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An olive tree in Jerusalem, symbolizing the hope for peace in the Middle East. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
20 May
LWF joins inter-agency call against annexation of Palestinian territory
Palestine, Israel, Jerusalem, West Bank, Human Rights, Advocacy
20 May
The LWF joins a call by the Association of International Development Agencies on the Government of Israel to forgo plans to further annex areas of the occupied Palestinian territory, includi­­ng much...
Ceiling of the UN Human Rights Council, by Spanish painter Miquel Barceló. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
31 Mar
HRC: LWF advocates for the rights of the most vulnerable
Advocacy, Human Rights, land rights, Palestine, Angola, Climate Justice, UPR, UNHRC
31 Mar
At the 43rd session of the UNHRC, the LWF organized a side event on access to health and delivered oral statements on climate change and human rights, two issues which LWF has identified as being of...
Churches and agencies are calling on the U.S. government “to extend compassion and help to those who are in need” at this time of global pandemic. Photo: LWF/ Shaban Mortaja (Juzoor Gaza)
27 Mar
COVID-19: Churches in U.S. call for end to Middle East sanctions
Gaza, Syria, Palestine, United States, United Nations, COVID19, coronavirus, Ecumenical, Advocacy, MC/COVID19
27 Mar
In light of the growing crisis because of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, an ecumenical coalition of U.S. based Christian churches and agencies working in the Middle East has written to...
The hospital has set up a special isolation ward and is carefully screening patients and staff before admitting them to the hospital . Photo: LWF/ S. Weinbrenner
25 Mar
COVID-19: Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem makes room for emergency
AVH, Augusta Victoria Hospital, Jerusalem, Palestine, emergency, COVID19, coronavirus, WS / COVID19
25 Mar
Like hospitals around the world, the Lutheran World Federation LWF Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem has been preparing for the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The hospital...
Bishop Ibrahim Azar of ELCJHL and LWF Country representative Sieglinde Weinbrenner shake hands after signing the MOU. Photo: LWF Jerusalem
3 Mar
LWF Jerusalem centralizes its vocational training in Ramallah
Livelihoods, Jerusalem, AVH, Palestinian Territories, Palestine, vocational training, Youth, Gender, Education
3 Mar
The new LWF vocational training center in Ramallah, Palestine, is about to take shape: On Sunday, 1 March Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and...
A child receiving dialysis at Augusta Victoria Hospital, East Jerusalem. The presence of a parent for treatment is one of the key demands of the LWF. Photo: Atta Jabr
27 Feb
LWF and partners advocate for Palestinian children’s access to health care
AVH, Palestine, Children, health, security, occupation, Human Rights, child rights, human rights council
27 Feb
Insufficient health care, limited access to specialized treatment, security checks delaying treatment or hindering the accompaniment of a parent: Palestinian children face many challenges to access...
The old city of Jerusalem. The US “Peace to prosperity” plan’s suggestion about the future situation of the capitals for Israel and Palestine is but one of the contested measures proposed. Photo: LWF/ A. Danielsson
5 Feb
LWF joins coalition to reject US “Peace to Prosperity” plan
Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, United States, Peace, peace building, Middle East
5 Feb
LWF has signed on to a statement with a coalition of other non-government organizations, advocating against the “Peace to prosperity” plan for the Middle East which was announced by the US...
Olive tree in the Mount of Olives, East Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/M.Renaux
29 Jan
Grave concern over US “Peace to Prosperity” plan
Advocacy, Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, United States, AVH, Middle East, Statement, Public Space
29 Jan
The LWF has expressed grave concern over the “Peace to Prosperity ” plan for Israel and Palestine presented by the US administration this week.
The Ma’ale Adumim settlement in the West Bank. Photo: Yiftachsam, via Wikimedia Commons.
20 Nov
International law and multilateral mechanisms must be respected and strengthened
Statement, Palestine, Israel, Palestinian Territories, United States
20 Nov
The LWF has expressed serious concerns about the unilateral declaration of the United States government that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se,...
Augusta Victoria Hospital aerial view. Photo: LWF/M.Renaux
14 Nov
Agreement reached concerning AVH cash-flow crisis
Augusta Victoria Hospital, Diakonia, Jerusalem, Palestine, Advocacy, AVH, Middle East
14 Nov
Encouraging news for patients at AVH in East Jerusalem: After the recent cash flow crisis, an agreement was reached with the Palestinian Authority, guaranteeing regular monthly payments of NIS 18...
Augusta Victoria Hospital aerial view. Photo: LWF/M.Renaux
29 Oct
Augusta Victoria Hospital board calls for immediate solution to critical financial situation
Augusta Victoria Hospital, Diakonia, Jerusalem, Palestine, Statement, Public Statement
29 Oct
The board of the Augusta Victoria Hospital has expressed, in a public statement issued today, its extreme concern over the crisis situation that has arisen due to the non-payment of patient fees.
LWF Council members follow discussion on the protection of biodiversity.  The report was presented by the Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice chairperson, Ms Vera Tkach, Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Russia and Other States. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Jun
Call to act on climate-related crises, religious and political injustice
Council 2019, council, resolution, Advocacy, Violence, LWF President, Climate Changel, security, Migration, Refugees, Palestine, United States, Member Churches, Youth
19 Jun
The LWF Council concluded its 2019 meeting with public statements and resolutions on crises related to climate change, the Israeli-Palestinian situation, the legacy of slavery and religious...
Ms Sally Azar, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Jan
Witnessing through dialogue, education and women’s empowerment in the Holy Land
Voices from the Communion, Youth, Youth Participation, Gender Justice, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, Palestine, council, LWF Council, Council 2018, Climate, Women, Gender
11 Jan
LWF Council member Ms Sally Azar, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, explains how much she values the education provided to Christians and Muslims by her church and...
Participants in the LWF Peace Messenger Training tour the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Friday September 22, 2017 while visiting holy sites in the Old City. Photo: ELCJHL/Ben Gray
7 Aug
Lutherans concerned about Jewish nation-state law
Israel, Palestine, Palestinian Territories, member church, Jerusalem, Peace-building, AVH, East Jerusalem
7 Aug
ELCJHL Bishop Azar: law excludes other religious groups ...
The LWF Council approves seven messages, resolutions and public statements on pressing issues. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Jul
Populism, violence, family separation under spotlight
Council 2018, council, resolution, Advocacy, Violence, LWF President, Climate Changel, security, Migration, Refugees, Palestine, United States, Member Churches, Youth
12 Jul
The LWF Council approves seven messages, resolutions and public statements on pressing issues.
Bishop Azar at his consecration in Bethlehem. Photo: ELCJHL/ Ben Gray
16 Feb
Proud to be Lutherans in the Middle East
Holy Land, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, Middle East, AVH, church, LWF member churches, Bishop, Jerusalem, Palestine, Palestinian homes, Jordan
16 Feb
Bishop Ibrahim Azar has been installed as the new bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land , following the departure of Bishop Munib A. Younan from the post.
Students watch as a teacher demonstrates a technique in the carpentry workshop. The summer camp encouraged girls and boys to also explore career choices beyond those stereotypically assigned to their gender. Photo: LWF Jerusalem
15 Sep
Sports and practical work experience
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Vocational Training Center, Education, sport, Palestine
15 Sep
LWF summer camp provides career orientation for youth in Beit Hanina, Palestine
The LWF is among ACT Alliance members condemning deaths, housing demolitions and destruction in Palestine and Israel, including Gaza. File photo: ACT Alliance/Paul Jeffrey
16 Oct
“Violence cannot solve the conflict”
ACT Alliance, Palestine
16 Oct
ACT Palestine Forum statement calls for protection of civilians and access to Holy Sites
People pick through rubble at the site of a demolition in Wadi Sneysel, in the West Bank near East Jerusalem.
21 Aug
Surge in Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes condemned by 31 international organizations
Demolition, Israeli demolitions, Palestine, Palestinian homes, Rev. Mark Brown
21 Aug
LWF rejects the use of threat or violence