Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)
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. For more information visit the WCC's EAPPI website.
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 programme.
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
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.
Make a one-off donation
To make a one-off gift and make a real difference today, please use the button below.
Make a regular donation
With a regular gift you can make a long-term impact through EAPPI. Click on the button below to set up a direct debit quickly and securely.
Either button will take you to our secure payment pages, which are managed by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) on our behalf. A padlock icon should appear in the corner of your browser to confirm that you are in the secure payment area.