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10 July: Foreign and Commonwealth Office endorses EAPPI

Israel and Palestine

Question

Asked by The Lord Bishop of Exeter
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel and the work it undertakes to accompany Palestinians and Israelis in non-violent action. [HL1176]

(Answer)

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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): The British Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) are in regular contact with the British Consulate-General in Jerusalem. The EAPPI provides a useful independent monitoring service in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It issues reports on the situation on the ground in the West Bank, for example, on impending demolitions. It also provides statistics on movement and access through checkpoints around Jerusalem, which help the international community to monitor the impact of restrictions on the lives of ordinary Palestinians.