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Safeguarding Peace Education
February 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Join the American Friends of the Parents Circle – Families Forum, with special guest, Randi Weingarten, President of American Federation of Teachers, for a webinar on the status of the threats to our peace education program in Israeli schools and why this issue of critical importance — now, more than ever.
The Israeli government has recently announced its intention to restrict the Parents Circle’s public activities, starting with the removal of its Dialogue Meeting programs from Israeli schools and imposing restrictive conditions on the program’s application based on false allegations that the Dialogue Meetings denigrates IDF soldiers.
Join us to learn more about why this issue is so critical and the steps we’re taking in response.click here for more info and to register
About the speakers
Randi Weingarten is the president of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, a union with 1.7 million members across various professions. Weingarten was previously president of the United Federation of Teachers for 11 years, representing over 200,000 educators in the New York City public school system. She taught history at Clara Barton High School from 1991 to 1997 and helped her students win several national awards. Weingarten holds degrees from Cornell University and the Cardozo School of Law, and worked as a lawyer for a Wall Street firm. She is an active member of the Democratic National Committee and was named one of the most influential New Yorkers by the New York Observer in 2013.
Yuval Rahamim’s father, Abraham Rahamim, was killed in 1967 while serving in the Six Day War. Yuval was 8 years old at the time. He joined the Parents Circle in 2010 and served as President of the board from 2011-2014. Since December 2015, Yuval has chaired the Israeli Peace NGOs Forum, an association for empowerment and cooperation of more than 120 Israeli and bi-national Peace organizations. He has served as the Israeli co-Director of the Parents Circle – Families Forum since 2020.
Mohamed Abu Jafar lives in Jenin, in the Occupied West Bank, Palestine. He has been a member of the Parents Circle since 2016. On October 24, 2002, when Mohamed was 14, his 16-year old brother was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers, who then opened fire around the body, injuring 10 others and preventing others from aiding Mohamed’s brother. This tragedy led Mohamed to study nursing. Today he works as a Quality Manager at the Palestinian Ministry of Health. He has taken part in the Parents Circle’s Young Ambassadors for Peace Program, and as a facilitator and manager for the organization’s Youth Summer Camp.
Robi Damelin, spokesperson and director of International Relations for the Parents Circle – Families Forum joined the organization after her son was killed by a Palestinian Sniper. All her work on the ground both in Palestine and Israel and internationally is geared towards non-violence and reconciliation as a means to end the occupation. Robi was named as a 2015 Woman of Impact by Women in the World. She regularly contributes to media outlets in Israel and abroad. Robi was invited to brief the Security Council at the United Nations in May, 2022.