Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) Dec. 2004 - Feb. 2005

Uprooted Olive Trees and the Fight for Holy Land
Three Months as an Ecumenical Accompanier in Jayyous, Palestine
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I have been living in the palestinian village of Jayyous on the West Bank, 20 km northeast of Tel Aviv from Dec. 2004 to Feb. 2005. As an "Ecumenical Accompanier" on behalf of the World Council of Churches, living directly at the separation barrier constructed illegally by the Israeli government, I wanted to learn from people from all sides, try to understand them and - if asked for - support peace work. When I witnessed the uprooting of 117 olive trees by Jewish settlers on one of my first days in Jayyous, I immediately found myself amid the brutal confrontation for land and life in the Holy Land. Besides I witnessed in the weeks after Yasser Arafat's death Palestinian local- and presidential elections, had a meeting with Jimmy Carter on a mission for democracy and peace, saw Arafat's Mausoleum in Ramallah and a lot more.


Uprooting of Olive Trees in Jayyous
A Diary of Violence, Arbitrariness and Protest
Dec. 9, 2004 - Jan. 4, 2005

Independant Candidate Afaf Shatara and the Palestinian Local Elections
How a Christian School Director Won Elections Without Campaigning
Dec. 23, 2004

Energy Renewal at the Sea of Galilee
A Saviour at the Deepest Marathon in the World
Jan. 6, 2005

On Counting the Votes in the Old City of Nablus
Where Osama bin Laden and Yassir Arafat Get a Vote
Jan. 9, 2005

Postelection Meeting with Jimmy Carter,
Heads of Churches and EAPPI in Jerusalem
Jan. 10, 2005

Two Worlds Twenty Minutes Apart
By Lydia Gall, Sweden/EAPPI
Jan. 29, 2005


Life in Jayyous
Dec. 2004 - Feb. 2005

Xmas in Yanoun
Dec. 24-25, 2004

Sunrise in Jayyous
Dec. 30, 2004

Tom Fox
Dec. 31, 2004

Fatah Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its Military Wing in Ramallah
Jan. 1, 2005

Arafat's Temporary Mausoleum in Ramallah
Jan. 1, 2005

Manger Behind the Wall in Bethlehem
Jan. 6, 2005

EAPPI Group 10
Portraits of 15 New Members of Group 10
Feb. 2005 / Nov. 2004

Goodbye, Teachers! - Goodbye, Nablus!
Dec. 4, 2004

The Wall
"Temporary Separation Barrier"
Winter 2004/2005


Events: The Israeli Uprooting of Trees in Palestine
An Eyewitness Account

The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN)
Feb. 23, 2005

Environmentalists Raise Awareness on Deforestation in Palestinian Areas

The World Council of Churches is working with environmentalists in Jordan and the region on a campaign to stop Israel from uprooting trees in Palestinian areas

by Rami Abdelrahman
The Jordan Times
Feb. 28, 2005

Presence of Accompaniers Reduces Violence in Jayyous
By Anki Nord (in Swedish)
Sändaren Nr. 5
March 10, 2005

Summer 2005

Chuck Fager (Ed.)
Tom Fox Was My Friend. Yours, Too.
102 pages, Kimo Press 2006
The Cover is one of my photos from Jayyous.

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Disclaimer: I have been active from Dec. 2004 to Feb. 2005 for Evangelisches Missionswerk in Südwestdeutschland (EMS) as an Ecumenical Accompanier serving on the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The views contained herein are personal and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer EMS or the WCC. If you would like publish the information contained here or disseminate further, please first contact the EAPPI Communications Officer and Managing Director ( for permission. Thank you.