Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
The World Council of Churches founded the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel in response to a call from the local Heads of Churches in Jerusalem. EAPPI-US is the program through which Ecumenical Accompaniers from the United States participate. EAPPI-US is supported by U.S. national churches in partnership with Church World Service and welcomes engagement from a wide range of churches, agencies and individuals.
After extensive preparation and learning, EAPPI participants live in the West Bank for a three- month term. Alongside a team of people from other countries, Ecumenical Accompaniers live in communities to provide a protective presence in those communities. They engage with local churches, support Palestinians and Israelis working for a just peace, and document and write about what they experience and what they see.
When EAs return home, their focus shifts to advocacy. They share their first-hand experiences to inform people of the realities of the occupation and campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict based on international law and UN resolutions.
Accompaniment in Israel/Palestine: A Call to Serve with EAPPI
Church World Service on Escalation of Violence and Threats of Expulsion in Palestine and Israel
Washington, D.C.—Church World Service today expresses grave concern about escalating violence in Palestine and Israel and calls on the Biden administration to take immediate steps to broker a peace with justice. The call comes as the last two weeks have witnessed a surge in force by the Israeli government, including, but not limited to, the threat of imminent expulsion of Palestinian families from …
CWS Supports Efforts to End the Military Detention of Palestinian Children
Church World Service is pleased to endorse the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, H.R. 4391. We commend these efforts to address the military detention, prosecution and mistreatment of Palestinian children and are concerned that the Israeli military has detained approximately 10,000 Palestinian children, who are often held for extended periods of time without …
CWS Issues Statement on Israel-Palestine Conflict
As a faith-based agency working around the world to eliminate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice, Church World Service expresses profound sorrow at the military operations taking place in the Israel – Palestine conflict. We condemn both Hamas militants’ practice of firing rockets into Israel, and Israel’s bombardment of homes, hospitals and other civilian centers in Gaza. Military …