Events with Parents Circle Families Forum

The Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF), a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization made up of more than 600 bereaved families, will be sending Israeli and Palestinian members Robi Damelin and Mazen Faraj to the Bay Area for a few days this November. The pair’s 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.

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. Robi was named a 2015 Woman of Impact by Women in the World.

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.

Join Invest in Peace and Parents Circle Families Forum as they share their stories of loss and their unique choice of reconciliation at the following events:

East Bay
Wednesday, November 7, 7:00-8:30pm
Chochmat HaLev
2215 Prince St, Berkeley

San Francisco
Thursday, November 8, 12:00-1:30pm
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
121 Steuart St, Lower Level Conference Room, San Francisco

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.

These events are free and open to the public. Please register in advance to attend.