What is EAPPI?
EAPPI accompanies Palestinians and Israelis in nonviolent actions and carries out advocacy efforts to end the occupation. 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.
A volunteer accompanier serves for three months in a West Bank city or a small village sharing the in the day to day lives of Palestinian people, or supporting Israelis in nonviolent action for peace. Maybe EAPPI is right for someone you know. Find out more about how to apply.
Applications are now being accepted for the following dates:
April 13 - July 13 2013 (Group 48)
August 17 - November 15 2013 (Group 49)
November 2 2013 - January 31 2014 (Group 50)
While EAPPI-US receives support from several national church bodies, the project needs and accepts contributions from congregations, individuals and groups. Your gift to EAPPI-US can help support the effort to recruit and train volunteer accompaniers or provide them with scholarship funding.
To give to EAPPI-US, send a check to:
Church World Service
PO Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515
Attn: Joanne Rendall
Join an ecumenical prayer vigil for the Christian communities in Jerusalem, for all those who are suffering in the Holy Land, for Palestinians and Israelis, and for peace in the Middle East and the world.
Your congregation or group can join others taking part in the Ecumenical Prayer Vigil and get connected with others in your area participating in the vigil.
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News & Resources...
EAPPI started providing a protective presence for [Palestinian school children in Tuqu] because of repeated incidents. The school is a mixed primary school (400 students) a girls secondary school (260) and a boys secondary school (520 students). Four students from this school have been killed, the last one in 2008.
The [Israeli] soldiers were threatening children and forcing them to show the contents of their bags. Several boys were arrested and detained including a 4th grade child.
Since 2011 EAPPI has been involved in a protective presence at this school. In September 2012, EAPPI joined with UNICEF in a program to monitor access to education. The "school run" as we refer to it is shared between team members.
We place ourselves where we can see the children and the soldiers.
For some unknown reason, on Tuesday, the soldier did not like where we were standing. He came up to me and asked what I was doing there. He did not like my answer, "Providing a protective presence for the school children."
He said I had to move back by the sign and pointed up the road. He is the person with his finger on the trigger so I moved up the road a bit.
Personally I wanted to say, "Who do you think you are talking to? My country provides your country with over $500,000,000,000 each year. If it were not for my tax dollars, your country and this situation would be very different. Obviously, I did not (READ MORE)
Accompaniers will visit you
Many of the 40 returned US ecumenical accompaniers are available to teach and preach in churches or speak at events. Invite them to share their experiences and speak about peacemaking in Israel and Palestine. Please click here for a list of accompaniers and their direct contact information.
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