Quilliam’s Senior Researcher in Islamic Studies, Usama Hasan, attended a high-profile meeting on 19th June 2012 as Patron of the UK Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum, a group of 600 Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost loved ones in the conflict but work together for peace.  The meeting was hosted by another Patron, Huw Franca-Davies MP, at the State Rooms of the Speaker’s House, House of Commons, and attended by other Patrons, including Karen Armstrong, author of a biography of the Prophet Muhammad and founder of the Charter For Compassion.  The audience was addressed by Siham Abu Awwad and Robi Damelin, both of whom entreated people around the world to help with peace efforts in the Middle East.  Siham spoke about losing her brother and mother because of the conflict and said, “I do not wish to lose my son, too.”  Robi addressed Muslims and Jews around the world, saying, “Please do not think that you are helping us by importing our conflict into your communities.  If you are unable to be part of the solution, please do not become part of the problem.”

 

You can read more about the work of the Bereaved Families Forum here: http://www.familiesforum.co.uk/ , including one of their latest projects, “Blood Relations” http://bloodrelations.org/ .