Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum
What must it be like to have lost a child, a parent, a sister or brother in the bitter conflict in Palestine and Israel?
On Thursday 26th September Sana Knaneh, current Development Director of the UK charity Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum is coming from London especially to address the Upper School in the afternoon and then, at 7.30 in the evening, give a presentation to our community and the general public about the charity’s work supporting bereaved families across the Palestinian/Israeli divide.
Today, more than 600 families from both sides of the divide, all of whom have lost family members in the conflict, have chosen to reach out to the other side and work together for peace and reconciliation. This work has been building since 1994 when The Parent’s Circle- Families Forum was first formed and the UK charity exists to raise funds to support them in their on-going work of raising public awareness in Israel and abroad and developing educational and advocacy projects that ‘foster dialogue and empathy towards both Israelis and Palestinians’.
This is important and very challenging work: those involved are seeking to transform the pain of their anger, grief and loss into a catalyst for peace, reconciliation and tolerance. In January. they faced the loss of their US aid which the Trump Administration decided to cut, putting at risk two key peace-building projects the success and importance of which Sana will explain. It’s hoped that we at SAH can stage an event that will raise both our awareness and some much needed financial support. So, though there’s no charge, please consider giving a generous donation.
Sana is a Palestinian citizen of Israel currently based in London. She holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Master’s degree in International Strategy and Diplomacy from the LSE. She’s a certified peace and conflict resolution facilitator and is also a researcher at the Mitvim- the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign policies and focuses on the role of the Palestinian citizens of Israel in foreign affairs.
Please help spread the word, make a note in your diaries and come along!
David (Donaldson) email@example.com