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The Israeli-Palestinian Divide: Bridging the Gap Through Dialogue | Celebrating International Women’s Day

Sun, Mar 6, 2022 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Rodeph Sholom will celebrate International Women’s Day with the Parents Circle Families Forum, a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization made up of more than 600 families who have lost a close loved one to the conflict. Armed with their loss and the uncommon path they have chosen, these mourning families have begun to stir an awareness about the conflict that transcends history and politics. Experience the power of parallel narratives as a tool for understanding the “other” as Ikhlas Ishtaya and Tova Buksbaum share their stories of loss, and their subsequent decision to turn away from revenge and hate, toward a path of reconciliation and hope.

Please note that due to a scheduling conflict our original speakers Miri Ben-Rafael and Marianne Sa’adeh will not be able to join us.

About our speakers:

Ikhlas Ishtaya lives in the village of Salem, in the West Bank. She and her sister were both born blind. In 2004, her father Sayel Ishtaya, on his way home from work, was shot and killed by an Israeli settler. After some time, she chose to join the Parents Circle, and is an active member of the Women’s Group.


Tova Buksbaum lives in the North of Israel. She is a mother of 3 and a grandmother to 5. She is a clinical psychologist and an activist. In 1970, she lost her brother, Haim Geiger, who was a soldier in the Israeli army. She also lost her cousin, Kurt Yossef Gutfreund, who was one of the 11 Israelis sportsmen killed in the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre.  Tova joined the Parents Circle Families Forum 15 years ago.