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.
More Resources and Ideas for Action
These additional resources below may offer inspiration for animation in your local contexts.
- 12 Faces of Hope: Stories and videos for justice and peace created by the World Council of Churches to mark 50 years of occupation.
- Detaining Dreams from No Way to Treat a Child: Show this video and use the accompanying study guide for conversation. See more information on how to participate in the No Way to Treat a Child Campaign.
- Promote or sell directly Zatoun fair-trade products. Proceeds from the sale of Zatoun products are used to directly benefit Palestinian farmers and children living in occupied Palestine.