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Join the World Affairs Council and the Parents Circle- Families Forum for a showing of the "Presence of the Void" photo exhibit, and a conversation with bereaved Israeli mother, Robi Damelin and bereaved Palestinian father, Bassam Aramin.

The Presence of the Void Photo Exhibit

How do you photograph a void? Does it have a shape, a form, a color or perhaps it is a collection of feelings and memories?
Ten bereaved Palestinian and Israeli women who have all lost an immediate family member to the intractable conflict try to illustrate their loss, their longings, and the void left by their loved one through photographs. The lost loved one can be found in a room full of memories, or a watch that stopped, or a window where she stood when she heard the worst, or maybe a child who bears his name. For most of the women, this is their first introduction to the camera and the language of photography. The project was facilitated and curated by Vardi Kahana, Ata Awwisat, amd Micky Kretzman.




A Conversation with Bassam Aramin and Robi Damelin

Come hear the powerful stories of two individuals who have lost their children as a result of the prolonged conflict and have chosen a path of reconciliation rather than revenge. Mr. Bassam Aramin and Ms. Robi Damelin will share their personal stories, their struggles, and the role of reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Bassam Aramin was sent to Israeli prison as a 17-year-old for his role in the Palestinian resistance. He spent Bassam2seven years there, and eventually started questioning the value of armed resistance. Several years after his release, he co-founded "Combatants for Peace." He has refused to pick up arms since his release, even when, in 2007, his 10 year old daughter, Abir, was killed by an Israeli soldier's rubber bullet on her way home from school. He has been honored internationally for his work promoting peace and his writings, and also has been the subject of a documentary film - Within the Eye of the Storm. He is just completing his PhD in Holocaust Studies.

Robi Damelin grew up in South Africa and resisted apartheid before moving to Israel and raising a family. Her son David, a peace activist and a member of the IDF reserves, was killed by a Robi_Damelin1Palestinian sniper. Since then, she has dedicated her time and talent to ending the violence and to creating a collaborative, formal truth and reconciliation process that will be ready for rollout when a political peace agreement is reached. Her efforts have been the subject of several documentaries, including One Day After Peace, which chronicles her quest to meet with her son's killer and her travels to South Africa to learn from the truth and reconciliation process adopted there.

For more information, email our Community Events Coordinator, Majd Baniodeh or call our office 206-441-5910.

We hope to see you there!

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