Gerry O’Sullivan volunteered as an Ecumenical Accompanier in Hebron in the West Bank for 3 months from 2nd January 2010. The EAPPI is an ecumenical initiative whose mission is to accompany Palestinians and Israelis in their non-violent actions and concerted advocacy efforts to end the occupation. Participants of the programme monitor and report violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, support acts of non-violent resistance alongside local Christian and Muslim Palestinians and Israeli peace activists, offer protection through non-violent presence and engage in public policy advocacy.
On her return to Ireland Gerry presented as a witness to the Joint Oireachtas (Government) Committee on European Affairs on the 27th July 2010 regarding the arrests and torture of Palestinian children.
Webcast Recording of the Joint Oireachtas (Government) Committee on European Affairs Debate (27th July 2010)
Gerry returned to volunteer with the Christian Peacemakers Team in Hebron for two months in December 2010 and she continued her advocacy focus on the arrests, abuses and imprisonment of Palestinian children aged from 9 to 15. She directed, filmed and produced a film on this subject, “Stolen Children, Stolen Lives”. It outlines the impact on the children who were abused and the impact on Israeli soldiers.
Stolen Children, Stolen Lives is edited by Cara Holmes.
Gerry continues to work with the Christian Peacemakers Team in Palestine in a support and consultancy role and as a facilitator for the development of the team’s annual strategic plan.