Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) continues its vital work
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is a World Council of Churches (WCC) initiative which was established in 2002 in response to a call made by the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, and Palestinian and Israeli NGOs. The mission of the EAPPI is to accompany Palestinians and Israelis in their nonviolent actions and concerted advocacy efforts to end the occupation.
The role of participants in the programme includes:
- Monitoring and reporting violations of human rights and international humanitarian law
- Supporting acts of nonviolent resistance alongside local Palestinian and Israeli activists
- Offering protection through nonviolent presence
- Engaging in public policy advocacy
- Standing in solidarity with the churches and all those struggling against the occupation.
In 2002, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) asked Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW), part of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, to co-ordinate the British and Irish section of the WCC programme called EAPPI.
Churches and church-related organisations that are willing to be listed as EAPPI UK and Ireland partners are:
- Baptist Union of Great Britain
- Christian Aid
- Church of Scotland
- Church Mission Society
- Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
- Iona Community
- Methodist Church
- Pax Christi UK
- Presbyterian Church of Wales
- Quaker Peace & Social Witness
- Scottish Episcopal Church
- United Reformed Church
In addition we are supported by a number of Anglican church bishops in UK and Ireland who endorse the programme.
Since August 2002, about 1,000 Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) from over 20 countries have served in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Over 160 of these EAs were from Britain and Ireland. 21 from Britain and Ireland are serving in 2013. We usually recruit 20 EAs a year.
The EAPPI is co-ordinated internationally by the World Council of Churches. Visit the WCC's EAPPI website [offsite link] for more information about the programme as a whole.
Keep an eye on our website for recruitment dates and deadlines. We recruit annually in the spring.
EAs take part in annual global focus for peace
World Week for Peace in Palestine-Israel took place last year with the theme of Jerusalem. A vigil took place at Friends House hosted by EAPPI and other partners which RC Bishop William Kenney and URC Rev Paul Dean led. Several EAs were also involved.
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