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Blessed are the Peacemakers – Parents’ Circle Families’ Forum

Parents’ Circle Families’ Forum is a group of Israelis and Palestinians who have all lost loved ones in the conflict, and yet come together to work for peace and reconciliation.

Richard Attenborough, presenting Parents’ Circle with the 2010 Gandhi Foundation award, said they are ‘guided by one of the highest forms of Gandhian ideals, that of dialoguing with and understanding the adversary's point of view and finding common ground on which to base a solution.’

In this video, an Israeli mother and a Palestinian son talk about using the power of pain to work for peace.

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