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Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)

The World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) was created in 2002 by the WCC based on a letter and an appeal from local church leaders to create an international presence in the country. EAPPI provides a continuous presence of 25-30 Ecumenical Accompaniers, who serve in the field for three months in accompanying local people and communities, offering protective presence, and witnessing their daily struggles and hopes. EAPPI is guided by “principled impartiality”: it takes no side in the conflict nor discriminates against anyone, but it is not neutral in terms of human rights and respect for international humanitarian law.

The World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) was created in 2002 by the WCC based on a letter and an appeal from local church leaders to create an international presence in the country.

EAPPI provides a continuous presence of 25-30 Ecumenical Accompaniers, who serve in the field for three months in accompanying local people and communities, offering protective presence, and witnessing their daily struggles and hopes. EAPPI is guided by “principled impartiality”: it takes no side in the conflict nor discriminates against anyone, but it is not neutral in terms of human rights and respect for international humanitarian law.

The volunteer accompaniers come from 21 countries worldwide, and are supported by a staff team in Jerusalem. A Local Reference Group representing communities and churches who have asked for and are benefitting from the program helps to guide the programme along with the WCC team in Geneva and the national coordinators in the sending countries.

Almost 1800 hundred Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) have served through the programme, many of whom keep involved and interested in working towards a just peace in Palestine and Israel.

Read more about the history of WCC engagement for peace in the region

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World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

16 - 23 September 2018 Worldwide

During this week which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September, church organizations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.

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In Holy Land, journey’s end also begins a new one

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Ecumenical accompaniers share observations with EU

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As an “ecumenical accompanier,” Prokop’s role description might include: “walks children to school,” and “shares what he sees.” In many communities, these tasks are daily - even mundane - parts of life. But for Prokop, who has served with the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (WCC-EAPPI), walking children to school was anything but humdrum.

القدس: " فلتكن كل أرواحنا نورا مضيئا من أجل العدل والسلام والمحبة والأمل"

القدس: " فلتكن كل أرواحنا نورا مضيئا من أجل العدل والسلام والمحبة والأمل"

هناك جوّ دافئ داخل الكنيسة: لقاءات سعيدة ولقاءات متجددة بين الأصدقاء والزملاء، وقد حان الوقت لبعضهم للوداع. إنه الوقت المناسب للإحساس بالترحاب من طرف الآخرين، وقد اجتمع حوالي 150 شخصا في كنيسة القديسة حنة (آن) في شرق القدس للصلاة من أجل السلام العادل ولإنهاء 50 سنة من الاحتلال ومن أجل التضامن تمهيدا للعيش معا في فلسطين وإسرائيل. وقد حان الوقت بأن يُسلّم المرافقون المسكونيون في مجموعة 67 المشعل لمرافقي مجموعة 68.