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Our Tears are the Same Color: A Conversation with Robi Damelin & Laila Alsheikh
December 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Parents Circle-Families Forum (PCFF) is a grassroots organization of Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost immediate family members due to the conflict and which operates under the principle that a process of reconciliation is a prerequisite for achieving sustained peace.
Bereaved Israeli and Palestinian mothers, Robi and Layla, have paid the highest price to the conflict and yet, if they can choose peace, anyone can.
Meet Robi Damelin and Layla Al-Sheikh of the Parents Circle and hear their personal story of loss and why they have chosen a path of peace.
Join us to hear how the Parents Circle’s work to promote reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. American Friends of the Parents Circle-Families Forum (AF-PCFF) shares the human side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the American public in order to foster a peace and reconciliation process.
Bet Am Shalom Synagogue, Congregation Kol Ami, and Temple Israel Center are co-sponsoring this timely presentation.
Robi Damelin is the Israeli spokesperson of the Parents Circle. Her son, David, was killed by a Palestinian sniper in 2002 while guarding a checkpoint. Robi was named a 2015 Woman of Impact by Women in the World. She was selected by the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice as one of four Women PeaceMakers. She is the protagonist featured in the documentary, One Day after Peace. Robi was invited to brief the Security Council at the United Nations in May 2022.
Layla Alsheikh lives in the West Bank. In 2002, her 6-month-old son, Qussay, became ill from exposure to tear gas. Israeli soldiers prevented Layla from taking him to the hospital for more than five hours. Qussay soon died from the lack of timely treatment. Layla joined the Parents Circle in 2016. Following her son’s death, she never thought of revenge, but rather has devoted her time and energy to ensuring a better, more peaceful future for her children.