Meet Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan from The Parents Circle Families Forum. The Parents Circle is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost an immediate family member to the ongoing conflict. The Parents Circle has concluded that the process of reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable peace.
Bassam Armain lives in Anata, East Jerusalem. Early in his teens he began to fight Israel's occupation. In 1985, when he was 17, he was imprisoned and sat behind the walls for seven years. In prison, Bassam became acquainted with the history of the Jews and the background for the creation of the state of Israel. Later, he studied history and took a master's degree at the University of Bradford, UK. Bassam has been a member of The Parents Circle Family Forum since 2007, when his 10 year old daughter on January 16 was killed by the Israeli border police in front of her school in Anata.
Rami Elhanan is a graphic designer from Jerusalem. He identifies himself as a Jew, as Israelis and above all as human beings. On the first day of school of the year in September 1997, Rami's 14-year-old daughter, Smadar, was killed by two Palestinian suicide bombers. Shortly thereafter, Rami entered the The Parents Circle. Rami has the belief that one must be willing to listen to the other party. By listening, you will better understand the pain of others and enable them to understand yours. In August 2016, Rami undertook the demanding office as one of the leaders of The Parents Circle Families Forum.