Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Christy Anastas: The Emmaus Group Responds To Aspersions

The fact that a  recent gone-viral video of a speech at a seminar at Uppsala University in Sweden on Palestinian Human Rights by Christy Anastas, a young Christian woman from Bethlehem whose tell-it-like-it-really is disclosures counter the allegations against Israel made in this CBS documentary from 2012 (more about that here), has of course deeply riled the anti-Israel brigade, as exemplified by this Facebook post of anti-Israel author and crusader Ben White.

As part of the anti-Israel fightback aspersions have been cast on the Emmaus Group, which brought Christy to the West, and which aptly describes Christy in her speech as "a Palestinian Christian exposing the internal corruption, rising of radical islamic groups and the abuses of human rights in the Palestinian territory". 

(See Elder of Ziyon on the saga of controversy here)

Yesterday the Emmaus Group issued a statement:
'Over the last two weeks the founders of the Emmaus Group have been subject to a considerable onslaught of accusations and criticism following a speech made by Christy Anastas in Uppsala, Sweden. To all those who have been angered or shocked by Christy’s talk we understand your reactions. For too long, violations of Palestinian human rights have taken place internally, unexposed, masked by the popular belief that Israel is the major perpetrator.
We appreciate the concerns expressed for her safety and wellbeing in the UK. To satisfy these concerns, she attended a British police station yesterday to confirm that she was not being coerced or used by anyone, that she speaks freely of her own will, and that such claims were politically motivated.
What the Uppsala talk proves, evidenced by the virulent campaign to silence Christy using threats, discrimination and intimidation towards her family, is that there is no freedom of speech in the Palestinian Territories. Her siblings avoid attending education establishments for fear of humiliation. The family have been sworn at and disrespected by the community, and endure a constant stream of abusive phone calls. Crowds have gathered outside her house and tourist organisations in Bethlehem now boycott them. Such actions demonstrate a basic cultural lack of understanding of true freedom of speech.
However, we have also received great support from people around the world, notably from Palestinians and other Arabs nationals too, who cannot speak out for fear of reprisals,proven by the reaction to Christy’s talk. For any Palestinian resident in the territories to expose the internal problems, discrimination and corrupton, would be extremely dangerous.'

4 comments:

  1. Tremendous pressures combined with threats of violence directed against her family most likely is the cause of their denouncing her. She is a brave young woman but of course the rabid feminists here in America (Gloria Steinem, Erica Jong, Even Ensler, etc.) who like to promote boycotting Israel will not say a word.

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    1. The hypocrisy of most lefty feminists is breath-taking.

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  2. Thanks for posting, Daphne. Did the loon who placed the missing person's report really think that Christy would be any less clear about her reasons for claiming refugee status in Britain -- to have freedom of speech and movement, and live free of fear of death -- if questioned by the British police?

    A pity of the complainant can't be outed for public mischief.

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    1. He has been outed . Gary Spedding !

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