Category Archives: Forgiveness

WCS-018: Robi Damelin is turning tragedy into reconciliation for bereaved families in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

RobiDamelinRobi Damelin’s son was killed by a Palestinian sniper. Her response? “You may not take revenge in the name of my son.” Download this interview to hear the intimate story of her journey through grief and forgiveness, and as a teacher of reconciliation with the Parents Circle – Families Forum.

About Robi Damelin:

Robi Damelin grew up in South Africa and resisted apartheid before moving to Israel and raising a family. Her son David, a peace activist and a member of the IDF reserves, was killed by a Palestinian sniper. Since then, she has dedicated her time and talent to ending the violence and to creating a collaborative, formal truth and reconciliation process that will be ready for rollout when a political peace agreement is reached. Her efforts have been the subject of several documentaries, including One Day After Peace, which chronicles her quest to meet with her son’s killer and her travels to South Africa to learn from the truth and reconciliation process adopted there. Robi currently serves as a spokesperson for The Parents Circle – Family Forum, an organization for bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families working towards reconciliation.

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WCS-015: Pardeep Kaleka overcomes racism and violence through community service

pardeepJoin us to hear how Pardeep responded to tragedy with service and empathy to end the cycle of violence and racism. He offers practical advice on community building and fundraising.

About Pardeep Kaleka:

Pardeep Kaleka is the eldest son of Satwant Singh Kaleka – the president of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, who was gunned down on August 5th, 2012 by a white supremacist in the worst race-based attack since the civil rights era. As a former police officer and a current teacher in the inner city of Milwaukee, Pardeep is no stranger to the never-ending battle against racism, bigotry, violence, hatred, and ignorance. His firm belief is that the lamp of knowledge and truth will outshine all the darkness in the world, and he does his best to embody this through his work with the organization he founded: Serve 2 Unite.

Pardeep was nominated by Arno Michaelis during World Changer Session #4.

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