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Cartooning in Conflict
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PCFF Newsletter; May - August 2009

Dear Friends
PCFF is a community of Israelis and Palestinians who have lost close family members during the conflict. Together, they promote a long term reconciliation process through dialog and mutual understanding.

The Parents Circle - Families Forum is proud to share some of the highlights of our work on the ground in the last months.

Cartooning in Conflict

The PCFF, together with Israel's most famous cartoonist 'Kichka' as curator, have created an exhibition of cartoons with a reflection on conflict, its consequences and in many of the works hope and reconciliation. This exhibit, will act as a catalyst for the Parents Circle - Families Forum to bring its message of empathy rather than revenge, of dialog rather than violence to an audience who might otherwise never have been exposed to an alternative to the hatred and impasse in the Middle East. Some of the world's most famous cartoonists, many of whom have won the "Pulitzer" and other prestigious awards have contributed their works to this exhibition which will include round 60 - 100 cartoons. We created a calendar from the cartoons that displays the Moslem, Jewish, Druze and Christian holidays. We will also create a catalog. All the funds from the sale of the above will go towards the education project in Israeli and Palestinian schools. The Exhibition will open in September 12, 20:00 PM, at the Cartoon Museum in Holon Israel, and we hope Bethlehem or Ramalla and then travel to many European Capitals. We would like to bring it to New York in 2010. It will then go to Washington where we are exploring venues. We would also like to send it to the West Coast as well as Miami. The Exhibition will always be accompanied by a Palestinian and an Israeli member of our group so that lectures on reconciliation will be part of all venues. Being exposed to the cartoons and also to a Palestinian and Israeli who have paid the highest price and yet are willing to speak in one voice for reconciliation, can only benefit any audience.

Famous names like Oliphant, Danziger, Donnelly and Morin from the States, No Rio, Japan, Plantu France, El-Roto Spain, Wilcox Australia are just a small example of the quality of work.

The calendar is a perfect gift for the holiday season!

Price - 20$

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Greetings from Japan

ImagePCFF youth delegation to Japan - 2009

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Leonard Cohen sings for peace / Roni Hirshenson

ImageThe compassionate poetry and music of Leonard Cohen has been my tranquilizer and soothing influence over the difficult period I have been through.

So one day I just got up and flew to the States to see and hear him.

And so began a journey which has culminated in a concert here in Israel whose proceeds will be donated to the Parents Circle and other NOGs committed to peace.

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The Arab House and the Sefarad-Israel House have jointly forwarded the candidacy of the Israeli-Palestinian NGO Parents Circle-Families Forum for the Prince of Asturias Concord Award.

ImageWe are publishing today the joint communiqué of Casa Sefarad-Israel and Casa Arabe in which they advance the candidacy of The Parents Circle- Families Forum to the prestigious Prince of Asturias Prize of the Concorde. Regardless of the fact if the PCFF will or will not be distinguished with this award, the importance of this joint action cannot be exaggerated.

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Dialogue 4 the Future - 2009

Image Summer Camp; Rechnitz/Austria, with participants from Israel, Hungary, Palestine and Austria.

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Women’s Meeting

ImageThe Ladies of the Forum have been meeting for the past three and a half years, once every few months. Their last meeting was held on Friday (25.6.09), at the Arab-Jewish Center in Jaffa.

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Messengers of Reconciliation

ImageSapir College Students and West Bank students Attend Joint Seminar, June 4th-6th, 2009.

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Reconciliation workshop at Beit Jala

ImageExperts from the International Center For Religion and Diplomacy - Straus Institute came specifically to Beit Jala to teach a three-day workshop to PCFF members about reconciliation. The workshop ran May 14-16, 2009.

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The Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem invited the PCFF to a meeting with H.H. Pope Benedict XVI

Image Jerusalem, Monday, May 11, 2009. The Pope addressed the audience gathered at the Pontifical Notre Dame Center and mentioned specifically the presence of representatives of bereaved families among the groups gathered around the spiritual dialogue.

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From the Media: Watch Rami and Mazen - Newsweekly

ImageIt’s a common observation that one of the most important paths to peace between enemies is to learn to see others not as demonized stereotypes, but as unique human beings. When she was in the Middle East last month, Kim Lawton learned about the Parents Circle-Families Forum — Israeli Jews and Palestinian Muslims who have lost loved ones in their long conflict but have learned to replace hate with reconciliation, even friendship. Here is Kim’s special report.

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YOUR SUPPORT - PCFF Dialog meetings between Israelis and Palestinians on Global Giving

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