News in Brief: Grieving Israeli, Palestinian Family Members To Speak to Students

February 23, 2024
Palestine and Israel flag divided by a continent

On Tuesday, a Palestinian and an Israeli who each have lost family members in the ongoing war in the Middle East will speak to University of Virginia students in Newcomb Hall at 2 p.m.

The speakers, who will join remotely from Israel and Gaza, are part of a larger group called Parents Circle, made up of 700 families mourning the loss of loved ones in the Oct. 7 attack on Israel and the ensuing war against Hamas in Gaza. The two Parents Circle representatives speaking Tuesday will share how opening a dialogue has helped them move forward.

The event, “Why We Choose Dialogue: An Israeli and Palestinian Share Their Stories of Loss and a Wish for Peace,” will also include a question-and-answer session. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and will be moderated by Tanya Denckla Cobb, director of the School of Architecture’s Institute for Engagement & Negotiation.

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