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[WCC News] Palestine / Israel: 20 new accompaniers
"WCC Media" <Media@wcc-coe.org>
Thu, 22 Apr 2004 15:14:36 +0200
World Council of Churches 7 Press Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 22/04/2004 - pu-04-24
EAPPI welcomes 20 new accompaniers
Contact in Jerusalem: +972 (0) 67 379 766, firstname.lastname@example.org
With the arrival in April of 20 new ecumenical accompaniers,
Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel
continue to seek peaceful and nonviolent solutions to the
Israel and Palestine. The new arrivals will join six
staying on from previous groups, bringing the total number
the ground to 26.
In the wake of Israel's decision, supported by the United
States, to take
"unilateral measures" rather than enter into dialogue with
representatives, EAPPI continues to work with Palestinians and
who are seeking an end to the occupation through nonviolent
means and a
just solution to the long conflict.
The new team of accompaniers comes from six countries
including, for the
first time, one from France. Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden
Switzerland continue to be represented. The 14 women and six
come for a minimum service of three months, range in age from
26 to 73
Ecumenical accompaniers work with local churches, Palestinian
NGOs, as well as Palestinian communities in various capacities
to try to
reduce the brutality of the occupation and improve the daily
Four accompaniers will continue the work in Sawahreh, and
will be in Jayyous. Both villages are dealing with the
Israel's "separation barrier."
Four will be working with the Christian community and refugee
Ramallah. Three have been assigned to the "Israel Team,"
cooperates with Israeli peace and justice organizations.
Three accompaniers will be working in Hebron, accompanying
to school and monitoring the human rights situation. Three
will be living
in the West Bank village of Yanoun.
One accompanier with a medical background will be working with
of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC).
Since the programme was launched in August 2002, 115
accompaniers have participated from more than 30 churches and
partners in 10 countries: Canada, Denmark, France, Germany,
Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United
For more information on EAPPI and photos: www.eappi.org
For more information on the WCC: www.wcc-coe.org
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel
was launched in August 2002. Ecumenical accompaniers monitor
violations of human rights and international humanitarian law,
acts of non-violent resistance alongside local Christian and
Palestinians and Israeli peace activists, offer protection
non-violent presence, engage in public policy advocacy, and
solidarity with the churches and all those struggling against
occupation. The programme is co-ordinated by the World Council
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