A MESSAGE BY CHRISTY ANASTAS – EMMAUS GROUP

A MESSAGE BY CHRISTY ANASTAS – EMMAUS GROUP

A message to the Palestinian People in this time of renewed conflict. By Christy Anastas: Palestinian Christian, Co-Founder of the Emmaus Group As a Palestinian who has lived through war, lost family and friends, and witnessed the futility of conflict, I feel great empathy for Palestinians and Israelis in this time. I understand well the fear that people are living with, hiding in shelters not knowing where the next rocket might land, wondering whether you might be killed at any moment. What saddens me is that again, the suffering of millions of Israelis is not being highlighted, as if they are not human beings. In the last week alone, over 750 rockets have rained on them yet the world, and my people, are not regarding this as a crime against humanity simply because no Israelis have been killed. Under the Geneva Convention, firing missiles indiscriminately at civilian targets is a crime against humanity. They have not considered how Israel cares for her citizens by building a network of bomb shelters, reinforcing buildings and public structures and providing early warning systems for her people. In contrast, the leaders of Gaza, given so much aid by the West, appear to have spent much of it on building and preparing for war, rather than helping or protecting the people. Sadly, militants hide like cowards behind civilians, using public/civilian buildings as cover for launching rockets in order to draw Israeli fire. Women and children are called to be jihadists on rooftops and pay with their lives, defying the IDF’s warnings to evacuate. It breaks my heart to see the one called the enemy,...
BETHLEHEM PROFESSOR SPEAKS OUT

BETHLEHEM PROFESSOR SPEAKS OUT

Translated article by Bethlehem University professor Published on Radio Bethlehem Website – 21/2/14. Palestinian youth, especially university graduates, have reached a high level of desperation and severe frustration. In my job as a lecturer at Bethlehem University I meet and mingle with many of the graduates, and this enables me to observe their desperation and frustration. Some of them have been in tears because of their horrible situation and their inability to find careers or even get a scholarship to complete their higher education. They all agree that nepotism and favoritism known as “Vitamin F” (aka connections) are prevalent in our Palestinian society. I was prompted to write this article in order to express the high levels of desperation, which our Palestinian youth are facing; it has pushed them to the point of saying “Hey professor even the groom needs connections.” (we need connections/favours to help us get jobs.) Is this the really the state we have got to in our community? For how long will we disregard the potential and destroy the ambitions of university graduates who are supposed to have a key role in building the society? With appreciation for all classes and different levels in our society, we can all compliment each other as a connected circle. But what worries me, and it is the concern of many others as well, is that this situation encourages the qualified, the intellectual, and people with experience to leave our country and invest in other countries; countries which we long to emulate, even if only a fraction of their capabilities and development in all areas of life. How long...