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Woman sitting down speaks to two women seen from behind wearing yellow vests.

Rev. Sally Azar meets ecumenical accompaniers in Jerusalem.

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The ecumenical accompaniers—deployed through the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel—congratulated Azar on her ordainment as the first-ever Palestinian woman clergy. 

The ecumenical accompaniers also described their experience as human rights monitors.  One accompanier talked about serving in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and witnessing the strenuous relations with Israeli settlers, but also the sign of hope when other Israelis are demonstrating jointly with Palestinians and calling for justice and peace. The Ecumenical Accompaniers spoke also about the welcoming words they receive from Palestinians at the checkpoints around Jerusalem, and how much the accompaniers feel appreciated by the local community.

Azar said she is interested in getting Palestinian Christian youth groups to meet with ecumenical accompaniers who will talk about their support of human rights. She went on to say, We must tell the world that the conflict here is not only about land, but also about protecting the dignity of people.”

First Palestinian Christian woman ordained in Holy Land (WCC press release of 23 January 2023)

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel