Opening Minds, One Heart at a Time: Joint Israeli-Palestinian Human Rights Initiative

Top Pick September 28, 2018 Boston Free
(Photo: tzahiV/iStock)
(Photo: tzahiV/iStock)

The Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization made up of more than 600 bereaved families. Their common bond is that they have lost a close family member to the conflict. But instead of choosing revenge, they have chosen a path of reconciliation, and have joined together to take tens of thousands of Palestinians and Israelis on their personal journeys. Though often raw and always emotional, with these interactions comes change.

Join PCFF’s bereaved members Rami Elhanan and Mazen Faraj as they share their stories of loss and their unique choice of reconciliation with us. Participate in a discussion on the human side of the conflict and why relationship building, mutual understanding of the “other side” and a reconciliation framework is necessary for any sustainable peace agreement. 

Rami Elhanan is a seventh-generation Jerusalemite graphic designer. He identifies himself as a Jew, an Israeli and before everything else a human being. On the first day of the school year in 1997, Rami’s daughter, Smadar, was killed by two Palestinian suicide bombers who murdered five people that day. Soon after, Rami joined the Parents Circle as an active member facilitator, speaking before Israeli, Palestinian and international audiences. In August 2016 Rami took on the role of co-director of the PCFF.

Mazen Faraj lives in Daheisheh Refugee Camp outside of Bethlehem. Mazen spent several years of his youth in Israeli prison. There he learned informally politics, Hebrew and history of the Middle East. In 2002, Mazen’s father, 62, was killed by an Israeli soldier, mistaking his bags for something else. He chose the way of reconciliation and believes that it will lead to justice and peace. He has been the co-general director of the Parents Circle since 2012.

American Friends of the Parents Circle-Families Forum (AF-PCFF) shares the human side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the American public in order to foster a peace and reconciliation process. The AF-PCFF is committed to supporting the PCFF through raising public awareness, constituency building and fundraising in the U.S.

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