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Everyone who comes from afar to work with Palestinians and Israelis for peace and justice in the Holy Land– whether accompanying children to school, monitoring human rights abuses, working in an office, or picking olives in the West Bank– brings home the fact to all who live there that they are not alone. We urge you to consider the opportunities provided by the organizations below, and to let us know of others we may want to add to the list:
The PFTA is a union of fair trade cooperatives, processors, and exporters. The association was founded in 2004 in Jenin and maintains offices there. PFTA's mission is to provide social and economic empowerment to small, marginalized, and excluded Palestinian communities through the concept of fair trade.
You can support Palestinian fair trade and enterprise by joining in the lives of farmers, processors, and members of women's cooperatives on the ground in Palestine. Volunteer tourism and internship opportunities are available year round. Internships can be arranged based on profession and work experience. Typically, interns serve one month to one year. You will make lifelong friendships and further cross-cultural respect.
For more information about PFTA's exporters and distributors, and about how purchasing Palestinian Fair Trade products can benefit your church, see https://www.canaanfairtrade.com/
EAPPI brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace. When they return home, EAs campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through an end to the occupation, respect for international law and implementation of UN resolutions. Get involved!
"What would happen if Christians devoted the same discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war?"
This is the question that CPT founder, Ron Sider, asked himself when he founded the organization in the early 1980's.
"Initially sponsored by the two largest North American Mennonite denominations and the Church of the Brethren, as of 2007 CPT has gained the additional sponsorship of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, the Congregation of St. Basil (Basilians), Every Church a Peace Church, Friends United Meeting, On Earth Peace, and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. Most of CPT’s support comes from church members, congregations, and Friends meetings. As others join this movement to find ways for justice to happen without killing, they will bring their own special gifts to build the work.
A larger, more ecumenical CPT will inspire Christians from all over the world to lay aside the weapons of destruction usually controlled by the mighty. With Jesus’ help and inspiration, these CPTers will show that the power for transforming conflicts is a miracle available to all of humankind."
"CPT maintains one team at two sites in Palestine. Half of the team is in the Palestinian city of Hebron/al-Khalil in the southern West Bank and half is located 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) further south in the Palestinian village of at-Tuwani."
"ICAHD is an independent non-violent, activist organization originally established to oppose the Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories. We also work cooperatively with ICAHD-UK, ICAHD-USA, and other peace and human rights groups working for a just peace in the Middle East." Read "ICADH Summer Campers rebuild the Hamdan house again".
"Rabbis for Human Rights is the rabbinic voice of conscience in Israel."
Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) was established with the purpose of giving voice to the Zionist ideal and the Jewish religious tradition of human rights. Since its inception in 1988, RHR has championed the cause of the poor in Israel, supported the rights of Israel’s minorities and Palestinians, worked to stop the abuse of foreign workers, endeavored to guarantee the upkeep of Israel’s public health care system, promoted the equal status of women, helped Ethiopian Jews, battled trafficking in women, and more."
Volunteers needed for Olive Harvest. "The presence of RHR and other volunteers has prevented settler attacks and prevented the army from acting in a high handed manner to cut back on work days, etc. What happens next depends on you...."