Action Card - September 2018
Provided by Steve Hucklesby, Policy Adviser, Methodist Church
The World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel - Youth and Children: Raising Hope and
September 16 -23, 2018
This year the focus is on youth and children and on hope and change.
Of the many challenges youth and children in Palestine face, access to education presents numerous obstacles.
Large numbers of Palestinian children living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem experience serious
harassment and hurdles on their way to and from school as well as in school yards and classrooms. The
accompaniers of The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and
Israel have witnessed many attacks over the past years and have indicated that they are becoming more
Delays at checkpoints, military presence, settler attacks, treacherous roads, closed military zones, demolition
orders and violent clashes are among the obstacles that children face. As the security situation in many parts
of Palestine continues to deteriorate, the protection of schools and students, together with their right to
education, needs to be respected and prioritised.
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, says:-
Today too many children in Palestinian territories grow up in fear, poverty and hopelessness, caused by
more than 50 years of occupation. Too many youngsters lack access to proper education and can’t find decent
Still, there is hope for a just peace in Palestine and Israel, and as Christians we must continue our efforts
on a global scale to resolve the conflict peacefully.
During this week, which includes the International Day of Peace on 21 September, church organizations,
congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in
worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of a just peace for Palestinians and
FIND OUT MORE:-
Background on youth and children with prayers <https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/wcc-
12 diverse voices on hope for Israel and Palestine - 12 Faces of Hope
TAKE ACTION: -
Arrange a service or time of prayer in your church - Resources available from Pax Christi UK
Enhance Palestinian Schoolchildren’s Access to Education - Write to the Israeli Ambassador in London or your
Ambassador Mark Regev
Embassy of Israel
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