Bassam Aramin and Robi Damelin interview on the BBC’s prestigious Today programme.
Interview with FBFF Secretary Chani Smith
Article about the relationship between Forum members Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan
NYT has published a stunning photographic essay by Rina Castelnuovo about the Palestinians and Israelis who are working together for peace and reconciliation.
‘It’s very easy for both the Muslim and Jewish communities in the diaspora not to compromise; they’re not exactly put to the test every day.’
‘You don’t need a curriculum to make you hate if you live in Gaza. And it is the same for Israeli children in Sderot…’
‘I wish Obama could help us find a solution…’ – Mazen Faraj and Robi Damelin
‘If you travel with hopes and dreams, it will be easier’ – Seham Abu Awwad
From Hugh Muir’s account in The Guardian of a reception held in the Speaker’s House at Westminster on 19th June 2012
‘It is often difficult for us to meet; she lives in Israel and I in Palestine. There is a wall, checkpoints and Israeli soldiers that divide us. But our friendship is so established that no matter how many barriers we encounter, we will always find a way of keeping our friendship alive.’
“The Students’ Union hosted an event with the UK Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum which was attended by around 30 Sussex students from all backgrounds.”
‘Revenge? What for? It does not bring anyone back.’
‘Being a victim, there is so much pain… but giving up victimhood, there are so many responsibilities.’
‘She’s Israeli, he’s an Arab. War has made them like mother and son’.
Choosing reconciliation instead of revenge.
‘Pain equalises you and you start to listen and that’s when you start to understand.’