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Manager of New Imperial Hotel in Jerusalem: “We don’t need any more sympathy—we need action”

As a six-year-old boy, Abu El Walid Dajani began helping his father manage the New Imperial Hotel near Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem. The historic property is owned by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, and leased before 1967 to the Dajani family to run as a hotel.  Now 77, Dajani has become the manager. But the threat of eviction is derailing a way of life his family has known for generations.

Regarding false media reporting on Israel and Dr Pillay

Since the election in mid-June of Rev. Dr Prof. Jerry Pillay as new World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, concerns have been raised, predominantly in Jewish media, about his position on Israel and the Jewish communities and their faith.

ה-WCC חוזרת על "הקריאה המתמשכת לסיום הכיבוש וזכויות אדם שוות לכל" בארץ הקודש

 בהצהרה ציבורית אשר התרכזה בארץ הקודש, הועדה המרכזית של ה-WCC הביעה "סולידריות עמוקה עם הכנסיות החברות ועם הנוצרים באזור בחייהם ובעבודתם, כאשר הם מחזיקים את האמונה הנוצרית ואת עדות ארץ הקודש חיות ומהדהדות, וכן עם כל האנשים באזור."

WCC responds to false reporting in Germany on Israel and Palestine

In a response to false reporting in Germany on Israel and Palestine, World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca reiterated the WCCs history of denouncing antisemitism and, at the same time, responding to the experiences and suffering of Palestinians.

WCC fellowship prays for living together in peace

On the International Day of Living Together in Peace declared by the United Nations, members of the World Council of Churches (WCC) fellowship from countries troubled by war and conflict gathered to pray for sustainable peace in the world.

WCC expresses concern for Christian presence and witness in Syria

On 5 April, World Council of Churches (WCC) leadership and staff met with representatives of WCC member churches from Syria, who came to the Bossey Ecumenical Institute for consultations on the WCCs longstanding programmatic work relating to Syria. WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, was the convener of the meeting.

South Hebron Hills families share stories of life under occupation

Jack Munayer, coordinator for the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (WCC-EAPPI), recently visited the South Hebron Hills area with diplomatic delegates from eight different countries, as well as Israeli activists. The visit was organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The group visited families and listened to their stories with the goal of discerning the nature of hardship and trauma that the occupation continues to cause.

יוזמת מזרח ירושלים: סיוע למשפחות העומדות בפני פינוי ועקירה

תוכנית הליווי האקומנית בפלסטין ובישראל
 (Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI))של מועצת הכנסיות העולמית )(World Council of Churches (WCC) משיק יוזמת מזרח-ירושלים, באמצעותה ה-WCC-EAPPI מלווה – גם ללא נוכחות פיזית – משפחות העומדות בפני פינוי ועקירה, כמו גם אנשים העומדים בפני הפרות אחרות של זכויותיהם. להלן, מנהל ה-WCC בוועדת הכנסיות לעניינים בינלאומיים, פיטר פרוב, מסביר את היעדים וההיסטוריה שעומדים מאחורי יוזמת מזרח ירושלים.

East Jerusalem Initiative: accompanying families facing eviction and displacement

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is beginning an East Jerusalem Initiative, through which the WCC-EAPPI is accompanying—even without a physical presence—families facing eviction and displacement, as well as people facing other violations of their rights. Below, WCC director of the Commission for the Churches on International Affairs Peter Prove explains the goals and history behind the East Jerusalem Initiative.