Ecumenical Accompanier

The World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (WCC-EAPPI) was created in 2002 by the World Council of Churches based on a letter and an appeal from local church leaders to create an international presence in the country.

In 2017, the WCC-EAPPI has marked 15 years of bringing volunteers to accompany people in Palestine and Israel navigating daily routines, often under duress. The volunteers, proposed by WCC member churches, are known as Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) who serve for three months before returning to their church communities.

EAs from all age groups aim to offer a protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitoring and reporting human rights abuses. They join Palestinians and Israelis who work in nonviolent ways for peace, and they interact with a myriad of international, Israeli and Palestinian partners.

Ecumenical accompaniers regularly write blog posts about their experiences. To protect them from possible harassment, these blog posts are published via this shared account.

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