"The color of our blood is red, the suffering that each of us experienced is enormous, all of our tears are equally bitter. If we can talk to each other everyone can."
These are the words of members of the Parents Circle– Families Forum (PCFF), based jointly in Israel and Palestine and this year’s award recipient and speakers for The Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum to be held Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 pm at Trinitarian Congregational Church. The Forum honors the memory of Al Filipov who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The PCFF is a unique organization made up of more than 600 Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families. Since its establishment in 1995, the members – all of whom have lost a family member to the conflict – have undertaken a joint effort in the midst of ongoing violence to transform their incredible loss and pain into a catalyst for reconciliation and peace. Members have chosen to convert anger, vengeance, helplessness, and despair into actions of hope through education, public awareness, and advocacy projects that foster humanization and empathy towards both Israelis and Palestinians. They believe that a mutual recognition of the personal and national narrative of each side is critical to achieving a lasting peace.
Moreover, the PCFF has concluded that the process of reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable peace. Although the PCFF has no stated position on the political solution of the conflict, most of its members agree that the solution must be based on free negotiations between the leadership of both sides to ensure basic human rights, the establishment of two states for two peoples, and the signing of a peace treaty. The historic reconciliation between the two nations is a necessary condition for obtaining a sustainable peace treaty.
Presentation of the Al Fillipov Peace & Justice Award followed by remarks from a Palestinian and an Israeli member of the Parents Circle.
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