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Grieving Palestinians & Israelis work for peace

April 6, 2011


A section of Israel's separation barrier divides the West Bank village of Walajeh, left, and the nearby Jewish settlement of Har Gilo, right, outside Jerusalem on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Hour 1

The Parents Circle – Families Forum is an organization of bereaved families on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian struggle who are becoming a powerful force for peace there. ALI ABU AWWAD is a Palestinian nonviolence activist who knows about loss: shot in the leg by an Israeli settler, he returned from a lengthy treatment to find that his brother Yusef had been killed by an Israeli soldier. So too has the life of YUVAL RAHAMIM been touched by tragedy: His father was killed fighting for Israel in 1967’s Six Day War, and his desire for revenge led him up the ranks of the Israel Defense Forces, until his subsequent life and family convinced him that the tragedies, killings, and hate on both sides must stop and that he needed to play an active role in it. Together they are part of a group of 500 Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost close family members and who work together for reconciliation and a just resolution to the conflict. They spoke at Villanova yesterday on a Catholic Relief Services-sponsored tour, and they’re our guests today in our studio.

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