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.
Please consider supporting EAPPI in its mission to accompany Palestinians and Israelis working for a just peace and an end to the occupation. Click Support to learn 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.
Detaining Dreams is an intimate new documentary featuring the stories of 4 Palestinian children and their families undergoing the ordeal of Israeli military detention.
Eccumenical Accompaniers Joyce Cassel (Group 45 - Hebron) and John Cassel (Group 45 - Bethlehem) assisted in the production of this documentary and receive special mention at the end.
Watch the documentary here.
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)