Channeling Pain Toward Peace

After her son was killed while on reserve duty in the IDF, Robi Damelin joined a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization of bereaved families. Today she is their spokeswoman.

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Robi DamelinCredit: Reli Avrahami

South African-born Robi Damelin arrived in Israel in 1967, during the Six Day War, to volunteer on a kibbutz. She ended up staying in the country and marrying an Israeli, with whom she had two children. In 2002, Damelin's life changed forever when her 27-year-old son David was shot and killed by a sniper during his reserve service at a checkpoint near Ramallah. While dealing with her personal agony, she felt that something had to be done in order to prevent families, both Israeli and Palestinian, from going through the pain of losing a loved one. She joined a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization of bereaved families, called The Parents Circle - Families Forum, and today she serves as their spokesperson. Tune in for the inspiring story of a woman who channeled her pain to an effort of achieving reconciliation in the Middle East, so that one day, maybe, there could be peace.

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