Monday, January 18, 2016

"The Parents Circle Doesn't Want New Members"

On a sad day like today, when we lament the loss of yet another victim of the Israeli Palestinian conflict, the young Dafna Meir,  a mother of 6 who was murdered in her own home, it is hard to find the energy to think about the possibility of peace, let alone keep working to make it happen.
However, this is exactly what the Parents Circle-Families Forum (PCFF), an Israeli/Palestinian group of bereaved family members of those who died as a result of the conflict, is doing. Although a membership in this organization means the loss of the person/s closest and dearest to you, the Forum has been working, tirelessly and for years, on promoting understanding between Israelis and Palestinians in order to bring about peace.
For the last 5 months I participated in one of the Forum's activities, and over the weekend we marked the end of the first part of the Narratives Project, an initiative organized by PCFF. The Narratives Project brings together two groups of Israelis and Palestinians for a series of meetings. The two groups spend one weekend together in Beit Jala where they get to know each other, and in addition, there are 6 more day meetings. At the end of the process the two groups are supposed to find common projects to work on them together.
Please keep reading in the Times Of Israel

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