Interview with Khaled Abu Awwad and Roni Hirshenson
30-06-2009 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 874
Khaled Abu Awwad is the General Manager of the Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families Forum. Roni Hirshenson is the Forum’s president and one of its founders.
Established in 1995 with an Israeli office in Tel Aviv and a Palestinian office in A-Ram (north of Jerusalem), the Bereaved Families Forum is a grassroots organization of Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost family members to the violence in the region. These families have united in a joint mission to prevent further bereavement by working for peace and reconciliation. The Forum has received several international awards in recognition of its work, including the Eisenhower Medallion, the Three Cultures Award, the Solidar Silver Rose Award and the Common Ground Award.
The interview was conducted in June 2009 by Ofer Shinar, who is a lecturer in the Department of Administration and Public Policy and the Department of Social Work at Sapir College, Israel, and a PhD candidate at the School of Public Policy, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He was formerly the research and development manager at the Bereaved Families Forum.