Palestinian Christian speaks of threats to her family

Christy is a Christian Palestinian who is speaking out internationally on the threats being made against her family in Bethlehem.
first published  30/04/14
Christy, a Palestinian Christian
Now living in Britain, Christy,  has been – at serious risk to herself and her family in Bethlehem – exposing the unreported actions of fellow Palestinians against their own people.

In spite of attempts to silence her by threats, discrimination and intimidation aimed at both herself and her family, she has very recently spoken out at a Swedish university in the city of Uppsala.

Since that time the Emmaus Group with which she works has been subject to "a considerable onslaught of accusations and criticism". Countering accusations that Christy was being exploited or coerced, a spokesperson for the group has affirmed:
"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".
In terms of those who may have been "angered our shocked by Christy's talk" the Emmaus statement continued:
"For too long, violations of Palestinian human rights have taken place internally, unexposed, masked by the popular belief that Israel is the major perpetrator.
What the Uppsala talk proves, evidenced by the virulent campaign to silence Christy 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."
The following video covers an encounter Christy had some time ago with the Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat who made public promises to her then.

In contrast to the negative responses to what Christy has been exposing, the Emmaus Group has also received strong support from others around the world; notably from Palestinians and other Arab national who cannot speak out because of fear of reprisals. Christy has said that for any Palestinian resident in the territories to expose the internal problems of discrimination and corruption would be extremely dangerous.
Emmaus croppedThe Emmaus Group was formed in in the Spring of 2012 and the first gathering took place in Bethlehem. While since faced with great challenges and many current threats the vision has held and the founders are trusting in God for what they believe He has given them to do.

Subsequent gatherings have taken place in British and European parliaments, churches, synagogues, universities and community groups in the UK and abroad.
The group's desire is to reconcile the church to her roots, protect those living in the Holy Land and defend truth in a world of lies and deception.  This involves both exposing corruption and injustice, by pointing to the truth and encouraging people to seek first the kingdom of heaven and God's righteousness. 

Christians Together, 14/07/2014

Editor 14/07/2014 15:11
Please pray for protection for this very brave young lady and her family.
Ed Pinkney (Guest) 23/07/2014 19:59
For the moment I will continue to accept Channel 4 News as being a reliable source of information regarding Israel's actions.
Captain Pugwash (Guest) 23/07/2014 22:41
Channel 4 is as reliable as the BBC (Biased Broadcasting Corporation).
There are many "alternative" online news channels that publish lies, but rest assured ALL (without exception) the mainstream channels are anti Christian/Israel/truth. Dark days indeed.

Jeff Dax (Guest) 25/07/2014 22:27
Has anyone got anything bad to say about Israel's government? It cannot be that hard to find something to say.
Meanwhile may the young lady find peace.
Jeff (Guest) 26/07/2014 13:08
Let me help.Israel needs to be even handed.The kill ratio is many hundreds to one,thus making a lie of Israeli claims that it is pure self defence. Their expansionist policies go way beyond what can be justified. Nasty I'd call it.
One final point:two wrongs do not make a right.
Captain Pugwash (Guest) 26/07/2014 16:18
Lets not forget Israel are fighting a people (Islamist/Hamas-which means violence) that care not if their own people (adults,children and babies) suffer or are killed in this latest conflict. How does one respond in this situation with equal measure? Whereas I strongly support Israel and her right to exist, that doesn't mean that I agree with everything they say and do, they are still a nation of unbelievers. It is so easy for Hamas-just stop attacking Israel, and all will be well-but they won't.
Anyway, Gaza belongs to Israel just as much as the land beyond Jordan-read your bibles.
John Miller 29/07/2014 21:02
Hamas has no interest in the well-being of the Palestinians. They blatantly conduct a terrorist offensive against Israel from the shelter of densely populated areas and the environs of schools, playgrounds, hospitals, etc. They encourage the population of Gaza to remain in these areas despite Israeli warnings to evacuate.

The Palestinian people live in fear of Hamas and do not dare to protest. They are brainwashed into the acceptance of the lie that Hamas is their protector although the exact opposite is the truth.

If rockets were raining down on British soil, what would be the response of the British government?

The stance presently taken by the C of S is clearly a deliberately unscriptural one. It directly challenges God's inerrant, eternally true word and is a deliberate challenge to Him. This increasingly secular denomination should beware! Its foolish posturing invites the displeasure of The Almighty as do the nations who favour the devotees of Islam over the nation of Israel.

"Captain Pugwash" is absolutely correct. Gaza is part of the land that God gave to Abraham ("Read your Bibles!") and while the liberal progressive elite may not agree, one day God will demonstrate the infallibility of His prophetic word.

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