World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel (WWPPI) is a time for people of faith around the world to join together in worship, prayer, education, advocacy, and action in support of an end to the occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals who share the hope of justice unite to take peaceful actions and create a common international public witness.
The theme of the week in 2016, to be observed September 18–24, is “God has broken down the dividing walls.” Liturgical, action, and animation resources can be found on the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum site and in our worship section. On social media, the hashtag #DismantlingBarriers is used.
WWPPI is an initiative of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches that calls its participants to work for an end to the occupation of Palestine, so that Palestinians and Israelis can finally live in peace. It has been 49 years since the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza overwhelmed the peaceful vision of one land, two peoples.
Yet the dream of one nation cannot be fulfilled at the expense of another.
The additional resources below may offer inspiration for animation in your local contexts. They invite us to seek to enter into dialogue and to continue to break down the dividing walls that prevent a just peace for Palestine and Israel.
- Our Let’s Keep Talking resources invite United Church people to engage in courageous conversations about just peace in Palestine and Israel. The videos, brochure, worship, and workshop resources are tools for helping your faith community have these important discussions.
- The thought-provoking article Anti-BDS legislation Violates Free Speech by David Wildman outlines the rise of anti-BDS legislation that “seeks to empower state governments to punish selectively some who exercise their First Amendment rights.” These developments are paralleled in Canada with the House of Commons’ February 2016 anti-BDS motion and failed attempt to pass Bill C-202 in Ontario in May 2016.