World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel, 16-23 September, 2018   Investing in young people

Palestine Update  170

World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel, 16-23 September, 2018  
Investing in young people 
A week of education, prayer and action for peace in Palestine & Israel, initiated by the World Council of Churches.

Planned events below
This year’s theme is “Youth and Children: Raising Hope and Making Change”. Youth and children are the ones who suffer the most in conflicts and under occupation. They are also the ones who will hold the future of Palestine and Israel in their hands, the ones we pray will grow up with peace and prosperity.
2018 Promotion Flyer  for sharing the date and theme.  You can order copies in sets of 100.
Pray

Study

  • Generation  potential: interviews with five young Palestinians, project of PAX for Peace, Netherlands
  • 12 Faces of Hope: Seek Justice and Peace in the Holy Land: a resource from the WCC stories and video clips include Rabbi Noa Mazor, peacemaker Tarek Al-Zoughbi and communication worker Nanor Arkelian 
  • Video testimonies from Breaking the Silence, an organisation of veteran combatants of the Israeli Defence Forces who have served the occupation.
  • Find out about the work of Defence for Children International  in Palestine – important work monitoring and advocating for children who are illegally detained.  Stories, date and advocacy ideas.

Act

PLANNED EVENTS FOR 2018:
20 September.  HexhamYouth and children Raising hope and making change.  Evening with Hamed Qawasmeh from the West Bank.  St Mary’s Church Centre, Hencotes, Hexham, NE46 2EB @7.30
29 September, Newcastle.  Youth and Children: Raising hope and making change.  Speaker Phoebe Rison, Advocacy worker for Sabeel/Kairos.  St Thomas’ Church, Haymarket, Newcastle @ 1.00pm.  2.30 worship

Resources and events from WWPPI  2017 
Action card with text on reverse to be sent to MPs and Elected Representatives.
Order copies in sets of 100.

Stories of young people from Palestine and Israel 
 Powerpoint  Voices of the young  with testimonies from young people.  Could be used within the liturgy or each slide could be printed and enlarged to create a small exhibition.
Additional stories – A4 presentations 

  • From Saif , Dar al Kalim School,Evangelical Lutheran School – Beit Sahour
  • From Bashar, Dar al Kalim School, Evangelical Lutheran School – Beit Sahour
  • From Wadie, Lutheran School, Ramallah

Videos of children and young people talking about their lives and experiences

UK Working Group for the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel
Amos Trust / Baptist Union of Great Britain / Church of Scotland / Council of Lutheran Churches / Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel Embrace the Middle East Friends of Sabeel UK / Kairos Britain / Methodist Church in Britain/ Pax Christi UK / Quakers in Britain /
United Reformed Church-Commitment for Life 

Source: http://paxchristi.org.uk/campaigns/israel-and-palestine/world-week-for-peace-in-pi/

Don’t befriend me for a day, and leave me a month. Don’t get close to me if you’re going to leave. Don’t say what you don’t do. Be close or get away.

 لا تصاحبني يوماً .. لتهجرني شهراً ولا تقربني .. لتبعدني .. لا تقل ما لا تفعل كُن قريباً .. أو ابتعد.

Mahmoud Darwish.