Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin belong to a club nobody wants to belong to.
Elhanan and Aramin joined the Parents Circle — a community for families who have lost close relatives to violence in the Gaza Strip — over a decade ago after they lost their young daughters to fighting in the region.
, Elhanan, who is Israeli, and Aramin, who is Palestinian, are thinking about the parents who now join them in their grief. To anyone who has lost a family member in recent weeks, Elhanan says he shares one message, which is the slogan of the Circle: “It’ll not stop unless we talk.”
To people in Gaza, where thousands of children have been killed in ongoing battles, Aramin said parents face a daunting question of how they will channel their grief.
Parents like Aramin and Elhanan have the “moral authority” to advocate that others use their pain for peace and tell others there is another way than violence, Elhanan said.
“I am on a journey towards my brother Bassam and the Palestinian people and their narrative and their history and their music and their culture,” he said. “You have to make a choice and decide, I will not use my victimhood in order to victimize others.”
Rami and Bassam joined USA TODAY World Affairs Correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard for a special episode of the. Listen on , , or your smart speaker. For more stories from across the nation about the war, keep scrolling.
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