The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is an international programme coordinated by the World Council of Churches. It brings people from around the world to the West Bank to serve for 3 months as human rights monitors. We call them Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs).

EAPPI was founded in response to a call from the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem. Since 2002 over 1,500 international volunteers have served as EAs. In the UK and Ireland it is coordinated by British Quakers on behalf of a group of churches and NGOs which we call Partners.

You can read EAs' accounts of what they witness on our EyewitnessBlog.

More about EAPPI

    Our vision

    Our vision is a future in which the occupation of Palestine has ended and both Palestinians and Israelis enjoy a just peace with freedom and security based on international law.

    Our mission

    Our mission is to witness life under occupation, engage with local Palestinians and Israelis pursuing a just peace, and work to change the international community's involvement with the conflict, urging them to act against injustice in the region.


    "With the continuing impunity for the perpetrators of violence against children and attacks on schools, EAPPI is considered one of the cornerstone responses in supporting highly vulnerable communities".
    - UN official


    What we do

    EAPPI recruits ordinary people from the UK and Ireland to spend 3 months as EAs, living alongside communities working nonviolently against the occupation. EAs range in age from 25 to 70 years old and are of many different backgrounds, but what they all share is a deep dedication to human rights.

    First and foremost, our Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) witness life under occupation. They are on the ground 24/7 and are often the first to respond to human rights violations. EAs live with local communities and participate in daily activities. EAs monitor and report human rights violations, bringing eyewitness accounts to the world's attention.

    Become an EA and witness life under occupation.

    While in occupied Palestine and Israel, EAs engage in protective presence. Our very presence protects vulnerable communities. It deters the Israeli military and armed settler groups from violating human rights of civilians and makes local communities feel safer.Our EAs support acts of nonviolent resistance alongside local Palestinian and Israeli peace activists and stand in solidarity with local churches.

    Read our EA eyewitness accounts and see how they engage on the ground.

    We are passionate about change! Our EAs bring change on the ground through our witness and engagement and also advocate for change through a broad international network of churches and civil society. When they return home, EAs use their first-hand experiences to open the eyes of the world to the realities of occupation and campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict based on international law. When awareness of the issues are raised internationally this increases pressure on the perpetrators of human rights abuses and helps protect civilians from these abuses.

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    What is accompaniment?

    EAPPI uses the internationally recognised model called 'accompaniment', which is used in many conflict zones. Its legal framework is International Humanitarian Law and it must combine a strategic local presence with international pressure in order to be effective. It is also seen by EAPPI as a biblical model for acting justly in the way of Christ


    “When people come... and drink tea with me, and listen, it gives me power to stay."

    - - Sabri, local contact


    The presence of internationals acting as human rights' monitors gives space for local people to act nonviolently for peace.

    Accompaniment's key actions are

    • protective presence
    • monitoring of human rights abuses
    • standing with local peace groups
    • advocacy

    EAPPI models accompaniment under the principles of nonviolence and principled impartiality:

    Principled Impartiality

    We are not pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian and we do not take sides in the conflict. We are pro-human rights and international humanitarian law. We do not discriminate against anyone and stand faithfully with the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalised.


    Nonviolence is a way of living that rejects the use of violence and seeks to bring change through the engagement of individuals and groups peaceful strategies. We believe nonviolence is the only way to a true and lasting solution to conflict. Our actions are nonviolent and we support all people working nonviolently for peace in Israel and Palestine.

    Watch a film about EAPPI

    Eyewitness is a short film about EAPPI and the role it takes as an international presence in occupied Palestine. Its shows accompaniment in action.

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    Contact us

    For more information contact the EAPPI UK and Ireland team:

    +44 (0)20 7663 1144