Every year, Pax Christi International and several of its members participate in the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, organised by the World Council of Churches (WCC). People of faith all over the world are encouraged to demonstrate the power of prayer with action for peace in Palestine and Israel. This year it takes place from 13 to 21 September, ending with the International Day of Peace. The theme is “Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility.”
You can find more information about the week on the World Council of Churches’ website. It includes a brochure containing a Bible reflection and prayers as well as action and advocacy suggestions and communication guidelines. The WCC will also host an online prayer service for the week on 14 September.
Pax Christi International
To support the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, Pax Christi International has developed several social media graphics with pictures from the Arab Educational Institute, its member organisation in Bethlehem. You can share and download them them through Pax Christi International’s Flickr account. The peace movement is also highlighting its recent letter to Christian communities of the Holy Land and statement opposing Israel’s plans for annexation.
Arab Educational Institute in Bethlehem
From 13 to 21 of September, The Arab Educational Institute (AEI) will share videos on their Facebook account of locals and internationals praying, reading poems, singing songs and so on. The videos include both Christian and Muslim voices. A Dutch singer will be singing a song in Arabic with one of the youngsters of the AEI. One of the videos includes a poem written by Sr. Teresia Wamuyu Wachira, Pax Christi International’s Co-President.
Pax Christi England & Wales
Pax Christi England & Wales has collected materials on a dedicated page for the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel on their website, which includes suggestions for concrete actions to be taken as well as a prayer card to order or share online (click left).
Pax Christi Germany
On 18 September, with several partners, Pax Christi Germany is organising a discussion of the book “Antisemitism dispute: Right to interpretive power and political interests,” featuring Prof. Dr Wolfgang Benz. On 21 September, they are organizing a discussion titled “Palestine and Israel: challenge for the Churches” with Bishop em. Hans Jürgen Abromeit and Auxiliary Bishop Udo Markus Bentz in the House of the Catholic Church in Stuttgart.
Photo: Pax Christi Wallonia