The Common Good
September-October 2002

Death Shall Have No Dominion

by Rose Marie Berger, Jodi Hochstedler | September-October 2002

Nurit Elhanan and her husband, Rami, both 52, are campaigning for an end to the Israeli
occupation of the Palestinian territories. What's remarkable about their peace
campaign?

Nurit Elhanan and her husband, Rami, both 52, are campaigning for an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. What's remarkable about their peace campaign? The Elhanans are affluent Israelis whose daughter Smadar, 14, was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber.

"The pain of losing our beautiful daughter is unbearable, but our house is not a house of hate," says Rami, whose father survived Auschwitz and who lost many family members in the Holocaust. In their grief the Elhanans began looking for people like them—from the other side. They met Izzat Ghazzawi, a Palestinian whose son Ramy, 16, was killed by Israeli troops. Together they founded the Bereaved Family Forum, which now has more than 150 Israeli parents and 120 Palestinian parents who have lost their children as a direct result of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and who are committed to working together for peace.

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