Memorial to the Future Victims of the Conflict
The Parents Circle-Families Forum is the leading Israeli/Palestinian joint NGO working with bereaved families for the conflict. They work to advance peace, and help prevent future violence.
In March 2015, the PCFF organized a number of demonstrations to encourage groups to vote for Peace. In particular they built a public monument in memory of the future victims of the conflict, to help people reflect on the human cost of the conflict and vote and work for more peaceful outcomes.
1) To raise awareness of the human cost of the ongoing conflict
2) To provide an opportunity for people to interact with bereaved family members
3) To encourage people to choose candidates in the Israeli election who would work for peace.
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
A number of public demonstrations in public spaces.
A public monument (graves) in memorial for the future victims of the conflict.
Connecting art and social change.
Connecting bereaved family members working for peace with the larger public.
Helping people think about the ongoing human cost of the conflict.
Working across the conflict divide.
Interacted with thousands upon thousands of people.
Providing a public space in a closing political environment.
Influence political outcomes in a challenging political environment.
Being publicly attacked and criticized for selling out or working with the enemy.
PCFF has been doing this work for nearly 20 years.
Lessons are the need for sustained work.
To be open to public criticism.
That it is challenging but essential to work across the conflict divide.