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York: Palestinian and Israeli fathers to speak on friendship born in bereavement

Two fathers, members of a joint Palestinian/Israeli organisation, The Parents Circle Families Forum are making a special visit to York ...

Two fathers, members of a joint Palestinian/Israeli organisation The Parents Circle Families Forum, are making a special visit to York to speak about their unlikely friendship, borne out of bereavement – and a determination that reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable peace in the region.

Riding Lights Theatre Company is pleased to have this unique opportunity to host Within the Eye of a Storm, presenting the two men in conversation, at York's Friargate Theatre on Saturday 31 May at 7pm.
Rami Elhanan is Israeli and Bassam Aramin Palestinian. Both grieve for daughters killed in the conflict. They will be telling their stories, how their friendship was formed and the continuous efforts made by The Parents Circle to prevent further bereavement through dialogue, tolerance, peace and reconciliation.

 “Nowhere is it written that we must continue dying and sacrificing our children forever and forever in this difficult horrible holy land. We can - and once and for all must – stop this crazy vicious circle of violence, murder and retaliation, revenge and punishment. This never-ending cycle, with no purpose, no winners and only losers,” says Bassam.

The evening is sponsored by Lightline Pilgrimages. There is no charge for admission but seats are bookable in advance by phone or at the theatre.

Box Office: 01904 613000
Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL

The Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Palestinian Israeli organization of more than 600 families, all of whom have 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 uses all resources available in education, public meetings and the media, to spread these ideas.

Three 'Living Stones' tours have been organised in conjunction with Lightline Pilgrimages since 2006, and there have been exchanges of young people for summer theatre schools. This year Riding Lights has raised £5000 to bring four students and a teacher from Al Harah Theatre Company in Bethlehem to take part in Riding Lights Summer Theatre School, a residential week held near York.

In 2007, Riding Lights produced a play, Salaam Bethlehem which focused on the Christian population of Bethlehem and the effect of the regional political situation on that community, particularly the building of the Separation Barrier. Since then the company has sought to help its audiences gain a greater understanding of the region through various presentations and by taking groups to visit the Holy Land for a unique tour combining pilgrimage and theatre performance.


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