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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.

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Morning life and resilience under occupation – EAs witness checkpoints in Jerusalem and the West Bank

Morning life and resilience under occupation – EAs witness checkpoints in Jerusalem and the West Bank

At 4.45, the Qalandiya checkpoint is already crowded, as thousands upon thousands of Palestinians try to make their way to Jerusalem each day. Qalandiya is the main checkpoint between the northern West Bank and Jerusalem, and ecumenical accompaniers WCC-EAPPI visit regularly in the early mornings.

Early morning business: EAs accompany Bedouin shepherds in Jordan Valley

Early morning business: EAs accompany Bedouin shepherds in Jordan Valley

”10 minutes is the rule, so you make a lot of noise in your room at 5.50 if the other EA isn’t up.” Shepherding is early morning business, and international accompaniers from the WCC-EAPPI play a particular role, as they offer protective presence to Palestinian communities on the West Bank.

EAs offer protective presence, night as well as day, as Khan al Ahmar faces demolition threat

EAs offer protective presence, night as well as day, as Khan al Ahmar faces demolition threat

Due date for demolition of Khan al Ahmar was 1 October. Though the Bedouin community still stands, the feeling is the bulldozers could show up anytime.

WCC invites all to join World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

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The World Council of Churches is inviting its global fellowship and all people of good will to participate in the World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel on 16-23 September.

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At the 75th International Film Festival in Venice, Italy, the film “Tel Aviv on Fire” won an Interfilm award for promoting interreligious dialogue. The film, directed by Sameh Zoabi, is a comedy in which a Palestinian writer draws upon the skills and experiences of an Israeli checkpoint commander to enhance a TV series, “Tel Aviv on Fire.”

WCC regrets USA withdrawal from UN relief for Palestinian refugees

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Youth and children in focus, as WCC prepares to pray for peace in Israel and Palestine

Youth and children in focus, as WCC prepares to pray for peace in Israel and Palestine

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Gaza and Jerusalem draw admonitions and concern from WCC

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

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

“Ecumenical accompaniers” (EAs) from more than 20 countries handed off the ‘road map’ of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) to a new group on 23 April.