Can I reconcile with the man who killed my son: Robi Damelin at TEDx-TelAvivWomen

Listen to one of my Peace heroes “Robi”. She is inspirational and one of a kind. She is applying one of the most difficult concepts in practice which is easy say than done. How would you feel reconciling to someone who has hurt you the deepest way possible? … who has taken the dearest person away from you … forever?
Merid Desta

Published on 29 Dec 2013
Robi, an Israeli mother, ponders the possibility of meeting her son David’s killer, and can’t help wonder how honest she is with herself in her quest for reconciliation. Can a person who stole the life of a women’s child ever truly be forgiven? Is the dialogue between perpetrators and victims the key to ending the bloody never ending Israeli/Palestinian conflict? And can a glimmer of hope come from a place of unbearable pain? Recognizing the humanity in the other must be a recipe for ending the cycle of violence.

Robi was born in South Africa and immigrated to Israel in 1967. Her son was killed by a Palestinian sniper. The first thing she said to the officers who came to give her the dreaded news of her son’s death was “you may not kill anybody in the name of my child”.

After the loss of her son, Robi joined the Parents Circle — families forum an organization made up of more than 600 Palestinian and Israeli families who have each lost an immediate family member to the conflict. She is the spokesperson for the organization and is in charge of International Relations.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Merid Desta
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 18:00:45

    Reblogged this on Ethio-Harmony Schools.


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