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World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel

The 2019  World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, 15-22 September

Humanity and Equality in God’s Creation

“The situation in Palestine and Israel is unchanged and people continue to suffer. It affects the future of everyone in the region, denies the equal human dignity of all people, and in all aspects of God’s creation. Though we are all created equally in God’s image, the military occupation and its discriminatory practices are obstacles to the fullness of life for all in God’s creation”,Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of churches (WCC)

Resources that may help you plan for the week


Prayer

  • Powerpoint with stories from the Wall Museum matched with themes of the UN Declaration on Human Rights could be used as a meditation in a service. (Available here in pdf format for printing/copying )
  • Prayer for Israel and Palestine from Mennonite Central Committee


Study


Action

Show a film to help people see what life is like in Palestine.  Many films can be hired / downloaded for use with groups or church audiences.  Here are some examples

  • Imprisoning a Generation: is a documentary film following the stories of four young Palestinians who have been detained and imprisoned under the Israeli military and political systems
  • The Wanted 18: an animation exploring in what happens when a community use creativity and nonviolent resistance against Israeli occupation
  • Open Bethlehem, a film and campaign created by Leila Sansour who  returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her hometown

More ideas

Events for 2019

15 September (Sun) St Columba’s, RC Parish in Chester marked the beginning of The World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel with a shared tea,  after Mass, to support Palestine.  Two more teas have been organised for October, and appeal by Friends of the Holy Land at all masses on first Sunday of Advent.
18 September (Wed)  3.30- 5.30.  Vigil for World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel: Humanity and equality in God’s creation.  Piazza, Metropolitan  Cathedral  of Christ the King., Liverpool.  Organised by Pax Christi Liverpool
18 September (Wed) 2019 doors open at 7.00pm.  Talk: Monitoring Human Rights in Palestine: an eye-witness account with Paul Clark who has served as a volunteer with both the Christian Peacemaker Teams and with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.  St George’s Catholic Church Parish Hall on Sansome Place, Worcester, WR1 1UG
18 September (Wed) Mass offered for Peace in Palestine and Israel. St Gabriel’s Parish,  Church In Wales Bryn Rd, Brynmill, Swansea SA2 0AP.  All Welcome
20 September (Fri) Eye Witness Accounts of life in Palestine .  Speakers Alison Milne & Michael Kenny. 7.30 Reading International Solidarity Centre, 35-39 London STreet, Reading RG 1 4PS.  All welcome

22 September (Sun) Prayers for Israel and Palestine, 2 – 5 pm. Old St Paul’s Church, 63 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DN
 4 October (Fri) at 3.30.   A reflective celebration of Water, Earth , Fire and the olive tree.  Held in the Walled Garden, Minsteracres, Durham, DH8 9RU.  Will include the planting of an olive tree in memory of Susannah Crump

 

 

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The 2018 World Week for Peace  16 – 23 September

Investing in young  people 

A week of education, prayer and action for peace in Palestine &  Israel, initiated by the World Council of Churches. Planned events below

This year’s theme is “Youth and Children: Raising Hope and Making Change”. Youth and children are the ones who suffer the most in conflicts and under occupation. They are also the ones who will hold the future of Palestine and Israel in their hands, the ones we pray will grow up with peace and prosperity.

2018 Promotion Flyer  for sharing. the date and theme.  You can order copies in sets of 100.  

Pray

Study

  • Generation  potential: interviews with five young Palestinians, project of PAX for Peace, Netherlands
  • 12 Faces of Hope: Seek Justice and Peace in the Holy Land: a resource from the WCC stories and video clips include Rabbi Noa Mazor, peacemaker Tarek Al-Zoughbi and communication worker Nanor Arkelian 
  • Video testimonies from Breaking the Silence, an organisation of veteran combatants of the Israeli Defence Forces who have served the occupation.
  • Find out about the work of Defence for Children International  in Palestine – important work monitoring and advocating for children who are illegally detained.  Stories, date and advocacy ideas.

Act

PLANNED EVENTS FOR 2018 : please let us now what you are planning and we can post here. Email coordinator@paxchristi.org.uk

17 September, Cambridge.  Talk  Life in Palestine dominated by barriers and checkpoints by Paul Clark, EAPPI volunteer.  At 7.30, St Laurence Church, Milton Road, Cambridge.

19th September.  Winchester.  Screenings of the film From Balfour to Banksy: Divisions and Visions in Palestine Booking here 

20 September.  Hexham. Youth and children Raising hope and making change.  Evening with Hamed Qawasmeh from the West Bank.  St Mary’s Church Centre, Hencotes, Hexham, NE46 2EB @7.30

21 September, Stroud. Rodborough Tabernacle URC, Tabernacle Walk, Stroud Gl5 3UJ .  Screenings of the film From Balfour to Banksy: Divisions and Visions in Palestine .  Booking here 

29 September, NewcastleYouth and Children: Raising hope and making change.  Speaker Phoebe Rison, Advocacy worker for Sabeel/Kairos.  St Thomas’ Church, Haymarket, Newcastle @ 1.00pm.  2.30 worship

UK Working Group for the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

Amos Trust / Baptist Union of Great Britain / Church of Scotland / Council of Lutheran Churches / Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel Embrace the Middle East Friends of Sabeel UK / Kairos Britain / Methodist Church in Britain/ Pax Christi UK / Quakers in Britain /
United Reformed Church-Commitment for Life 

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Resources and events from WWPPI  2017 

Action card with text on reverse to be sent to MPs and Elected Representatives.  Order copies in sets of 100.

Voices of the young

Stories of young people from Palestine and Israel 

 Powerpoint  Voices of the young  with testimonies from young people.  Could be used within the liturgy or each slide could be printed and enlarged to create a small exhibition.

Additional stories – A4 presentations 

  • From Saif , Dar al Kalim School,Evangelical Lutheran School – Beit Sahour
  • From Bashar, Dar al Kalim School, Evangelical Lutheran School – Beit Sahour
  • From Wadie, Lutheran School, Ramallah

filmVideos of children and young people talking about their lives and experiences

ice in St Andrew’s Church, Penrice, Gower

 

 

 

 

 

 

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