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PCFF

B Y : G A B B I E Z O L KOW S K I
UNFAMILIAR TERMS

• Bereaved- suffering the death of a loved one


• Mitigate- to cause to become less harsh
• Beit Jala- Palestinian town in Bethlehem Governorate of the West Bank.
• Ramat Ef’al- a neighborhood in central Israel.
• Catharsis- a purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from
tension.
PFCC

• PFCC stands for Parents Circle Families Forum


• PFCC is a Palestinian/ Israeli organization with a lot of families in it, who have all 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. The organization thus utilizes all resources
available in education, public meetings and the media, to spread these ideas.
• The PCFF was established in 1995, by Yitzhak Frankental and several bereaved Israeli families.
• Right now, the organization has offices in Beit Jala and Ramat Ef’al.
PFCC PROJECTS

• Taking Steps in the Path of Peace- The Taking Steps project was created to spread the Parents
Circle's message of reconciliation .The first product to come out of this is the 'Bird of Peace' which
was hand embroidered onto sports shoes and became an iconic symbol of reconciliation for the
Parents Circle.
• Dialogue Meeting Program- The Dialogue Meetings are the most important work in the
organization. It enables the organization to reach more than 25,000 students annually. These
meetings address Israeli and Palestinian students and adults.
• The Narrative Project- PCFF show reconciliation work through the use of personal narratives, the
program aims at building trust, empathy and mutual understanding between Palestinians and Israelis
through the parallel narrative experience. The program provides an avenue for Israelis and
Palestinians to understand the national and individual narrative of the other.
PCFF PROJECTS CONT.

• Women’s Group- The women's group of the PCFF has been meeting since 2006.These are
women who have all suffered great tragedy in their lives. These women belong to a forum of
bereaved families; Palestinian and Israeli. They have done a lot of things for other people, in any
many ways has been a catharsis for these women towards closure.
• Crack in the Wall- The Israeli-Palestinian Facebook community acts to create a "crack" in the
proverbial and literal wall by engaging Palestinians and Israelis to associate and get to know
each other and mitigate their impressions on one another. The Facebook community of more
than 28,000 members, provides an social network for Israelis and Palestinians to connect.