The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace. When they return home, EAs campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through an end to the occupation, respect for international law and implementation of UN resolutions.
The EAPPI celebrated their Group 45 to Group 46 hand-over ceremony in 2012 at the Church of the Redeemer, Old City, Jerusalem.
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Heads of churches in Jerusalem have welcomed the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum launched in Jordan last week. They voiced satisfaction with the new advocacy initiative at meetings with World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia during his 21-26 June visit to the Holy Land.
In addition to heads of local churches, the WCC delegation visited the staff and some ecumenical accompaniers from the WCC Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme for Palestine and Israel, formed in 2002 as the result of a plea for help from Christians world wide. The accompaniers work side by side with Palestinians and Israelis working for a just peace. The delegation visited Hebron, where accompaniers walk children to school to protect them from violence by settlers, and a refugee camp in Bethlehem, where accompaniers work with children teaching English and other skills. They also visited holy sites, government and religious leaders and Yad Vashem.
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More than a hundred Palestinian and Israeli women gathered to protest the ongoing occupation and human rights violations in the Palestinian territories. Palestinian women who have lost their sons or not seen them in prison for years combined with Israeli women peace-makers to focus attention on these injustices and the high rate of violence against women from all arenas. Four women from the new Jerusalem team of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme for Palestine and Israel joined the group as one of their first experiences with the program, and are looking forward to continue the journey learning about the situation here.
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