This is an alphabetical list of links to organisations which have been recommended by members and trustees – and many of them have been visited on our pilgrimages. Each entry includes the main website and facebook pages, supplemented by other sources, and a brief statement of its purpose.
An asterisk* indicates that we consider this to be particularly useful key source of information within the remit of Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust.
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abcd (Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability)
ABCD is dedicated to improving the quality of life of those children and young adults who suffer from physical, mental and psychological disabilities in Palestine/The Occupied Territories and the Gaza Strip, working through Palestinian partners (the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR) based in Beit Jala, The Sheepfold in Beit Sahour and two UNWRA Refugee Camps in Jalazone and Nour Shams).
ACT Palestine Forum, including Prayer Vigil *
Our objective is to increase the effectiveness and impact of the humanitarian assistance and development work being undertaken by members through improved coordination. One of the projects of the APF is to conduct joint advocacy on behalf of the members of the forum. ACT publicises a Vigil for 24th or each month.
Addameer (Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association)
ADDAMEER (Arabic for conscience) Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association is a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution that works to support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. Established in 1992 by a group of activists interested in human rights, the center offers free legal aid to political prisoners, advocates their rights at the national and international level, and works to end torture and other violations of prisoners’ rights through monitoring, legal procedures and solidarity campaigns.
Comprehensive bibliography and background legal information to aid understanding of advocacy issues.
Aid to the Church in Need
Aid to the Church in Need is at work in more than 140 countries, helping Christians who are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need, and currently is prioritising pastoral help and emergency aid for displaced and refugee families in the Middle East, as their needs are growing daily.
Amira Basma Centre, Jerusalem (The Princess Basma Centre for Children with Disabilities)
To treat, rehabilitate and educate children with special needs. Of particular note: The centre has been a pioneer in establishing the model of inclusive education.
Amos Trust *
A small, creative human rights organisation, committed to challenging injustice, building hope and creating positive change. Working with local and international peace activists, and partnering with grass-roots projects, to call for a just peace, reconciliation and full equal rights for all Palestinians and Israelis.
Anglican Church in the Holy land
Bethlehem Bible College
BBC aims to offer high-quality theological education and train Christian leaders for service in the local church and the local community. It aims to strengthen and revive the Christian church and support the local Christians in the Holy land, in order to combat this growing Christian exodus.
Bethlehem Icon School
Dedicated to the restoration of Christian iconography as a living art among the peoples of the Holy Land and beyond. It is our way to help the local Christians stay in the Middle East, and to help visitors to have a deeper spiritual experience of Christ and His Church when they come here on pilgrimage.
students facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bethlehem-University/108400412513458
Our vision emerges from our unique and critical mission as an oasis of peace and a beacon of hope, which provides quality higher education to prepare our students to create the future of Palestine.
Bethlehem visitor virtual gateway
Run by a group of indigenous Christians from different denominations in the Holy Land, Obethlehem is the virtual gateway to religious, historic and modern-day Bethlehem, with a mission to promote tourism, support local artisans, and create jobs for youth.
Britain Palestine Friendship and Twinning Network
Through the twinning network we can share our experiences and provide resources and assistance to groups who wish to or have built friendship links with Palestinian communities.
Caabu (Council for Advancing Arab-British Understanding)
Caabu’s mission is to work for a British Middle East policy that promotes conflict resolution, human rights and civil society in the Arab world through informed debate and mutual understanding. Caabu is one of the most active NGOs working on the Middle East in the British parliament, and takes delegations of parliamentary representatives to the Middle east to encounter the situation.
Caritas Jerusalem is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 165 Caritas organizations operating in more than 200 countries. It was founded in 1967 in the aftermath of the Six Day War. Caritas Jerusalem beneficiaries number over 30,000 individuals from all religious backgrounds in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Christ Church Nazareth
http://www.j-diocese.org/index.php?page=129666024424&sub=129698377544; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christ-Church-Nazareth/138045402890548 ; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_Church,_Nazareth; http://www.academia.edu/1992026/Christ_Church_Anglican_in_Nazareth_a_brief_history_with_photographs;
Christ Church Nazareth was the second Anglican church to be built in the Holy Land, but remained unfinished for 143 years – it’s spire was finally erected in 2014. It serves about 40 families, and the membership is almost entirely Arab.
Christian Aid and its partners are working to bring an end to poverty around the world – tackling its root causes as well as its effects.
Christian Information Centre *
The aim of the C.I.C. is to provide information on Christianity and on the Holy Land – including shrines and holy places, the numerous churches in the region, liturgies, aspects of religious and cultural life, other activities, etc.
Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme – EAPPIs
A vision of justice and peace in Palestine and Israel brings teams of internationals as human rights monitors to witness life under occupation for spells of three months, and go home to promote change.
An independent online news publication and educational resource focusing on Palestine, its people, politics, culture and place in the world. EI has won awards and earned widespread recognition for publishing original, high-quality news and analysis, and first-person accounts and reviews. The Electronic Intifada’s writers and reporters include Palestinians and others living inside Palestine and everywhere else that news about Palestine and Palestinians is made.
Embrace the Middle East (formerly BibleLands)
Supports transformational projects in the Middle East which help vulnerable and maginalised people to achieve their potential, working through the historic Christian communities of the region, who for two thousand years have been ‘salt and light’ to the people they serve.
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions – ICAHD
An Israeli peace and human rights organization dedicated to ending the occupation of the Palestinian territories and achieving a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Kairos / Kairos Britain *
Kairos Britain is a network of Christian organisations, individuals and faith communities formed in response to the Kairos Palestine document, ‘A moment of truth’.
The network continues the work of the Christians who issued the Iona call in 2012, and the subsequent writing of our key publication ‘Time for Action’ [LINK: http://www.kairosbritain.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Time-for-Action.pdf]. We seek a just and lasting peace in the region based on the realisation of full human and political rights for all. It is part of an international network and has useful resources for prayer and discussion, including films and documents.
The Latin Patriarchate covers all Latin Rite churches in Israel, Palestine and Jordan and all their institutions.
Lutheran World Federation
http://lwfjerusalem.org/; https://www.facebook.com/LWFJerusalem/; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augusta_Victoria_Hospital
Rooted in Christian values of love, reconciliation and justice, the LWF Jerusalem Program has been running projects related to health, education, and humanitarian aid in the occupied Palestinian territories for over 65 years.
Mar Elias Schools, Ibillin
The Mar Elias Schools developed from the vision of Melkite parish priest in Ibillin (and latterly Archbishop) Fr Elias Chacour (author of Blood Brothers). These organisations support the Mar Elias Educational Institutions and other mission projects that cultivate a just peace in Israel-Palestine through financial resources, education, and peace building projects.
Methodist Liaison Office
Works closely with WCC (World Council of Churches) Jerusalem Inter-church Centre and other ecumenical partners in promoting study and action stemming from Kairos Palestine document.
Middle East Council of Churches
http://mecc.org/content/introduction-mecc; http://mecc.org/content/member-churches; https://www.facebook.com/MiddleEastCouncilofChurches/?fref=ts ; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East_Council_of_Churches
A fellowship of churches relating itself to mainstream modern ecumenism that also gave birth to the World Council of Churches in Geneva and to other regional ecumenical councils worldwide.
Musalaha / Friends of Musalaha UK
Musalaha is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians as demonstrated in the life and teaching of Jesus. Musalaha has published a ‘Curriculum of Reconciliation’ which is being used by churches and organisations around the world.
To help pilgrims see the Nazareth Jesus knew and hear Jesus’ words, especially the parables, with first-century ears.
Open Bethlehem’s vision is to see the city as a thriving Palestinian centre with a prosperous spiritual, cultural and commercial life that is a source of pride to Palestinian culture and aspirations. It seeks to advocate and proactively promote support for a free and flourishing Bethlehem city within a vibrant and sovereign Palestine, through the use of digital multimedia strategies. A recent initiative has been the Ambassadors and Bethehem Passport.
Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum
An international, inter-church advocacy initiative for peace in Israel and Palestine which aims to catalyse and co-ordinate new and existing church advocacy for peace, aiming at ending the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories in accordance with UN resolutions, and demonstrating its commitment to inter-religious action for peace and to justice that serves all peoples of the region.
Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is a community of people working together for peace, equality, and justice and against racism, occupation, and colonisation, and united in the belief that Israel’s flouting of international law, continued military occupation of Palestine, and systematic discrimination against Palestinians is unacceptable.
A Roman Catholic peace movement with 120 member organisations worldwide that promotes peace, respect of human rights, justice and reconciliation throughout the world. Grounded in the belief that peace is possible and that vicious cycles of violence and injustice can be broken, Pax Christi International addresses the root causes and destructive consequences of violent conflict and war.
Friends International Peace Centre and Friends Meeting and Friends Schools, Ramallah
The Ramallah Friends (Quakers) Meeting has played a vital role in the community since the late 19th century, and the Meeting House was built in 1910. The international centre seeks to ‘lift up and nurture a Quaker presence in Ramallah; find ways to enrich and support the local community; and hold up and further peace and justice issues in the community’.
The Friends School education seeks to promote a constant search for God to all human situations, and to cultivate ethical, moral and spiritual values. The schools follow the International Baccalaureate.
Sabeel / Friends of Sabeel UK *
Our faith teaches that following in the footsteps of Christ means standing for the oppressed, working for justice, and seeking peace-building opportunities, and it challenges us to empower local Christians. Since a strong civil society and a healthy community are the best supports for a vulnerable population, Sabeel strives to empower the Palestinian community as a whole and to develop the internal strengths needed for participation in building a better world for all
A charitable institution founded nearly 100 years ago by an American, Bertha Spafford Vester, and still supported today by her descendants. Based on humanitarian values, the Centre gives help to those in need regardless of race, religion or cultural background.
Sunbula is a Jerusalem based non-for-profit fair trade organization, with two outlets in Jerusalem, committed to promoting social justice and economic empowerment for the marginalized in Palestine. Sunbula supports local artisans and traditional handicrafts, with deep respect for local heritage, providing income, preserving traditional skills and culture, and helping to sustain producer groups in order that they are able to provide for their communities.
Tantur Ecumenical Institute
Located on the seam between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Tantur is uniquely located as an oasis of learning, prayer and hospitality amidst the immense geo-political complexity of this part of the world. The Institute has welcomed over 5000 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Roman Catholic participants to its programs.
Tent of Nations
The land, now an organic farm, was purchased in 1916 and is located in the hills southwest of Bethlehem, Palestine. The Nassar family has all the original land registration papers and has cultivated the land throughout the Ottoman, British, Jordanian, and Israeli governance, but nevertheless has a continual battle to prevent the Israeli government and settlers taking the land and destroying their orchards etc. Tent of Nations runs educational projects where people from many different countries come together to learn, to share, and to build bridges.
UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East)
UNRWA is unique in terms of its long-standing commitment to one group of refugees. Services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance, including in times of armed conflict to 5 million registered refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
Wi’am aims to improve the quality of relationships and promote peace and reconciliation in the community. It strives alongside other forces present in the community to build a society based on democratic norms and values.
YMCA East Jerusalem
The YMCA is a Christian association whose mission is to build and empower individuals and communities by offering programmes that develop a healthy spirit, mind, and body based on Christian principals and centered on core values of caring, honesty, respect, dignity, justice and responsibility. Active in East Jerusalem, Beit Sahour, Jericho and Ramallah.
The YWCA of Palestine supports and aspires to create women’s leadership, especially among young women and girls, to realize their full rights and capabilities, and to promote and advance their full participation in decision-making on equal footing with men and in all aspects of their lives as they contribute to building a democratic and free civil society.
Hebrew language site: http://mekomit.co.il/
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