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article imageShared grief: Israeli and Palestinian families mourn together

By Anne Sewell     May 19, 2012 in World
Tel Aviv - The Parents Circle - Families Forum unites the families of both Palestinians and Israelis who have lost loved ones in the conflict between them.
When people have lost loved ones, their feelings of grief and bereavement are the same, no matter what nationality they are.
Over the years many Israeli and Palestinian families have lost sons, daughters, husbands and wives in the continuing conflict between both sides.
Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF) is a grassroots organization of bereaved Palestinians and Israelis and promotes reconciliation as an alternative to hatred and revenge.
PCFF was formed in 1995 by Yitzhak Frakental in conjunction with several bereaved Israeli families. In 1998 they started meeting with a group of Palestinian families from Gaza. Families from both sides wish to prevent further bereavement by opening up dialogue, through tolerance, peace and reconciliation.
Meeting of the Parents Circle - Families Forum
Meeting of the Parents Circle - Families Forum
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Now a joint Palestinian-Israeli organization, all 600 member families have lost a close family member as a result of the conflict between both sides.
The PCFF and its members feels that the process of reconciliation is essential in achieving a sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians. It is now registered as an association and managed jointly by professional staff consisting of both Israelis and Palestinians. They have two offices, with the Palestinian office in Ei'ram and the Israeli office in Ramat Ef'al, Tel Aviv.
The PCFF states that they have no position on the political solution of the ongoing conflict, but most of their members agree that the solution must be based on free negotiation between both sides. This must ensure basic human rights and the establishment of two states, one Israeli and one Palestinian, and the signing of a peace treaty between them.
The video, produced by RT News, introduces us to some of the families involved in the forum who tell their individual stories of loss and bereavement.
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