PCFF: One Remarkable Group of Peace Activists Who Deserve Our Attention!Submitted by wacko bird on Mon, 08/04/2014 - 05:57
Amidst the continued fighting in Israel/Palestine, amidst the mounting death toll of children, civilians and soldiers there is one group, one remarkable group of people working for peace, one group that deserves be heard by the world.
The Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF) is a group of Israelis and Palestinians, working together, for peace.
That these brave people are stepping out of the mainstream of their opposing communities to talk with one another is remarkable enough, but what really sets them apart and demands that they be listened to is this...
The group is made up of victims.
These are people who lost loved ones to the conflict, but who - instead of fanning the rage, the hate that must be the natural first reaction to losing a family member - are choosing to feed the opposite emotion, love.
They are saying to their neighbors and to the rest of the world; "No one, not you my neighbor, not even my worst enemy deserves to feel pain that I feel from the loss of my loved one."
Instead of demanding retaliation, they are calling for reconciliation.
From the PCFF website:
The Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Palestinian Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. Joint activities have shown that the reconciliation between individuals and nations is possible and it is this insight that they are trying to pass on to both sides of the 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.
This moving video protests the ongoing escalation of violence and the unbearable thought of yet another family joining the "dreaded club of the bereaved".
I hope you will do as I am doing and share the news of this group with your families and friends.
Let's push love and peace, and help make a better world.