Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, who each lost a sister in the conflict, spoke to hundreds of FBFF supporters about the part the Bereaved Families Forum is playing to advance reconciliation between their two communities.

Arab Aramin was born in Jerusalem in 1994. He studied for a Diploma in Information Technology at Bradford University. He now lives in Jerusalem and works as a traffic inspector in Israel. His wife is also a member of the Parents Circle – she lost her grandfather and other family members in the conflict. Their first child was born a year ago.

Arab lost his sister Abir in 2007. He says: "My sister Abir was 10 years old when she was shot right in front of her school by an Israeli soldier. I joined the PCFF to work together with the other side for reconciliation and a just resolution to the conflict."

Today he is a facilitator in the Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF) dialogue meetings, and a leading counsellor at the PCFF annual Youth Summer Camp for Palestinian and Israeli youth.

Yigal Elhanan is a facilitator at dialogue meetings run by the Parents Circle-Families Forum (PCFF), where he first learned about the strength that comes from joint Jewish-Palestinian education and human encounter. He travels throughout Israel, always with a Palestinian partner, talking to youth and young adults about the need for reconciliation.

Yigal lost his 14-year-old sister Smadar in a suicide bombing in 1997. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Middle Eastern History and working as a shared society educator in several organisations, strengthening the bonds and interactions between Palestinians and Jews.

Yigal says: "I am part of PCFF because it is the only organisation that is putting radical and honest Israeli and Palestinian
co-operation on its flag, and as a beacon in its activities."

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