From Loss to Hope: Two women work for reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians
Monday, May 16th 2005 varied
DC, NYC, KC, and west coast venues; check website for details, DC
At a time when extremist opinions of the conflict in Israel/Palestine are often heard, two women - one Israeli and one Palestinian - are working together to make their voices heard in the struggle. Both have lost family members to the conflict. Yet both are determined to share their hope for a peaceful future and to serve as living examples of reconciliation.
Robi Damelin is an Israeli woman from Tel Aviv whose youngest son, David, 28, was killed by a Palestinian sniper three years ago in the West Bank. An active member of the Israeli peace movement, David taught philosophy at Tel Aviv University, when he and many of his students were called up to join the reserves. He was very conflicted about serving in the occupied territories but determined to treat Palestinians with dignity. Following David’s death, Robi closed her successful public relations firm and devoted all her energies to efforts to promote dialogue, tolerance and reconciliation.
Nadwa Saranda is a Palestinian woman from East Jerusalem who manages a large cement factory and is the mother of two adolescents. Nadwa’s sister, Naila, was a public health consultant who was stabbed to death by a Jewish settler on the streets of East Jerusalem. After Naila's death, Nadwa refused to speak to anyone about her sister and her pain. Members of The Parents’ Circle reached out to her and now she spends a great deal of time and energy conveying the message of reconciliation to people on all sides of the conflict and around the world.
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Fellowship of Reconciliation
Resource Center for Nonviolence