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  • 31.08.10

    Loving your neighbour in the Middle East

    Military checkpoints are a way of life for Palestinians in Palestine and Israel. Each day tens of thousands of Palestinians move patiently through turnstiles and narrow caged walkways to go to work, school or home. It is a humiliating experience.

  • 27.08.10

    WCC delegation seeks just and inclusive peace in Palestine and Israel

    At a time when there are signs of hope emerging from the churches in the Middle East around the conflict in Palestine and Israel, a delegation led by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit will be travelling to the region to emphasize the need for a “just peace”.

  • 12.08.10

    EAPPI Newsletter - August 2010

    A heat wave coincides with the start of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) reports on developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

  • 20.07.10

    Taking water to the Jordan

    A few days ago, I was handing out bottles of water within a few miles of Israel/Palestine’s only major river, the Jordan. The village of Al Fasayel lies in a desert landscape, a contrast to nearby Israeli settlements, which have access to almost unlimited water. Al Fasayel itself has not had water on tap for over seven weeks.

  • 1.06.10

    Palestinian and Jewish activists call to work for peace

    The plight of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation and the need to hold the Israeli State accountable under international law were highlighted at a roundtable hosted by the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum in Geneva, Switzerland on 31 May. The roundtable was one of the events marking the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel.

  • 1.06.10

    WCC condemns the assault on a Gaza-bound convoy

    It is with great distress that the World Council of Churches received the news that the Israeli naval forces stormed a Gaza-bound vessel carrying humanitarian aid in international waters before dawn on Monday, killing at least 10 civilians and injuring many more.

  • 31.05.10

    World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel begins

    Initiators of a World Week for Peace have urged Christians to pray and act for a just peace in Palestine and Israel. The call is "timely", they said, as peace activists have reportedly been killed after Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip this morning.

  • 19.05.10

    Looking for peace with justice

    "Our commitment to peace as churches and as Christians is something we have inherited at birth, or, indeed, from the birth of the baby of Bethlehem," said Bishop Dr Martin Schindehütte of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) at a day preparing for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation.

  • 12.05.10

    Churches unite to promote peace in Palestine-Israel

    In countries across six continents, a wide diversity of religious communities, people of faith, human rights and peace organizations are preparing to mark the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel.

  • 12.05.10

    Consultative meeting will promote justice tourism for pilgrims to Palestine-Israel

    While seeing holy sites and ancient structures remains popular for Christian tourists visiting the Holy Land, there is an emerging concern that Christian tourists have an ethical obligation to engage with the people living there, to become witnesses to their struggle for freedom, human dignity, equality, justice and peace.