22 - 28 September - 2013

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

The World Council of Churches (WCC) invites its member churches, faith-based organizations and civil society to observe the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel from 22 to 28 September, invoking prayers, action and advocacy for justice and peace in Palestine.

Initiated by the WCC’s Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF), the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel is a call to end the Israeli illegal occupation of Palestinian land, urging justice and peace for all people.

Theme for this year’s week of prayer is “Jerusalem, the city of justice and peace”.

The theme corresponds to the vision of the Kairos Document issued by Palestinian Christian leaders in 2009. The document states that Jerusalem is a city “inhabited by two peoples of three religions, and it is on this prophetic vision and on the international resolutions concerning the totality of Jerusalem that any political solution must be based”.

Individuals and congregations observing the World Week for Peace 2013 will organize special activities calling people of faith to pray with churches living under occupation, using a special prayer from Jerusalem and other resources prepared for the week.

The week also invites actions that spread education about the ground realities in the region, especially those related to the city of Jerusalem. Advocacy initiatives emphasizing ecumenical policies in promoting justice and peace with political leaders are particularly encouraged.

As part of the most recent World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel in 2012, churches in at least 25 countries around the world sent a clear signal to policy-makers, community groups and their own parishes about the urgent need for a peace settlement that ends the illegal occupation and secures the legitimate rights and future of both peoples in Palestine and Israel.

“The World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel asserts the conviction that peace between Palestinians and Israel is a pressing imperative,” said John Calhoun, convenor of the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel.

“The week will bring together voices urging world leaders to call upon Israel to abide by the United Nations Security Council resolutions and end its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory. We recall how in November 2012, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state. This decision has added impetus to our preparations for the week,” he added.

More information on World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel can be found at

To participate in WWPPI activities, email Michel Nseir: Michel.Nseir(at) and Ranjan Solomon: Ranjan.Solomon(at)

Program in Norway (click for larger version):

For more information on the Norwegian program, visit:

26 September - 2013

Village Under the Forest - Film Showing

In cooperation with the Babel Film Club, and as part of the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, "The Village Under the Forest" will be shown on Thursday, September 26th.

Unfolding as a personal meditation from the Jewish Diaspora, The Village Under The Forest explores the hidden remains of the destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya, which lies under a purposefully cultivated forest plantation called South Africa Forest.

Directed by Emmy-winner Mark J Kaplan, The Village Under The Forest is written and narrated by scholar and author Heidi Grunebaum.  Audience Award: Best South African Film at Encounters Documentary Festival 2013

When:  Thursday, 26 September 2013 - 18:00

Where:  Arne Næss' Auditorium (Georg Morgenstiernes Hus), University of Oslo -  Blindernveien 31, inng. fra Moltke Moes vei

For more info, visit or

Click below to read more about the film and its development.

Voices from the South
Ms. Heidi Grunebaum
August 2013 ( - 431 KB)

12 September - 2013

UN Day for South-South Cooperation
On 22 December 2011, the General Assembly, in its decision 66/550, decided that, beginning in 2012, the observance of the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation would be changed from 19 December to 12 September,to mark the day in 1978 when the United Nations Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries adopted the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries.

The Assembly also urged all relevant United Nations organizations and multilateral institutions to intensify their efforts to effectively mainstream the use of South-South cooperation in the design, formulation and implementation of their regular programmes and to consider increasing allocations of human, technical and financial resources for supporting South-South cooperation initiatives.

12 September - 2013

The Village Under the Forest - Norway Premiere

Norway Premiere of the film "THE VILLAGE UNDER THE FOREST" by Mark Kaplan and Heidi Grunebaum, South Africa.

When:  Thursday, 12 September 2013 - 19:00
Where:  Litteraturhuset,  "Kjelleren" - Wergelandsveien 29  0167 Oslo

Tickets available via, beginning 1 September 2013 - 10:00

(limited number of tickets available)

For more info, visit

Click below to read more about the film and its development.

Voices from the South
Ms. Heidi Grunebaum
August 2013 ( - 431 KB)

22 August - 2013

Karibu Board Meeting
The Karibu Foundation's Board meets in Oslo on 22 August, 2013.

Cases to be processed before the meeting must be received by no later than 07 August, 2013.

For more information, contact director Eilert Rostrup at post(a)

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