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[WCC News] Palestine / Israel: 20 new accompaniers

From "WCC Media" <>
Date 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, 

  With the arrival in April of 20 new ecumenical accompaniers,
  Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel
(EAPPI) will
  continue to seek peaceful and nonviolent solutions to the
conflict in
  Israel and Palestine.  The new arrivals will join six
  staying on from previous groups, bringing the total number
currently on
  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
men, who
  come for a minimum service of three months, range in age from
26 to 73

  Ecumenical accompaniers work with local churches, Palestinian
and Israeli
  NGOs, as well as Palestinian communities in various capacities
to try to
  reduce the brutality of the occupation and improve the daily
lives of
  both peoples.

  Four accompaniers will continue the work in Sawahreh, and
three others
  will be in Jayyous.  Both villages are dealing with the
effects of
  Israel's "separation barrier."

  Four will be working with the Christian community and refugee
camps in
  Ramallah.  Three have been assigned to the "Israel Team,"
  cooperates with Israeli peace and justice organizations.

  Three accompaniers will be working in Hebron, accompanying
children going
  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
the Union
  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,
New Zealand,
  Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United

  For more information on EAPPI and photos: 
  For more information on the WCC: 

  The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel
  was launched in August 2002. Ecumenical accompaniers monitor
and report
  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
stand in
  solidarity with the churches and all those struggling against
  occupation. The programme is co-ordinated by the World Council

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342, in
 more than 120 countries in all continents from virtually all
 traditions. The Roman Catholic Church is not a member church
but works
 cooperatively with the WCC. The highest governing body is the
 which meets approximately every seven years. The WCC was
 inaugurated in 1948 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Its staff is
headed by
 general secretary Samuel Kobia from the Methodist church in

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