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    • Olive Tree Campaign - Keep Hope Alive

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      Launched in 2002, the JAI' Olive Tree Campaign distributes olive saplings among farmers, sponsored by individuals, YMCAs, YWCAs, churches, church related organizations, human rights organizations, as well as solidarity and advocacy groups around the world, as an act of solidarity and support to help 'Keep Hope Alive'. The farmers supported are these who suffer from the various Israeli policies that put their land and property under the threat of confiscation, and the sponsored olive trees get planted in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip areas where olive trees have been uprooted and destroyed by the Israelis, or where fields are threatened to be confiscated by the Israeli military Occupation, or where parts of the Israeli apartheid wall and settlements are constructed on part of the land.

      "Security reasons" is the Israeli excuse given for the uprooting of trees, while in reality Palestinians' olive trees are destroyed for the expansion of Israeli settlements and their bypass roads, the building of the Israel's "Apartheid wall", and as a result of Israeli settlers' violence in the occupied West Bank.

      Since the year 2001 Israel through its military and settlers in the West Bank and Gaza has uprooted, burnt and destroyed hundreds of thousands of olive trees that belong to Palestinian farmers and land owners, most of these trees have survived hundreds and thousands of years. We know that we will not replace the life of such olive trees, nor the stories and life lived around them, but we try to overcome such barbaric, irresponsible and careless practices by providing a sign of hope that future generations might than us for.

      The JAI widely shares those farmers' stories and reports on the Israeli attacks on Palestinian lands, or farmers, or olive trees, including the ones planted through the Campaign. Partners, sponsors and JAI friends are informed about the Israeli violations related to the olive trees and ask them to act accordingly. Hence, the Campaign is an educational, lobbying, and advocacy tool which targets policies that continue to support this ongoing land confiscation. The Campaign is also a development tool which helps to stabilize the Palestinian farmers' economic situation by allowing them to continue to stay on their land and provide a livelihood.

      The Campaign has an expanding network of friends and partners who have decided to join into the campaigns mission in keeping hope alive. They all work to bring about awareness about Palestine and encourage others to get involved through the sponsoring of planting of an olive tree. The campaign's networks exist in many countries like Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, UK, Switzerland, USA, Ireland, and many others.

      The annual objective of the campaign is to bring in about 350 new sponsors and to help in replanting 8,000 new olive trees each year.

      The trees planted so far have helped the farmers to steadfast on their land and confront the unjust Israeli military practices, and more importantly, to get individuals from all over the world involved and become more aware of what is happening in Palestine.

      In spite of the destruction of the very foundations of their existence, and in spite of the ever increasing violence in the Holy Land, Palestinian women, men and children are committed to rebuilding their society and its structures without the use of violence. They do need your support and involvement.

      Help Keep Hope Alive - An Invitation for Action

      For the amount of USD $20 you can Sponsor an olive tree. Sponsorship covers the cost of the young plant, distribution, planting and information for the farmers on the best techniques for olive tree care and production improvement. The cost also covers an official certificate, a sponsor label to be inscribed with the sponsor's name and put up in the field where his/her tree is planted and miscellaneous implementation costs of the project. Three-year old, solid, young plants, agriculture tubes are used in order to optimize survival potential as well as irrigation pipes for fields that have access to water.

      Every sponsor receives a certificate of appreciation from the JAI or partner organization sponsored through in his/her respective country, in addition to having their names put up on a plaque in the field where their trees are planted. Sponsorship records are available online, hence people can type their name and find where their tree(s) is/are planted, or simply write us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">. 

      The Olive Tree - Symbol of Peace, Prosperity and Wisdom

      In the whole of the Mediterranean Basin, the olive tree is an ancient source of basic livelihood and nutrition. Approximately 1,000 km2 of land in Palestine are planted with olive trees. An average olive tree produces 9 kg of olives, yielding 2 liters of oil which has many uses: food, sacramental oil, fuel, or as an ingredient of medicinal ointments. The olive tree is plain and frugal; it grows in poor soil, yields precious fruit, and can live for more than a thousand years. Throughout history, the Olive branch has been used as a symbol for peace, and together with the vine and the fig tree, the Olive Tree is also a symbol of wisdom, prosperity and happiness. 

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      • Attacks on campaign' fields
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      • General reported attacks on farmers and lands

        General media-reported Israeli attacks on Palestinian land, farmers, and trees.

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      • Campaign Farmers' Stories

        Stories from the Olive Tree Campaign fields and beneficiary farmers

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      • Campaign Sponsors' Reflections
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      • Olive picking program

        The Olive Picking Program is organized each fall for 10 days, in coordination with the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG).

        This Olive Picking Program aims to provide assistance and a protective civil international presence for Palestinian families to help them overcome the restrictions imposed by the Israeli military occupation and settlers during the olive harvest season.

        In addition to their picking activities the participants developed a social, cultural, political, historic and religious understanding of the region, witnessed life under occupation, and shared advocacy ideas and tools.

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      • Olive planting program

        The JAI-ATG Olive Planting Program, part of the JAI Olive Tree Campaign, lasts for 10 days in February each year, where people of any age and background from all over the world can join.

        Participants are given the opportunity to listen to Palestinian farmers’ stories of how their properties are threatened by settlers, the Apartheid Wall, bypass roads or Israeli settlement expansions.

        They plant a selection of the trees sponsored that season, usually 4 fields with approximately 400 olive trees in each.

        In addition to planting, the participants get a chance to visit the Palestinian towns of Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Hebron and Ramallah. They also meet with Palestinian organizations that provide information on conflict-related issues.

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    • International Campaings
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      • Boycott - Divestment - Sanctions Campaign

        Palestinian Civil Society

        Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights.

        BNC LogoOne year after the historic Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which found Israel's Wall built on occupied Palestinian territory to be illegal, Israel continues its construction of the colonial Wall with total disregard to the Court's decision. Thirty eight years into Israel's occupation of the Palestinian West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights, Israel continues to expand Jewish colonies. It has unilaterally annexed occupied East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and is now de facto annexing large parts of the West Bank by means of the Wall.

        Israel is also preparing - in the shadow of its planned redeployment from the Gaza Strip - to build and expand colonies in the West Bank. Fifty seven years after the state of Israel was built mainly on land ethnically cleansed of its Palestinian owners, a majority of Palestinians are refugees, most of whom are stateless. Moreover, Israel's entrenched system of racial discrimination against its own Arab-Palestinian citizens remains intact.

        In light of Israel's persistent violations of international law, and

        BDS_Poster_New_MGiven that, since 1948, hundreds of UN resolutions have condemned Israel's colonial and discriminatory policies as illegal and called for immediate, adequate and effective remedies, and

        Boycott - Divestment - Sanction CampaignGiven that all forms of international intervention and peace-making have until now failed to convince or force Israel to comply with humanitarian law, to respect fundamental human rights and to end its occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine, and

        In view of the fact that people of conscience in the international community have historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in the struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa through diverse forms of boycott, divestment and sanctions;

        Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in the spirit of international
        solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression,

        We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace.

        These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:

        • Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;
        • Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
        • Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
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      • Kairos Palestine

        About the Kairos Palestine Document

        KAIROS LogoThis document is the Christian Palestinians' word to the world about what is happening in Palestine. It is written at this time when we wanted to see the Glory of the grace of God in this land and in the sufferings of its people. In this spirit the document requests the international community to stand by the Palestinian people who have faced oppression, displacement, suffering and clear apartheid for more than six decades. The suffering continues while the international community silently looks on at the occupying State, Israel. Our word is a cry of hope, with love, prayer and faith in God. We address it first of all to ourselves and then to all the churches and Christians in the world, asking them to stand against injustice and apartheid, urging them to work for a just peace in our region, calling on them to revisit theologies that justify crimes perpetrated against our people and the dispossession of the land.

        In this historic document, we Palestinian Christians declare that the military occupation of our land is a sin against God and humanity, and that any theology that legitimizes the occupation is far from Christian teachings because true Christian theology is a theology of love and solidarity with the oppressed, a call to justice and equality among peoples.

        This document did not come about spontaneously, and it is not the result of a coincidence. It is not a theoretical theological study or a policy paper, but is rather a document of faith and work. Its importance stems from the sincere expression of the concerns of the people and their view of this moment in history we are living through. It seeks to be prophetic in addressing things as they are without equivocation and with boldness, in addition it puts forward ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and all forms of discrimination as the solution that will lead to a just and lasting peace. The document also demands that all peoples, political leaders and decision-makers put pressure on Israel and take legal measures in order to oblige its government to put an end to its oppression and disregard for the international law. The document also holds a clear position that non-violent resistance to this injustice is a right and duty for all Palestinians including Christians.

        The initiators of this document have been working on it for more than a year, in prayer and discussion, guided by their faith in God and their love for their people, accepting advice from many friends: Palestinians, Arabs and those from the wider international community. We are grateful to our friends for their solidarity with us.

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        As Palestinian Christians we hope that this document will provide the turning point to focus the efforts of all peace-loving peoples in the world, especially our Christian sisters and brothers. We hope also that it will be welcomed positively and will receive strong support, as was the South Africa Kairos document launched in 1985, which, at that time proved to be a tool in the struggle against oppression and occupation. We believe that liberation from occupation is in the interest of all peoples in the region because the problem is not just a political one, but one in which human beings are destroyed.

        We pray God to inspire us all, particularly our leaders and policy-makers, to find the way of justice and equality, and to realize that it is the only way that leads to the genuine peace we are seeking.

        • His Beatitude Patriarch Michel Sabbah
        • His Eminence Archbishop Atallah Hanna
        • Rev. Dr. Jamal Khader
        • Rev. Dr. Rafiq Khoury
        • Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb
        • Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek
        • Rev. Dr. Yohana Katanacho
        • Rev. Fadi Diab
        • Dr. Geries Khoury
        • Ms. Cedar Duaybis
        • Ms. Nora Kort
        • Ms. Lucy Thaljieh
        • Mr. Nidal Abu Zuluf
        • Mr. Yusef Daher
        • Mr. Rifat Odeh Kassis - Coordinator

        The 'Moment of Truth' document can be downloaded in several languages as PDF files:

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  • Youth & Exchange
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    • Youth Engagement

      According to our vision of being open to society and responding to the social needs of different groups, we work hand in hand with young people in organizing various activities. Our work with youth is open to both genders and all religions and in various areas, to encourage the Palestinian youth to participate in social development, and promote the concepts of justice, peace, democracy and human rights.

      This aims at enabling youth to share and exchange experiences on both local and international levels, increase the role of youth in activities locally and internationally, create young leaders, enhance the role of youth in society, spread the concepts of democracy, peace and justice among youth.

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      • Youth Democratic Citizenship

        This program targets the feeling of helplessness among Palestinain youth in order to give a platform for them to be empowered and regain their confidence in themselves as they do in their own generation.

        Youth can be the power of lobbying to address issues that range from local social services to national issues on poverty, unemployment, democracy, national concerns and even politics.

        Training in the fields of civics, leadership Lobbying and advocacy, is a must and it definitely gives the tools needed for better influence and greater impact. It is educating the Palestinian youth in order to serve their national aspiration of independence and freedom.

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      • Youth Just Peace

        This program works for the information, education and mobilization of Palestinian youth and works with them for launching different campaigns and initiatives, using different tools, and executing different activities to raise awareness and become advocates for Just Peace.

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      • Youth Groups
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        • Palestinian Youth Ecumenical Movement (PYEM)

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          PYEM is a voluntary gathering of Palestinian Christian youth, working under the umbrella of the YMCA-YWCA Joint Advocacy Initiative, and does not substitute or compete with any of the Christian youth organizations/groups working in Palestine.
          The gathering works, primarily, on fulfilling the Christian vision and activating the Palestinian Christian community' national role in the Palestinian society and cause, towards achieving peace with justice and building a democratic pluralistic society, dominated by the principles of social justice and the respect human rights and dignity.

          Mission

          Working with the Christian youths, and the various Christian youth groups, to unite visions, enhance ecumenism, and support the religious, social, and cultural local programs, based on the general Christian, humanitarian, and national principles, to develop the Palestinian Christian' national role in serving the Church, the homeland and human being.

          Goal

          Activating and strengthening the role of Palestinian Christian youth in the service of man kind, the Church, the society, and the Palestinian cause.

          Objectives

          • Strengthen the ecumenical spirit among young people.
          • Active participation in the dissemination of the Kairos document locally and internationally.
          • Strengthen the relationship with the regional and global Christian youth groups.
          • Strengthen the Palestinian Christian' national role, through commitment to the Christian teachings, Palestinian cause and identity.
          • Promote the principles of equality, democracy, citizenship, and the rule of law.
          • Support the Palestinian Christians steadfastness, and fight migration.
          • Cooperation and coordination with the spiritual and secular Palestinian Christian leadership with regard to strengthening the Christian role.
          • Activation of the Palestinian Christian youth participation in regional and international gatherings and advocacy programs that aims at the realization of peace with justice in the region.
          • Strengthen the youth leadership skills.

          Main Activities

          • Sessions and meetings introducing and promoting ecumenism within the Palestinian Christian youth organizations/groups.
          • Awareness-raising activities for the dissemination of the Kairos document.
          • Participate in regional and global seminars and conferences on human rights principles, ecumenical work and advocacy.
          • Organization of training courses in the principles of democracy and citizenship.
          • Youth leadership' skills courses and sessions.
          • Exchange visits with various Palestinian youth groups.
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    • Youth exchange
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      • Young Peace Performers

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        Young Peace Performers (YPP) is a FK funded exchange program initiated by YGlobal (YMCA/YWCA Norway) partnering with various YMCAs and YWCAs, including the Joint Advocacy Initiative. Each year 20 youth between 18 and 25 from 7 countries come together for 8 month, travel to various countries, to fight and advocate for justice and peace through shows and workshops.

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      • Students Exchange Programs

        Students exchange programs were established with a number of schools and students' groups. Through such exchange the JAI works with Palestinian schools and students, train and empower them to communicate Palestine from a teenagers' perspective, who then travel to respective international schools and receive internatiobal schools' global classes in Palestine and at their schools, with the facilitation and organization of the JAI.

        Fours students' exchange programs already running with the YMCA-YWCA Rønningen Folkehøgskole in Norway; Nørre Nissum Efterskole, Dronninglund Efterskole and Midtsjællands Efterskole through DanChurch Aid in Denmark.

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      • Participation in International Youth Gatherings

        The JAI coordinates and facilitates the participation of JAI, YMCA, YWCA youth in international youth events and gatherings worldwide, to communicate Palestine and life under occupation from youth perspective, promote and encourage people to take actions and join the JAI advocacy work and campaigns. 

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  • Advocacy Visits & Trips
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    • Advocacy Programs in Palestine
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      • Journey for Justice

        About the Journey for Justice (JFJ):

        JFJ2013 t5Journey for Justice brings together youth leaders from all over the world to experience and share the life under occupation with Palestinian youth. For nine days, they join Palestinian youth and travel around occupied Palestine to witness the effects of Israeli occupation, and accompany Palestinian youth in their daily life.

        Journey includes:

        • Stories / experiences / dreams and daily life sharing.
        • Visiting their universities and realize Palestinian students' difficulties.
        • Witnessing several EJ YMCA and YWCA of Palestine programs in action.
        • Meetings and discussions with Palestinians and Israelis: Political and religious leaders, Israeli right-based groups, grass root Palestinians including farmers, refugees, students...etc.
        • Presentations and discussions with specialists on issues of: children, refugees, academics, international work...etc.
        • Visiting various religious and historic sites including old cities of Hebron, Bethlehem, Nablus, Jerusalem, including the Church of Nativity, Holy Sepulcher, Al-Aqsa Mosque...etc.
        • Advocacy activities and workshop, building coalitions of committed youth leaders and set advocacy plans together.

        Videos:

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        Participation

        • Participants ages should be between 17 and 25 (up to 30 could be allowed for special cases).
        • No limited number of participants from certain movement.
        • Be able to cover their international travel costs and participation fees.
        • Manage their own in-advance tourist VISA to Israel (required for certain nationalities), without JAI intervention.
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      • YMCA-YWCA Witness Visit

        A program in Palestine and Israel organized by the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine, where they invite international YMCA and YWCA national and local General Secretaries, board members, executive directors and senior staff to take part.

        The purpose of the Witness Visit is for participants to learn about the Palestinians' situation, meet with representatives of government, churches and civil society organizations and find ways in which the YMCA and YWCA movements can act for a just peace.

        Further objective is to get to know the work of the YWCA of Palestine and East Jerusalem YMCA and discuss possible partnering projects.

        A goal of the visit is also to live and experience the social life and culture of the Holy Land

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    • Advocacy Visits with JAI

      The JAI receives several visiting international groups and partners' delegations annually, who gets briefed about the Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI), its advocacy work and Campaigns, including the BDS and Kairos Palestine with their impact on the international level and ways and examples of involvement.

      Guided tours in the Bethlehem or Hebron areas are organized for such groups / delegates, upon requests, to make them witness land confiscation process by the Israeli government, the apartheid wall, settlements construction and expansion, as well a JAI Olive Tree Campaign planted fields, and meeting and listening to the stories of some Campaign farmers and their families in their threatened fields.

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    • Participation in International Events

      JAI staff participate in international gatherings and events, including the Would Social Forum, the Would Council of Churches General Assembly, the World Alliance of YMCAs council meetings, the World YWCA council meetings, and so on, to communicate Palestine, present the JAI work and campaigns, and encourage participants and organizations to take positions and actions towards ending occupation.

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    • Advocacy Trips

      The JAI arranges for advocacy trips, with and through certain international partner organizations / movements in their respective countries, to tour around the country and communicate Palestine and JAI work and Campaigns with various Church / YMCA / YWCA / students groups, as well as leaders and decision makers.

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  • Publications & Information
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  • About JAI

    On an international level, the JAI seeks to raise awareness, by providing accurate information and updates, then involves people in prompting practical actions & activities through their running or strong involvement in campaigns and initiatives. On the local level, the JAI trains youth in advocacy mechanisms, and is involved in coalitions, networks and popular activates with other local organizations to unify the Palestinian message.

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  • Get Involved
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  • Networks
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    • Local networks
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      • Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI)

        A coalition of civil society institutions of the Democratic Progressive identity in Palestine and the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, working on the effective contribution in the promotion and development advocacy, with the aim of ending the occupation and building a of progressive social democratic movement that can play an effective role in building a society where the values of equality, democracy and social justice.

        Mission Statement

        To enable, lobby, and organize the main social actors, unions, womens movements, student movements and Palestinian political groups, towards strengthening their role in the greater Palestinian social movement towards just political, social and economic conditions.

        Vision

        OPGAI vision is to have a plenary democratic social movement with the core values of justice, freedom, and equality among all; women and men, Jews and Arabs and all people in historic Palestine. OPGAI works diligently and cooperatively to effectively identify and address the root causes of conflict, as well as work to achieve self-determination of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories, Israel and the Diaspora. As a prerequisite for achieving this vision OPGAI seeks to guarantee that the treatment of Palestinians is in accordance and compliance with international law and the inalienable rights granted to all human beings.

        Mission

        To work with individuals and groups of civil society both domestically and internationally, as well as strengthen the structure and role of existing active social movements in order to achieve a unified vision. The Defense Initiative on Occupied Palestine and Golan is working with currently active Palestinian organizations and their public constituencies that will enable the development of a new structure. This new structure will unify a popular and effective Palestinian social movement capable of playing an influential and central role in the process of tangible change. In order to achieve unity there must be justice, access to rights and services, and freedom on which peace and development in the region can be drafted. In addition, the Defense Initiative's programs are aimed at raising awareness of the root causes of conflict. Together OPGAI will work towards building an international force capable of influencing international standards and enforcing the application of the principles of human rights and dignity.

        Member organizations

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      • National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP)

        A coalition of Christian and Church-Related organization in Palestine (West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip), working to unify the Palestinian Christian voice and message and advocating for justice in the Palestinian cause.

        The NCCOP cooperate with the Palestinian Christian Initiative and the World Council of Churches to organize joint activities in Palestine and internationally and send joint statements and calls to the internationally Churches and Christian communities.

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    • International Networks
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      • World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) - ME

        WSCF ME LogoTHE WORLD STUDENT CHRISTIAN FEDERATION (WSCF) is a place of meeting and dialogue for young Christians from all different backgrounds, churches and denominations.

        In the Middle East, WSCF has been active since the 1960s. Despite the conflict and turmoil of the last decades, WSCF-ME has continued to thrive and grow in its ministry to students in the Arab world, and have spoken out for unity, peace and justice. WSCF-ME assert its identity as Arab Christians.

        The JAI worked on creating a WSCF youth group, while we work in coordinating their work and local activities, regional and international participations, and promoting the group for further Palestinian participants. The JAI trains and works with the group on advocating for their Palestinian cause from a Christian perspective and addressing regional and international students.

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      • World Council of Churches (WCC)

        WCC LogoThe World Council of Churches (WCC), member Churches and their constituences and members, with the council' sub-groups and programs, are one of the Joint Advocacy Initiative primary partners and target groups.


        The council calls for and organizes several programs and initiatives, each year, and releases calls and and statements for the Palestinian cause.

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