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
- Council of Lutheran Churches
- 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 the 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 occupied Palestine. Over 160 of these EAs were from Britain and Ireland. We usually recruit around 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.
Get involved with EAPPI and church partners' annual focus on peace and justice
World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel: 20-26 September 2015
Bridges not Walls: "God has broken down the dividing wall" Ephesians 2:14
More information about the week can be found on the World Council of Churches website.
For detailed information about UK activities and resources please visit the Pax Christi website.
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