The Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost an immediate family member to the ongoing conflict. Moreover, the PCFF has concluded that the process of reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable peace. The organization thus utilizes all resources available in education, public meetings and the media, to spread these ideas.
The Parents Circle-Families Forum was created in 1995 by Mr. Yitzhak Frankenthal and a few Israeli families. The first meeting between bereaved Palestinians from Gaza and Israeli families took place in 1998. These families identified with a call to prevent bereavement , to promote dialogue, tolerance, reconciliation and peace. The contact with these Palestinian families came to an end with the second “Intifada” uprising. At the same time, that is in the year 2,000 contact was established with Palestinians from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, who in turn joined in with the activities of the Parents Circle – Families Forum. This group together with their Israeli partners, established the essence of the work of the Parents Circle today.
The Parents Circle – Families Forum is the only association in the world that does not wish to welcome any newly members into its fold.
To create a framework for a reconciliation between the 2 people that takes into account that any political peace agreement must include an infrastructure for the process of reconciliation.
To work towards an end to violence and towards achieving an accepted political agreement.
To influence the public and the political decision makers to choose reconciliation and the path of peace over violence and war in order to achieve a just settlement based on empathy and understanding.
To avoid the use of bereavement for further violence and retribution.
Bereaved PCFF members are opposed to the Occupation and believe that that attaining historical reconciliation between the nations is a prerequisite for turning a future peace treaty into sustainable Peace.