program starts in 13 days! We still need to raise $12,000 to provide support for 8 more Israeli and Palestinian youth to attend. Donate now! Our program provides a rare and vital opportunity for young … Continue reading Only 13 days left to support our Youth Summer Program!
“In the dialogue meetings there are moments that it feels like everyone is together: there is no Israeli or Palestinian side. Everyone is listening together to the same pain and to both sides.” -Inbal Harel, 14 year old Israeli participant, 2016 PCFF Youth Summer Program The Parents Circle is gearing up for its 2017 Youth Summer … Continue reading Israeli and Palestinian Youth Gearing Up For Summer Program
“You have to love this land and love people in order to see that between the sea and the Jordan there is space for two nations. The space is in the heart.” On April 30th, Combatants for Peace– in partnership with the Parents Circle– held the 12th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. This incredible and unique … Continue reading The 12th Annual Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony
Dear Friends, As you know, tonight is the Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony, during which Israelis and Palestinians stand together to remember the lost loved ones and speak in one voice to prevent further bereavement. What you may not know is that the nearly 300 Palestinians who wished to participate in the Tel Aviv event have been … Continue reading We quickly mobilize to stand together on Memorial Day
Since January, the Parents Circle-Families Forum has held nearly 15 “Women to Women” Dialogue Meetings. These important meetings are led by bereaved Israeli and Palestinian women who share their stories of loss and offer their extraordinary choice of reconciliation as a message of inspiration and hope. In a safe space, women, perhaps for the first … Continue reading This is how we build peace in Israel and Palestine
Dear Friends, On April 30, 2017 cities around the world will be joining the 2017 Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony produced and led by Combatants for Peace, in partnership with the Parents Circle – Families Forum. Satellite events are being held across the world, to watch the ceremony from Tel Aviv, and to stand in solidarity with … Continue reading Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony April 30
“The Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony comes to remind us that war is not inevitable” Dear friends, On April 30, 2017, thousands of Israelis and Palestinians will come together to remember the shared pain experienced on both sides of the conflict. The Israeli-Palestinian Alternative Memorial Day Ceremony, which has been held following Israeli Memorial Day for … Continue reading American Communities Mark Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day
My name is Rami Elhanan. I am a graphic designer and a 7th generation Jerusalemite. I am a Jew; I am an Israeli, and before everything else, I am a human being. On the first day of the school year in 1997, a few days before Yom Kippur, my daughter, Smadar, and her friends went … Continue reading Meet Rami and Mazen
Peace Activists Meet With PA Head On January 5, 2017, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held an important meeting with hundreds of Israeli and Palestinian peace activists, writers, and academics. Members of the Parents Circle were among those present at this crucial meeting. Bereaved Israeli mother, Robi Damelin, presented Abbas with a “Bird of Reconciliation” … Continue reading An important meeting with Pres. Abbas
As we approach the beginning of a new year, we want to share some of the highlights from 2016 with you, a partner in our work: 1. Launched Taking Steps – Bereaved parents Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin visited U.S. Congress to officially launch our new social business, Taking Steps in the Path for Peace, on International Peace Day. This … Continue reading 6 Highlights from 2016
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Chanukah with a promise of light! Together, we can continue in the new year to spread peace and to change minds, one heart at a time.
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
Na’ama Roth, 25, is Israeli. She lost her uncle, Udi, when he was kidnapped and killed by Hamas in 1993. Na’ama’s father joined the Parents Circle to seek reconciliation and a just end to the conflict. “My father promised himself and his children to try to do everything he can,” Na’ama says, “so that this tragedy would not … Continue reading Young Ambassadors for Peace
We made our goal! The Parents Circle’s Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign, If They Can Choose Peace…Anyone Can, is at 102%! Thanks to your generosity, we raised $15,276 to support our outreach team and to help bereaved Israelis and Palestinians become peace advocates within their communities. The funds you helped us raise will be used to support … Continue reading We made our goal!
We are at 95% of our Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to support the Parents Circle in engaging bereaved Israelis and Palestinians who have not yet joined the organization and provide them with training to become advocates for peace. Please help us raise the final $752 to reach our goal! Make a donation now. We are introducing a Bird of Reconciliation Watch as a special offer … Continue reading We’re at 95% of our fundraising goal!
This week, we launched our Indiegogo campaign, If They Can Choose Peace…Anyone Can, to raise $15,000 to support the Parents Circle in engaging bereaved Israelis and Palestinians who have not yet joined the organization and provide them with training to become advocates for peace. We’re almost there — we’re at 75% of our goal! We have received a generous matching gift from the Source … Continue reading The Parents Circle needs your help!
Meet Ziva Rakhamim and Khalid Juma, two participants in the Parents Circle’s Narrative Project who came to see the power in dialogue with the other side. My name is Ziva Rakhamim and I am from Or Yehuda. A flyer for the Narrative Project caught my attention and I decided to sign up even though I have … Continue reading Meet Ziva and Khalid
It has been a busy first half of the year for the Parents Circle. Here are some of our highlights: PCFF Members Retreat Over 250 members were present at our retreat. The constant threat of the current socio-political environment in Israel and Palestine has again made it clear to us the unprecedented strength of our community. … Continue reading Parents Circle Activities
Meet Alon Simon and Raja Samana, Israeli and Palestinian members of the Parents Circle, both participants in The Narrative Project. My name is Alon Simon. I’m 34 years old, originally from Kibbutz Nitzanim, and now live in Tel Aviv. Last year I participated in the Narrative Project – a series of meetings in Beit Jala … Continue reading Meet Alon and Raja
Our social business, Taking Steps, created by our Women’s Group is a powerful way you can support our work and share our message of reconciliation. The ‘Bird of Peace’ has become our iconic symbol of reconciliation. Our Women’s Group first embroidered the symbol onto sports shoes. Women, both locally and internationally, including celebrities like Helen Mirren, … Continue reading Taking Steps on the Path of Peace
On May 10th, the Parents Circle-Families Forum and our friends at Combatants For Peace held the 11th Annual Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony comes to remind us that war is not an act of fate but one of human choice. On this particularly difficult day we called upon both sides to acknowledge the pain and the aspirations of those … Continue reading 2016 Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony
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 the second annual Parallel Narrative Experience (PNE) Alumni Conference, … Continue reading Reconciliation News and Noteworthy
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. The recent period in our region is a period of violence, tension and suffering for both people, and many additional families have already … Continue reading Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony, 10 May 2016
American Friends introduces you to the Israeli and Palestinian Board Chairs of the Parents Circle-Families Forum. Both Wajeeh Tumaizee and Yael Admi lost brothers to the violence in Israel and Palestine, and both have dedicated their time and leadership to the Parents Circle and its mission.
Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate the work of the bereaved Palestinian and Israeli women of the Parents Circle and their personal journeys towards reconciliation. Last summer, the American Friends of the Parents Circle successfully raised funds that went towards training 45 Israeli and Palestinian women to become stronger leaders for peace. The trainings … Continue reading In Honor of International Women’s Day
We’d like to start 2016 by sharing some of the moving personal stories of the members of the Parents Circle. Each month we’ll showcase another Israeli and Palestinian who have lost a loved one to the conflict and chosen the path of reconciliation rather than revenge. In this month’s newsletter, we showcase Arab and Yigal.