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Israel office: Hayasmin 1 St., Ramat-Efal, 5296000; Palestinian Office: 123 Al-Nuzha St., Beit Jala, West Bank, Palestine
972-3-5355089 or 970-2-2754447

Domaines thématiques

Children and youth
Culture, media & advocacy
Development
Human rights
Mediation & Dialogue
Peace education
Technology and peacebuilding
Transitional justice and reconciliation
Women, Peace and Security

Le cercle de Parents - familles Forum (PCFF) est une organisation israélienne palestinienne conjointe de plus de 600 familles, qui ont perdu un membre de la famille proche à cause du conflit prolongé.

Activités conjointes ont montré que la réconciliation entre les nations et les individus est possible et c'est cette idée que l'on cherche à transmettre aux deux côtés du conflit. En outre, la PCFF a conclu que le processus de réconciliation entre les peuples est une condition préalable à l'instauration d'une paix durable. L'organisation a donc utilise toutes les ressources disponibles en matière d'éducation, les réunions publiques et des médias, de diffuser ces idées.

Composé de plusieurs centaines de familles endeuillées, moitié palestiniens et des Israéliens de la moitié, le Forum des familles a joué un rôle crucial dans le fer de lance un processus de réconciliation entre Israéliens et Palestiniens.

Mis à jour récemment: %s Novembre 2018

How you can help

How to make a donation

http://theparentscircle.org/en/contribution_eng/

The impact of your donation

The PCFF is a not-for-profit organization funded by donations. It is these donations that make it possible to run some of the Forum’s key activities, among them the “dialogue meetings” and the Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day. We seek your donations, so we will be able to pave the way for those who believe in promoting peace and in stopping the hostility, and for those engaged with bridging the rare and fragile gap of listening and recognition.

How to promote this organisation

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How you can participate

http://theparentscircle.org/en/pcff-activities_eng/

Projets

Women’s Group

Throughout the years, the PCFF Women’s Group has produced a variety of significant activities and events all aimed towards spreading the word of reconciliation between the two nations

Hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians have participated over the years, calling to change the current situation and to find a solution for the conflict

 

The Parents Circle Families Forum Women’s Group was born out of a need to express and bring forth the voice of the women in our orgnization. This group has gained momentum and strength since its foundation. Its aim is to equip women from both side of the conflict to acquire an authoritative voice and a real say in any future reconciliation process. The group was formed by some 20 women and has gone on to include more than 150 women from all walks of life who form and participate in a variety of vital international campaigns.

Every March, we celebrate International Women’s Day. We hold large gatherings under the name “Neighbors” – open to the public – focusing on various topics, including the role of women in the reconciliation process. Many of the women in the group have received training to lead dialogue groups, this has become an integral part of our work both in Israel and Palestine and internationally.

The Women’s Group operates numerous vital events and projects, which have become pivotal parts of the orgnization’s core campaigns: it has put together art exhibitions that have been showcased in museums and galleries all over the world, as well as produced a joint Palestinian-Israeli cookbook, titled “Jam Session”, which has been sold internationally. The group’s Taking Steps for Peace project has been launched in the European Parliament, as well as in the Bundestag in Germany and in the Washington Congress. The group has created and continues to hold intensive workshops, which have become a blessed addition to our work.

 

Young Ambassadors for Peace

The purpose of working with young PCFF adults is to create a joint leadership, to be the next generation of the PCFF and to be able to address youth groups in Israel and in Palestine, and to deliver the message of reconciliation

The project includes leadership workshops, learning about the Palestinian narrative as well as the Israeli narrative, instruction skills development and more

 

In recent years, the PCFF has been working with a cohort of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian young adults (ages 18-27) who have either been through our youth programs consistently, or exposed to PCFF messages and activities through their parents’ membership in the organization. The purpose of working with young PCFF adults is to create a joint leadership, to be the next generation of the PCFF and to be able to address youth groups in Israel and in Palestine, and to deliver the message of reconciliation.
A special program is established every year for youth groups, which includes leadership workshops, learning about the Palestinian narrative and the Israeli narrative, instruction skills development and more. Throughout the year and mostly in the summer months, young PCFF members take on the role of instructors in the youth summer camp and gatherings.
At the closing event of the program, the group presented their joint work at the #hope4change photo exhibition that reflected the process that they underwent through the program. The event took place at Jaffa Theater during May 2018.

Two Sides

The Parallel Narrative Project participants share their experience from the joint meetings with the other side

The joint meeting between the participants reinforced their understanding of the other side, and motivated them to act together to promote reconciliation and recognition of the other side

 

The “Two Sides” project is an initiative born from the PCFF “PNE” – The Parallel Narrative Experience.
The joint meeting between Israeli and Palestinian participants and between the two groups’ different narratives, reinforced their understanding of the other side, and motivated them to act together to promote reconciliation and recognition of the other side.
In the “Two Sides” project, the participants chose to relate their experience from their joint meeting with the other side and described how looking at the conflict from the perspective of the other side, even if only for a brief moment, strengthened their understanding that peace is the only solution.
We invite you to visit the project’s website to read the participants’ stories.

Peace & Reconciliation Camp

The activity brings together Israeli and Palestinian teens for five days of shared experiences, in order to help dispel stereotypes and create the team of leaders of the next generation

Throughout the camp, the teens participate in dialogue circles where they share their thoughts and feelings, and learn to listen to each other and respect different opinions

 

Each summer, the PCFF holds a youth camp for peace and Reconciliation in several locations around Israel. The activity, which began in 2003, brings together 40 Israeli and Palestinian teens, aged 14 to 18, for five days of shared experiences, in order to help dispel stereotypes and create the team of leaders of the next generation. Through shared trips, activities and workshops, the participants are exposed to the culture, lifestyle and customs of both sides. This meeting lets these teenagers find out in a direct and intimate manner how their peers on the other side of the fence live – what they think about, their dreams and what they have in common and their differences.
Throughout the camp, the teens participate in dialogue circles where they share their thoughts and feelings, and learn to listen to each other and respect different opinions. The groups are led by two instructors, Israeli and Palestinian, and through them, the teens communicate with one another, despite their different languages. The camp counselors are young adults who, as youth, participated in the program in past years.
The summer program provides its participants with a variety of activities:

  • A dialogue meeting: A meeting with two PCFF members, an Israeli and a Palestinian, who share their personal bereavement story and their journey to chose reconciliation and dialogue over hatred and revenge. In the discussion afterwards, the teens can ask the members questions, and at the end of the meeting the participants have time for emotional processing of the discussion and experience.

  • Field trips and community connection: Each summer program is held in a different location in Israel, exposing the participants to the history, the narrative and the unique culture of the place. Program participants engage in activities in the community they are visiting, while expanding the outreach of the PCFF activities.

  • At the beach and at the pool: Every year, participants also enjoy visiting the swimming pool and the beach. For Palestinian members, it’s an especially exciting and happy experience, since most of them don’t have access to the beach.

  • ODT (Out Door Training): A special ice-breaking activity that relaxes and empowers the participants. Through group games out in the open air, these teenagers merge as a group, their trust strengthens, they work in teams, develop leadership skills and much more.

  • The Colors of Life game: A board game which was specifically prepared by the youth programs staff and aims to forge a “team spirit” and for participants to get better acquainted. The game includes cards with different topics, personal questions, general knowledge questions and group tasks, that allow the participants to get to know each other. The game was created with the support of the Spanish organization: Irenia, Peace Games.

During the camp days, the teens take part in special experiential workshops that let them communicate and express themselves in ways other than verbally, for example by motion, theater, circus, juggling, music, Capoeira, making mandalas and more. Towards the end of the camp, each group makes a shared art project reflects their new views.

The Parallel Narrative Experience

The project brings different groups of Israelis and Palestinians together, to learn about the personal and national narrative of the “other”

The learning experience in the meetings is based on a combination of historical national information and the personal and familial stories of the participants

 

All people are born with desires, aspirations and wishes they seek to achieve. But, in societies that live in ongoing conflict, these wishes and aspirations are very much determined by the narrative of the community a person is born into. The community’s story, its perceptions and beliefs, all greatly determine a person’s position and role.
We perceive the narratives we are born into as the truth, and many factors are at play to keep each side only recognizing its own story and tragedies. The physical and emotional distance between the two conflicted communities doesn’t allow either side to hear its counterpart and thus the sides don’t meet or recognize one another.
It is from this perspective that the PCFF initiated the Narratives project. Through this project, we don’t seek to cancel or approve any specific narrative, but rather to create a journey through the personal and national history of each side, through meaningful dialogue, respect and understanding that each personal and national narrative holds a truth in it.

Since 2010, the PCFF Parallel Narrative Experience brings together groups of 15 Israelis and 15 Palestinians for a module with unilateral and bilateral workshops and dialogue activities in order to learn about the personal and national narrative of the “other”, as an important step towards reconciliation between the peoples.
This PNE focuses on reconciliation on the interpersonal levels where individuals deal with changing attitudes, recognizing the past and current situation. They do this by interpreting their personal and historical narratives, and the personal and historical narrative of the other as part of, or a complement to, the larger public and national narrative. The project uses sites such as “Yad Vashem” museum to learn about the Holocaust and the village Lifta which was destroyed in 1948, to learn about the Palestinian Nakba, as a way to provide a concrete context to illustrate the interpretation of historical, personal and national narratives from both sides and the complexity of the conflict.

Despite the charged subjects, the facilitators, who are bereaved PCFF members, make sure they provide a safe space that allows all the participants to take part in an empathic and inclusive dialogue. Participants are exposed to the messages of dialogue and reconciliation as promoted by the PCFF, and understand the importance of recognizing the “other”. When these meetings end, project graduates (alumni) are invited to take an active part in the alumni community, and to join the work and activities for advancing reconciliation between the peoples.
The PNE-based projects have been predominantly funded from the get go by USAID and the EU.

Dialogue Meetings

One of the main activities, through which PCFF members seek to convey its message, is in dialogue meetings for youth and adults, in schools, community centers and other frameworks

The meetings are led by two PCFF members, an Israeli and a Palestinian, who tell their personal stories of bereavement and explain their choice to engage in dialogue instead of revenge

 

The bloody conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian societies has taken a heavy toll from each and every one of the PCFF members.
It is through this pain that all of the PCFF members have chosen to exchange their feelings of rage and revenge, helplessness, despair and the void, with activities of hope for reconciliation.
One of the main activities, through which PCFF members seek to convey its message, is in dialogue meetings for youth and adults, in schools, community centers and other frameworks.  The meetings are led by two PCFF members, an Israeli and a Palestinian, who tell their personal stories of bereavement and explain their choice to engage in reconciliation instead of revenge. Through the years, the PCFF has arranged almost 7,000 dialogue meetings, with more than 200,000 participating youth and adults. PCFF members are also invited each year to various events abroad. They give lectures and attend conferences in their capacity of facilitators and messengers as reconciliation dialogue meetings.

Each meeting lasts 90 minutes, and includes the facilitators’ personal story and their journey towards reconciliation, a short display of PCFF activities and  then a time for questions and answers. The meetings are held in Hebrew, Arabic and English, according to the audience.

We recommend to teachers and educators who plan on hosting dialogue meetings in their classes, to talk with the students before the meeting, and to hold a discussion to process the meeting afterwards. We have developed an educational kit which includes lesson plans and background as well as enrichment materials, which will contribute to a productive discussion with the students and to attaining the goals of the meeting.
The PCFF Dialogue Meetings were approved and entered into the Ministry of Education’s pool of suggested external programs.

We are happy to meet with International groups, in homes, companies, organizations, institutions, and the like, who are interested to meet both Israelis and Palestinians, and to conduct a free discussion filled with hope.