Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ecumenical Accompaniers walk with the people of Palestine and Israel

"Accompaniers" have a unique opportunity to walk with the people living and struggling for peace in Palestine and Israel through the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Accompaniement Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).

The EAPPI-US website has been updated, including information on how to participate and a new blog post from accompanier Muriel Schmid: http://www.eappi-us.org/

EAPPI seeks to support local and international efforts to end the Israeli occupation and bring a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a just peace, based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions. Since the program was launched in 2002, volunteer accompaniers from more than 14 countries have taken part in EAPPI. Each accompanier serves a three-month term in an international team, placed in West Bank cities and villages or in Jerusalem.

Our current accompanier's blog, "Border Crossings," provides insight into the situation in Jerusalem where she is located with three other ecumenical accompaners or "EAs." Find the blog at this page: http://www.eappi-us.org/index.php?page=blogs

EAPPI accompanies Palestinians and Israelis in nonviolent actions and carries out advocacy efforts to end Israeli occupation of Palestine. Participants monitor and report violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. They offer protection through a nonviolent presence and stand in solidarity with the churches and all those struggling against the occupation.

As US Coordinator of EAPPI, I would be happy for provide information about how to become an accompanier, contact me at - info@eappi-us.org

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