2013 World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations to join together Sept. 22–28 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice will unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness.

The week follows the International Day of Prayer for Peace, Sept. 21.

The week follows the International Day of Prayer for Peace, Sept. 21.

Theme of the week in 2013 is: "Jerusalem, a city of justice & peace."

As part of the most recent World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, from May 28–June 3, 2012, churches in at least 25 countries sent a message to policy-makers, community groups and their own parishes about the urgent need for a peace settlement that ends the illegal occupation and secures the legitimate rights and future of both peoples.

During this year’s World Week for Peace, participants will organize and join in events and activities around the following three principles:

  1. Praying with churches living under occupation, using a special prayer from Jerusalem and other worship resources prepared for the week.
  2. Educating about actions that make for peace, and about facts on the ground that do not create peace, especially issues related to the city of Jerusalem.
  3. Advocating with political leaders using ecumenical policies that promote peace with justice.

This annual observance of a week of prayer, education and advocacy calls participants to work for an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine, so that Palestinians and Israelis can finally live in peace. It has been more than 64 years since the partition of Palestine hardened into a permanent nightmare for Palestinians.

It is now more than 45 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, PIEF emphasized.

  • It's time for Palestinians and Israelis to share a just peace.
  • It's time for freedom from occupation.
  • It's time for equal rights.
  • It's time for the healing of wounded souls.

Learn more about the World Week for Peace.

Editor's note: The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF), established in 2007, is an instrument to “catalyze and coordinate new and existing church advocacy for peace, aimed at ending the illegal occupation in accordance with U.N. resolutions, and demonstrate its commitment to interreligious action for peace and justice that serves all the peoples of the region.”

PIEF works towards increasing solidarity between and among churches committed to peace and justice for communities living under occupation. Its interfaith dimension invites people of other religions in the Middle East and elsewhere to join the search and struggle for a just and comprehensive peace.

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