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.

Dismantling Barriers

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.

Separation Wall in Hebron
An Israeli settler and a Palestinian walk on opposite sides of a concrete barrier in Hebron. The Israeli military enforces restrictions to segregate the two populations, including prohibiting walking on the same section of this road.
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Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum

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.

More Resources

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.