I talk about reconciliation quite a lot. I’m convinced that it’s one of the concepts at the heart of the Christian faith. But today I found out about some folks that are actually getting on with the hard work of reconciliation.
The Parent’s Circle is a joint Palestinian Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict.
I am inspired to see Palestinians and Israelis who have every reason to resent, distrust and hate each other, sitting down together and working towards peace.
Take some time to read their stories, such as this one from an Israeli who lost family members in a rocket attack and later had the chance to meet Yassar Arafat, the Palestinian leader who signed the order authorizing the attack.
We need more people like this. People who can come out of a tragedy and go beyond assigning blame and calling for revenge. People who can concretely work towards peace and reconciliation.