Statement on violence in Israel and Palestine

I’m watching the news and horrified to learn of more needless, senseless deaths. More bereaved. More unbelievable pain. More families grieving for loved ones. It is incredibly devastating.  

I am also aware that the shooting in Tel Aviv tonight, like the recent acts of violence in Israel over the past month, did not take place in a vacuum.  

Palestinian lives are lost and injured on a daily basis. This past month, 27 Palestinians were killed. On the first day of Ramadan, the Israeli army killed 3 young men in Jenin and deployed 3,000 troops to Jerusalem.  

These acts take place as part of the cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians and we must break that cycle immediately.  

There is another way forward. Stop the violence.

The Parents Circle – Families Forum condemns all acts of violence. Our hearts go out to Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost loved ones.

Shiri Ourian
Executive Director
American Friends of the Parents Circle – Families Forum