Robi Damelin
Public Relations
"Instead of channeling it into revenge, the people in our group have chosen another direction for their pain. The pain breaks down barriers very quickly between Palestinians and Israelis in the group. There's a sense of trust. It's not hummus and hugs— it's much deeper than that; it's acknowledgement and empathy, which happen much faster than in a normal meeting between a Palestinian and an Israeli because we recognize each other immediately through the pain."


Lives in: Tel Aviv Was born in: Johannesburg, South Africa Year of birth: 1943 Identity: Israeli, Jewish Type of work: Coexistence/Dialogue/Reconciliation Website: Parents Circle-Bereaved Families Forum Works at Parents Circle - Bereaved Families Forum Interviewer Leora Gal Date of Interview 2005

Robi Damelin's son David was killed by a Palestinian sniper while he was guarding a checkpoint near a settlement during his army reserve service. Robi is an active member of a group of 500 Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost close family members and who work together for reconciliation and a just resolution to the conflict. She speaks with a Palestinian partner in communities and schools throughout Israel and the Palestinian Territories, as well as internationally. Robi Damelin is featured in Just Vision's documentary film, Encounter Point; a scene about her work is available here. Visit Just Vision's Newsroom to see Robi on Fox News!

Online articles

I forgave him
By Kobi Ben-Simhon, Ha'aretz

Former Palestinian prisoners, future peacemakers

By Robi Damelin