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Parents Circle - Families Forum Newsletter



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.


Image The start of 2009 did not bode well for the work of the PCFF. War in Gaza threatened to hinder our work and of course created fear for the lives of friends and members on both sides. If ever there was proof that the situation on the ground did not affect our attitudes or work, it was this time. In fact the Palestinian and Israeli members of the PCFF continued to participate in the classroom dialogues, despite the sometimes cruel and nasty remarks by the students. It was so heartwarming to note how the attitudes changed after a dialog and proved once again the necessity for these meetings.

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A glimpse of the Irish conflict

ImageA joint journey from Dublin to Belfast, 20-28 January 2010.

Last summer, twelve PCFF-members participated in a small workshop "Healing through Story Telling" in Neve Shalom.

Alistair Little from Ireland and Wilhelm Verwoerd from South Africa were very impressed with the Israeli and Palestinian participants and the activities of the PCFF, and invited the group to continue their joint journey in Ireland and acquaint themselves with the Irish conflict.

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Cartooning in Conflict exhibition - London

ImageThe shadowy crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields is a fitting setting for this exhibition of war cartoons about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The cartoons have been drawn by 35 artists from around the world.

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Impact Assessment: Evaluating the ‘Dialogue Encounters’ of the PCFF

Bill Thomson, from the School of International Relations, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, UK, showed in his research that over 89% of Palestinian and Israeli participants showed a willingness to actively engage in the process of reconciliation.
Contact wwt@st-andrews.ac.uk. Translation by Danielle Bett, University of St. Andrews.

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PCFF Dialogue Encounters: September 2009 - February 2010

September 2009; 23 dialogue encounters, 19 of them were bi-national (with an Israeli and a Palestinian lecturer).

October 2009; 77 dialogue encounters, 71 of them were bi-national.

November 2009; 109 dialogue encounters, 98 of them were bi-national.

December 2009; 96 dialogue encounters, 96 of them were bi-national.

January 2010; 106 dialogue encounters, 96 of them were bi-national.

February 2010; 123 dialogue encounters, 120 of them were bi-national.

A total of 534 dialogue encounters.

ImageDear Friends, the Parents Circle - Families Forum apologize to all owners of the Cartooning in Conflict Calendar. Unfortunately there is a mistake in the month of December, 2010. Please do not relate to the days of the holidays as they are incorrect. We are so sorry, and hope that you will nevertheless enjoy the cartoons, and we promise to do better next time.


We would like to thank (in alphabetical order); Alan Guttman, Lloyd Howell, James Tipp, Sara Ting, for finding us inspirational and worthy.

Here is Lloyd Howell's poem. We hope to publish more poems in the future.


They are gone

for The Parents Circle

They are gone,
irretrievably gone –
like day swallowed by night,
like dust taken by the wind –
gone to salt in our veins.

They were killed
by folly, by hateful intent,
by mistake, by blindness,
by Israeli, by Palestinian.

No matter how,
no matter now,
no matter by who,
for they are gone,
gone to where no one comes back.

But still, we can not forget them;
every time night comes we are swallowed by grief,
every time the wind blows we are reminded,
every time our hearts beat
the salt stings as it courses through our veins –
only mutual, unspeakable emptiness remains
and of this we choose to speak.

We are the parents
of darkness, dust and salt,
transcending race, religion and nation –
we are the common denominator
of all suffering.

And we forbid you
to perpetrate hate in their sacred names.
And we forbid you
to kill the child of yet another parent.

YOU who would enlarge this circle;
cease and desist,
for you have not the blessing
of the night, the wind or the salt,
and none from us
or God –
the Author of Life, both sacred and mundane.

by Lloyd Howell,

This poem will be appearing in Lloyd Howell's soon to be published poetry book - Sleepless in Jerusalem.

Your Support

You can also become an important part of the Parents Circle by supporting our efforts to end the bloodshed, violence and cycle of hate. To ensure the continuation of our projects your generous support is needed. The Parents Circle – Families Forum is a U.S.A. registered 501c3 not-for-profit organization.

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