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April 30, 2014

Emmaus Group Responds to Intimidation

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The Emmaus Group has issued a response to the controversy that began when one of its co-founders, Christy Anastas, spoke in Uppsala earlier this month.

It reads as follows:

Released Thursday 30th April 2014

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good
men to do nothing.�? - Edmund Burke

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.

“blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My name’s sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in Heaven……….�?

Matthew 5: 11-12

Posted by dvz at April 30, 2014 11:27 AM


Dear Christy,
Your courage for speaking up in the face of the anti-Israel and pro-Muslim campaign is amazing. I stand behind you.

Posted by: yumi schleifer at May 1, 2014 11:34 AM

Congratulations. Would be nice if Swedish press becomes objective about Israel\Palestinian and Christian/Muslim/Jewish conflict.

Posted by: jack c at May 1, 2014 02:25 PM

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