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“Peace: Israelis and Palestinians Advocate for ‘The Unwanted Cycle'”

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Peace Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin are two fathers who share a painful bond as both have lost their young daughters to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite their deep personal losses, they have chosen a path of reconciliation and peace.

Turning Tragedy into Activism

These two bereaved fathers are members of the Parents Circle, an organization that comprises families from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict who have experienced the loss of loved ones due to violence. Their mission is to transform their personal tragedies into a grassroots peace movement.

A Unique Perspective on the Conflict

Amid the ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas, Elhanan and Aramin stress the importance of their message. They firmly believe that more violence will only perpetuate a never-ending cycle of bloodshed. They argue that the situation is far more complex than simple blame games, stating that all individuals involved are ultimately victims of the conflict.

A Plea for Healing and Bridges

Both fathers emphasize the futility of seeking revenge and hatred and call for those who have suffered loss to invest in a more peaceful future. They encourage using the pain as a catalyst for building bridges instead of graves. Elhanan and Aramin remain dedicated to spreading this message of peace, even in the face of a conflict that continues to escalate.

A Call for Cessation and Compassion

Elhanan and Aramin urge an end to the cycle of violence, emphasizing that more killing will only lead to more death. They advocate for understanding and empathy between all parties involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A Journey Towards Peace

Elhanan’s path to becoming a “peace warrior” began with a meeting of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families, where he was welcomed with open arms. The experience gave him hope and purpose in his life.

Discovering Empathy Through Pain

Aramin’s transition away from violence occurred during his imprisonment when he realized the importance of empathy. He no longer saw the conflict in black and white terms and came to believe that non-violence is the only way forward.

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