People walk in procession on a street in Jerusalem. Two of them wear vests reading 'EAPPI'.

Ecumenical accompaniers participate in Palm Sunday procession.


The accompaniers, among a group of 27 from across the world, are providing a protective presence to Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank by joining the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. The program allows them as well to live and journey side by side with the Palestinian people in their daily struggles, challenges and hopes.

For the accompaniers who joined the Palm Sunday procession, it was the first time they joined the celebration that has been going on for centuries. 

The accompaniers and the rest of the crowd were waving their palms and chanting hymns as they went down the Mount of Olives and uphill again towards Lion's Gate. 

One of the accompaniers described her feelings by saying: "It was a joyful experience! People from all over the world joined with the Palestinian Christians. There was lots of song; people were happy, and they were chanting.  It was nice walk for two and a half hours.”