Parents Circle Families Forum is an organization made up of over 600 bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost someone in the conflict. But instead of choosing to continue the cycle of hatred and violence through revenge, these courageous families have instead chosen to be peace activists, working toward reconciliation and hope.
By appearing (virtually) together, telling their stories about their lost loved one and their journey toward understanding and compassion, they show that even after paying the ultimate price, they are still willing to find the humanity in each other. If they can choose peace, surely anyone can.
The Parents Circle visits synagogues throughout the United States with bereaved members (one Israeli, one Palestinian). One Israeli and one Palestinian share the stories of their lost ones and talk about their journey from revenge to reconciliation. Rather than promoting any particular government or party, members simply speak from their hearts about seeing the humanity in each other, laying groundwork for understanding and peace.
You’ll hear from:
Laila Alsheikh lives in Bethlehem in the West Bank. In 2002, her 6-month-old son, Qussay, became ill and Israeli soldiers prevented Layla from taking him to the hospital for more than five hours. Qussay soon died from the lack of timely treatment. Layla joined the Parents Circle in 2016. Following her son’s death, she never thought of revenge, but rather has devoted her time and energy to ensuring a better, more peaceful future for her children.
Niv Sarig is from Kfar Sava, Israel. In September 1996, on the eve of the Sukkot, Niv’s brother, Guy Sarig, was killed in action. He was serving as a border patrol officer in Tul-Karm in the West Bank. Guy was shot by a Palestinian sniper while attempting to save the life of a fellow Israeli soldier. Niv later joined the Parents Circle, and alongside bereaved Palestinian members, speaks to audiences about his story and his choice of reconciliation as a path toward peace.+ More... - Less...
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