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A visit to the unrecognized villages in the Negev

By Yuval, a graduate of the Narrative Group for Medical ProfessionalsIn April, a group of Israelis and Palestinians, members of the Parents Circle – Families Forum and graduates of the Narrative Project, toured three unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev. The tour was led by Yaela Raanan, a member of the Council of Unrecognized Villages, who … Continue reading A visit to the unrecognized villages in the Negev

Sharing Memories

Bereaved Israeli and Palestinian members of the Parents Circle – Families Forum share memories of the loved ones they’ve lost. Join them and Combatants for Peace on May 7th for the 2019 Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony in Tel Aviv. The ceremony will be broadcast live online, and events are happening across the US to watch … Continue reading Sharing Memories

Finally, good news from Israel and Palestine

Today the Israeli High Court of Justice ruled to allow 100 Palestinians to attend tomorrow’s Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony in Tel Aviv, overturning the government’s decision last week to block entry permits. “There are 99 ways to commemorate the dead,” the court wrote in its ruling, “Ninety-nine ways to express grief.” The High Court’s ruling is a decisive victory for … Continue reading Finally, good news from Israel and Palestine

Yesterday’s attack on the peace movement and Israel’s democracy

Yesterday, the Israeli government blocked the entry permits for the 181 Palestinians invited to attend the 2019 Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony on May 7th. This rash decision is a clear attack on the peace movement, and seeks only to deepen the divides that separate Israeli and Palestinian society– but we will not give up. Last year, Combatants for … Continue reading Yesterday’s attack on the peace movement and Israel’s democracy

“Let us work together to end the cycle of bereavement.”

Last Friday, on International Women’s Day, bereaved Israeli and Palestinian women from the Parents Circle marched together in silence in Tel Aviv. They handed out flowers to women along the march, with notes reading, “It is better to give flowers to living people than putting them on their graves.” We march together today, on International Women’s Day, … Continue reading “Let us work together to end the cycle of bereavement.”

Full transcript: Speeches on International Women’s Day 2019

Full transcript: Speeches on International Women’s Day 2019 Full transcript of event at Habima Square, Tel Aviv, on International Women’s Day 2019 Bushra: We stand here together today, women who carry a message of love, peace and life, and bless you with this message of ours. Anat: We are a group of women from the … Continue reading Full transcript: Speeches on International Women’s Day 2019

Israelis and Palestinians break bread

American Friends of the Parents Circle, in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, hosted Breaking Bread: A Benefit Dinner in support of the Parents Circle – Families Forum. From left: Chef Michael Solomonov, Mazen Faraj, Robi Damelin, Chef Reem Kassis This special event, held at the landmark James Beard House in New York, featured a delicious 4-course Israeli … Continue reading Israelis and Palestinians break bread

We took a big hit last week. What’s at stake…

Members of the Parents Circle – Families Forum at a public event in Tel Aviv, September 2014. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum Exactly one week ago was the official termination for the Parents Circle’s grant from USAID. We were one of 13 organizations to lose funding for “people-to-people” interactions between Israelis and Palestinians which amounted to more than $8 … Continue reading We took a big hit last week. What’s at stake…