World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel 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. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, calls us to use this week as a time to “remind world leaders, as well as the public, about a sad, unsolved—and in some ways, forgotten—situation, which benefits neither Israelis nor Palestinians.”

Youth and Children: Raising Hope and Making Change

The theme of the week in 2018, to be observed September 16–23, is Youth and Children: Raising Hope and Making Change. Young people also hold the future of Palestine and Israel in their hands, reflects Tveit. “Today, too many children in Palestinian territories grow up in fear, poverty, and hopelessness, caused by more than 50 years of occupation.” he writes. 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.

Liturgical, action, and animation resources can be found on the World Council of Churches’ site and in our worship section.

More Resources and Ideas for Action

These additional resources below may offer inspiration for animation in your local contexts.