World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2015

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities and civil-society organizations around the world to join in 2015 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel.

Infographic on legality of the wall

Theme of the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel (WWPPI) in 2015 is “God has broken down the dividing Walls.” Hashtag for the campaigns during the week is: “#WallWillFall.”

Dates for the commemoration are Sept. 20-26.

The World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel calls congregations, individuals and groups concerned for justice to act to achieve justice through demonstrating commitment to create a common international public witness and to do so through nonviolence and dialogue.

Annual observance

This annual observance of a week of prayer, education, and advocacy calls participants to work for an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine, so that Palestinians and Israelis can finally live in peace.

It has been 66 years since the creation of the state of Israel. This has not led to the creation of an independent Palestinian state, but has only deepened the tragedy of the Palestinian people.

The Palestinian people refuse to abandon their claims to justice.

It is now 47 years since the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza overwhelmed the peaceful vision of one land, two peoples.

The Palestinian people refuse to abandon their claims to justice and to an end to being further dispossessed, point out co-moderators of PIEF Dr. Muna Mushahwar and the Rev. Dr. Robert Smith in announcing the 2015 World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel.

Sunday, Sept. 20, the opening day of the week, churches around the world will be invited to worship and pray using a special liturgy developed by Palestinian Christians. In keeping with the intent of the week to “Pray, Educate, Advocate,” a liturgy has been prepared to assist congregations, community groups and individuals to sponsor meetings, protest, study groups, videos, exhibitions, campaigns and other innovative ways to observe the week.

Resources

An e-resource prepared by EAPPI-UK is now available on the WWPPI website along with the liturgy and the Jerusalem Prayer. Go to World Week for Peace 2015.

This year, the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) will work through the Jerusalem Inter-Church Centre, theEcumenical Accompaniment Programme for Palestine & Israel (EAPPI) and Kairos Palestine in Palestine and around the world to develop a coalition to campaign against the illegal Separation Wall.

The intent is to mobilize human rights-justice movements, social movements, student movements and interfaith coalitions in Palestine and Palestine solidarity groups worldwide. Participants in World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel are called to send out a loud and clear signal to policy-makers, community groups and parishes about the urgent need for a peace settlement that ends the illegal occupation and secures the legitimate rights and future of both peoples.

The message of the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem summons us:

Inspire us to not be content with mere words; but to engage in acts of costly solidarity. Inspire us to be instruments of your peace, the workers of your will.

Important opportunity

For churches this is an especially important opportunity to the Amman Call, which concludes with the critical plea: “Enough is enough. No more words without deeds. It is time for action.”

This moment, this Kairos, is the time for action:

  • It is time to end Israel’s illegal occupation of territory.;
  • It is time for the political rights of the Palestinian people to be recognized and implemented.
  • It is time for Palestinians and Israelis to share a just peace for the benefit of all peoples in the region.
  • It is time to let the healing begin.

Dismantling the Wall will be a first step, emphasizes PIEF's co-moderators.

Editor's note: Resources for the World Week for Peace Palestine Israel (WWPPI) 2015 now on the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) website:

PIEF hopes to add more theological reflections by the end of May. Social networking and campaign strategies are on the WWPPI website.

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum, established in 2007, is an instrument to “catalyze and coordinate new and existing church advocacy for peace, aimed at ending the illegal occupation in accordance with U.N. resolutions, and demonstrate its commitment to interreligious action for peace and justice that serves all the peoples of the region.”

The World Council of Churches (WCC) brings together churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 500 million Christians and including most of the world's Orthodox churches, scores of Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches. At the end of 2013, there were 345 member churches.

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