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The Parents Circle- Families Forum
Bereaved Families Supporting Peace, Reconciliation and Tolerance
Bereaved Israeli mother, Robi Damelin and bereaved Palestinian father, Bassam Aramin from The Parent's Circle - Families Forum. They will discuss their own paths to reconciliation, and their work to change perspectives on both sides of the conflict.
11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Luncheon, Program & Q+A
Saint John's Cathedral is located at 1350 Washington Street at the corner of 14th Avenue and Washington Street in Denver's historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. The main doors of the Cathedral face onto 14th Avenue. Map
General and handicapped parking is available in front of the Cathedral's Welcome Center. Additional general parking is located north of 14th Avenue behind Argonaut Liquors with entrances on Washington and Clarkson Streets. Street parking is also available on the blocks around the Cathedral.
About Parents Circle - Families Form (PCFF)
Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF) is a grassroots organization of bereaved Palestinians and Israelis. The PCFF promotes reconciliation as an alternative to hatred and revenge.
PCFF is a joint Palestinian Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. Joint activities have shown that the reconciliation between individuals and nations is possible and it is this insight that they are trying to pass on to both sides of the conflict. Moreover, the PCFF has concluded that the process of reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable peace. The organization thus utilizes all resources available in education, public meetings and the media, to spread these ideas.
More on the PCFF website.
Watch the video The Table here.
About Robi Damelin
Robi Damelin grew up in South Africa and resisted apartheid before moving to Israel and starting a family. Her son David,a peace activist and a member of the IDF reserves, was killed by a Palestinian sniper.
Since then, she has dedicated her life to ending the violence and to creating a collaborative, formal truth and reconciliation process that will be ready to roll out when a political peace agreement is reached. She co-leads the PCFF’s Women’s Group. Her efforts have been the subject of several documentaries.
Read Robi's personal story here.
About Bassam Aramin
Bassam Aramin was sent to Israeli prison as a 17-year-old for his role in the Palestinian resistance. He spent seven years there, and eventually started questioning the value of armed resistance. Several years after his release, he co-founded “Combatants for Peace.”
He has refused to pick up arms since his release, even when, in 2007, his 10-year-old daughter, Abir, was killed by an Israeli soldier’s rubber bullet on her way home from school. He is also the subject of a documentary film – Within the Eye of the Storm. He is just completing his Masters in Holocaust Studies.