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EAPPI
Background
• In September 2000 the Second Intifada began in Jerusalem
following the failure of the U.S.-sponsored Camp Dav...
Overview
EAPPI brings internationals to
the West Bank to experience
life under occupation.
Ecumenical Accompaniers
(EAs) p...
Structure
• Two Staff in Geneva
– Manuel Quintero, International Program Coordinator
– Anne-Marie Vuignier, Program Associ...
EAPPI US
Steering Committee
• Robert Smith – Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America
• Mark Koenig – PCUSA
• Peter Makari -...
Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs)
Serve 3 month terms in
one of 7 placements:
• Jerusalem (2)
• Bethlehem
• Jayyous
• Yanoun
•...
Yanoun
“Harassment by the settlers has
decreased by maybe 80 or 90
percent. The reason is that you are
in the village. The...
Hebron – Cordoba School
Bethlehem
Monitoring Checkpoints
Jayyous
“The protection that EAPPI
offers to vulnerable
communities in the West Bank
is an important contribution to
the w...
Jayyous
Miles
0 21
55
ACTIVATE
LAYERS
Habla Tunnel
Road 55
Jayyus’ Land
Water wells
Green Line
West Bank Barrier
Construct...
Jerusalem
“Women in Black is deeply
appreciative of the supportive
presence of EAs every Friday. For
an hour they stand wi...
Activities in the US
• Meet with elected officials in DC.
• Speak in churches, schools, community groups
• Write letters t...
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  1. 1. EAPPI
  2. 2. Background • In September 2000 the Second Intifada began in Jerusalem following the failure of the U.S.-sponsored Camp David talks between Israel and the PLO. In the weeks that followed, the level of violence escalated in the West Bank and Gaza. Alarmed by this turn of events, the heads of the local churches in Jerusalem called for churches worldwide to accompany them with prayers, statements, advocacy and presence. • In response to this call by the local churches of Jerusalem, the World Council of Churches Executive Committee meeting in September 2001 recommended to "develop an accompaniment program that would include an international ecumenical presence”. After further extensive consultation, the WCC Executive Committee launched the EAPPI in February 2002.
  3. 3. Overview EAPPI brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace. When they return home, EAs campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict through an end to the occupation.
  4. 4. Structure • Two Staff in Geneva – Manuel Quintero, International Program Coordinator – Anne-Marie Vuignier, Program Associate • Office in Jerusalem (7 staff) – Elizabeth (Jet) den Hollander, Local Programme Coordinator – Judith Daemberg, Team Facilitator – Nader Muaddi, Advocacy Officer – Bethany Fullerton, Communications Officer – Liz Allcock, Research Officer – Scarlet Habib, Admin and Finance Officer: – Samar Hashweh, Receptionist • Local Reference Group in Jerusalem • National Coordinators and Committees from sending countries • Annual Meeting and Core Group
  5. 5. EAPPI US Steering Committee • Robert Smith – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America • Mark Koenig – PCUSA • Peter Makari - Global Ministries (United Church of Christ/Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)) • Derek Duncan – Global Ministries • David Wildman – UMC General Board of Global Ministries • Steve Weaver- Church World Service
  6. 6. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) Serve 3 month terms in one of 7 placements: • Jerusalem (2) • Bethlehem • Jayyous • Yanoun • Hebron • south Hebron hills – (David Etherington with Nael Khalid)
  7. 7. Yanoun “Harassment by the settlers has decreased by maybe 80 or 90 percent. The reason is that you are in the village. The biggest effect has been on the children. I have asked how they feel, when the settlers come and you are here, and they say they are no longer scared like they used to be.” “If the internationals leave the village in the morning, we will leave in the afternoon”. Rashid Murar, Mayor of Yanoun
  8. 8. Hebron – Cordoba School
  9. 9. Bethlehem Monitoring Checkpoints
  10. 10. Jayyous “The protection that EAPPI offers to vulnerable communities in the West Bank is an important contribution to the work of the UN and the wider humanitarian community in the oPt. UNOCHA is especially indebted to successive Jayyous and Tulkarem teams, who supply valuable information on the functioning of agricultural gates.” Ray Dolphin, UNOCHA
  11. 11. Jayyous Miles 0 21 55 ACTIVATE LAYERS Habla Tunnel Road 55 Jayyus’ Land Water wells Green Line West Bank Barrier Constructed Planned Dismantled Palestinian Built-up Israeli Settlements Barrier Gates
  12. 12. Jerusalem “Women in Black is deeply appreciative of the supportive presence of EAs every Friday. For an hour they stand with us and our signs calling for an end to the occupation. They endure the same attacks from passersby, engage in dialogue with those willing to talk, and provide quiet witness to our work for peace. They are an important source of strength that helps sustain us in our activity.” Gila Svirsky, Women in Black Organizer
  13. 13. Activities in the US • Meet with elected officials in DC. • Speak in churches, schools, community groups • Write letters to newspapers • Engage in grassroots campaigns

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