Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians take steps for peace

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Israeli, Palestinian activists show off new ‘Peace Sneakers’ to European parliamentarians – Judy Maltz – Haaretz 14.06.16
Shoes bearing the ‘bird of peace’ are the first item to emerge from project that encourages Israeli and Palestinian women to bond through embroidery. Among the proud owners of the footwear are Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Barbara Streisand, Cate Blanchett and Tina Brown.
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Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians refuse to give up – Taking Steps in the Path of Peace
The Taking Steps project was born out of a need to spread the Parents Circle’s message of reconciliation. “The Parents Circle Families Forum is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organisation made up of more than 600 bereaved families. Our common bond is that we have lost a close family member to the conflict. But instead of choosing revenge, we have chosen a path of reconciliation. We have joined together to take Palestinians and Israelis on our personal journeys of reconciliation through educational and public awareness activities. Out of these interactions, comes change. Not the kind of change that makes headlines, but a more personal and profound shift in perspective. For many, it is the first time they have seen ‘the other side’ as human. The Parents Circle hopes for the day that political leaders reach an agreement for peace. We believe that reconciliation between the Israeli and Palestinian people is essential to ensuring that peace is sustainable.”

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