The situation of the Middle East demands collective efforts by ecumenical partners to achieve peace and justice at local, national, regional and international levels. Major problems in the region include armed occupation of territory, denial of human rights and national aspirations, failures to implement the rule of law, various forms of extremism and intolerance, nuclear proliferation, as well as control of energy resources.
The WCC is accompanying its member churches in the region, especially in Egypt, Syria and Iraq, where the recent dramatic, violent developments have endangered the Christian presence and witness. WCC keeps its focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, supporting UN resolutions and other efforts for a peaceful and just settlement of the conflict.
Inaugurated in August 2002, WCC’s Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel accompanies Palestinians and Israelis in their non-violent actions and concerted advocacy efforts to end the 50-years-long Israeli occupation of Palestine.