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.
EAPPI Reference Form
Thank you for agreeing to appraise a candidate for participation in the Ecumenical
Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).
The EAPPI is an ecumenical initiative whose mission is to accompany Palestinians and Israelis
in their non-violent actions and concerted advocacy efforts to end the occupation. Participants
of the programme will be monitoring and reporting violations of human rights and
international humanitarian law, supporting acts of non-violent resistance alongside local
Christian and Muslim Palestinians and Israeli peace activists, offering protection through nonviolent presence, engaging in public policy advocacy and, in general, standing in solidarity
with the local churches and all those struggling against the occupation.
The EAPPI is based on principles of international humanitarian and human rights law,
including resolutions of the UN Security Council, General Assembly and Commission on
Human Rights. Its detailed objectives are to: expose the violence of the occupation; end the
brutality, humiliation and violence against civilians; construct a stronger global advocacy
network; ensure the respect of human rights and international humanitarian law; influence
public opinion in the accompaniers’ home countries and affect foreign policy on Middle East in
order to end the occupation and create a viable Palestinian state; express solidarity with
Palestinian and Israeli peace activists and empower local Palestinian communities/churches; be
an active witness that an alternative, non-violent struggle for justice and peace is possible.
Given this challenging mandate and the gravity of the current situation on the ground it is
absolutely crucial that participants bring well-developed skills to the project. We are especially
interested in any insights that you can provide related to the candidate’s skill and proficiency in
the areas of peace and solidarity work, human rights, reporting and advocacy, non-violence
and conflict resolution.
Whether working on their own, with the rest of the EAPPI team or with locals, daily life on the
ground could be very stressful for the accompaniers. Peace and justice work in Israel/Palestine
often may take place in an atmosphere of tension, fear, confrontation and violence, with
curfews, checkpoints and other military controls having become common features of everyday
life. Ecumenical Accopmaniers will also be expected to deal with diverse parties such as the
local and international media, military authorities, church leadership and even groups hostile to
their very presence. Their work will therefore demand a high degree of sensitivity, initiative,
political awareness, tolerance, flexibility, cultural understanding, ability to work with others,
good human relations and excellent communication skills.
We would appreciate your candid appraisal of the candidate’s ability to work with the
Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. In the reference
form below, we have outlined specific areas upon which we would like you to comment. Please add
to these responses any additional comments that you may feel are relevant.
Click here if you want to download a PDF copy of the reference form, which can be printed, filled-out and then mailed in. Otherwise, continue to fill out the online form below: