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The On Being Project

No More Taking Sides

Robi Damelin + Ali Abu Awwad

No More Taking Sides

Robi Damelin lost her son David to a Palestinian sniper. Ali Abu Awwad lost his older brother Yousef to an Israeli soldier. But, instead of clinging to traditional ideologies and turning their pain into more violence, they've decided to understand the other side — Israeli and Palestinian — by sharing their pain and their humanity. They tell of a gathering network of survivors who share their grief, their stories of loved ones, and their ideas for lasting peace. They don't want to be right; they want to be honest.

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  • Robi Damelin

    Robi Damelin

    Damelin is an Israeli who lives in Tel Aviv. She speaks with community groups about her experiences as part of the Parents Circle - Families Forum.

  • Ali Abu Awwad

    Ali Abu Awwad

    is a Palestinian who lives in the West Bank. He is a spokesman and project manager for the Parents Circle - Families Forum.