Please join us in welcoming the Parents Circle Families Forum
Saturday, November 2, 5 pm to 7 pm
Beth El Temple Center, 2 Concord Avenue, Belmont
The Parents Circle Families Forum 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. The PCFF hopes for the day that political leaders reach agreement for peace. But they strongly believe that reconciliation between the Israeli and Palestinian people is essential to ensuring that peace is sustainable.
Join PCFF’s bereaved members, Robi Damelin and Mazen Faraj as they share their stories of loss and their unique choice of reconciliation. 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.
Presentation and discussion will be followed by Havdalah (6:30 pm) and refreshments.
Robi Damelin is the Israeli spokesperson of the Parents Circle. Her son David was killed by a Palestinian sniper in 2002 while guarding a checkpoint near a settlement during his army reserve service. Robi speaks to Israeli, Palestinian and international audiences all over the world to demand that reconciliation be a part of any peace agreement.
Mazen Faraj lives in Daheshah refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Palestine. 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 aged 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 is the Co- General Director of the Parents Circle.
This event is co-sponsored by BETC Adult Learning and Social Action Committees
as well as September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.
Attendance is free, but registration is requested.
PLEASE CONTACT: Elissa Grad at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this event or
with any questions you might have.