Robi Damelin’s son David was killed by a Palestinian sniper while he was guarding a checkpoint near a settlement during his army reserve service. Robi is the Israeli spokesperson and an active member of the Parents Circle, a group of 600 Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost close family members and who work together for reconciliation and a just resolution to the conflict. She speaks with a Palestinian partner in communities and schools throughout Israel the Palestinian Territories, as well as internationally. She is the protagonist featured in the documentary, One Day after Peace.
By Robi Damelin
Why I spend Yom HaZikaron grieving with my Palestinian peers
Once again, Yom HaZikaron — our day of remembrance for soldiers who lost their lives in a conflict that should have ended long ago — is upon us. And some bereaved Israelis like myself, having lost their precious loved ones to ongoing conflict, will choose to spend one of the most sacred days of the…
Many Palestinians Want Peace — So Why Do We Close Our Doors To Them?
“There is no one to talk to.” This has been the Israeli mantra for the past 15 years — we want peace, but there is simply no one on the other side to talk to. Once again, Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) is with us; once again the music is sad and the crocodile tears will…
The Strangest Battle of Megiddo
Many battles have been fought over Megiddo, but this has to be the strangest of all. Megiddo, a three-part TV documentary which follows the tense reality of the lives of Palestinian inmates in the Megiddo security prison, has outraged Culture Minister Miri Regev, who has demanded information on the approval process for its funding, the…
The Frayed Moral Fiber of Israel
Living in Israel is like living on the edge of a precipice. Every morning we turn on the radio to a new and earth shattering piece of news. It seems that we cannot survive without the constant adrenaline of drama. Each day brings with it yet another story of corruption, violence, and unconfirmed gossip. Sgt….
Henry Kissinger: ‘If it were not for the accident of my birth, I would be antisemitic.’
Israeli women were raped and widowed by Hamas. Now the world ignores and mocks their suffering
Hamas is not as popular in Gaza as it seems. But Israel’s tactics will ensure their survival
The uncomfortable truth behind the hostage deal: War is hell, but it worked
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