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A Must-See Video: A Courageous Palestinian Christian Confronts 60 Minutes

Christy Anastas has received political asylum in the UK and receives death threats.

Roger L Simon


April 27, 2014 - 12:30 pm

The second annual Walter Duranty Prize for mendacious journalism will be awarded May 5 and,  just in time for this year’s prizes, an email alert from the estimable CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting) validates how the Duranty committee’s first runner up for last year was indeed well chosen.  

That runner up was Bob Simon for his 2012 report on 60 Minutes — “Christians of the Holy Land” — that blamed Israel for the plight of the dwindling Palestinian Christian community in Bethlehem.

Now one of those Palestinian Christians whose family actually appeared in the 60 Minutes segment — a young woman named Christy Anastas currently living in the UK where she was granted political asylum in only three days — has made a video of her own that contradicts virtually everything Simon said. Christy — who has received death threats from her own family members if she continued to defend Israel (they were that afraid) — tells her story in a compelling speech she gave at Upsala University.

She describes how one uncle was blinded by a gunshot to the head for refusing to pay jizya (the tax demanded of non-Muslims by their Muslim rulers).  This man’s life was saved by treatment in an Israeli hospital.  Anastas also recounts how Palestinian judges from Hebron colluded in the theft of land from Palestinian Christians.  It goes on, of course. The longer you listen, the more blaming Israel for the flight of Palestinian Christians becomes not only absurd, but a disgusting smear with violent implications.

Christy’s talk was so incendiary — the threats to her so severe — that the video was pulled down from YouTube.   It is now up again thanks to Jerusalem Institute for Justice with some additional material regarding the prevarications of Saeb Erakat.   See it while you can. But most of all Bob Simon and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager should see it, especially now with the true colors of the Palestinian Authority have been revealed (to those who did not allow themselves to see) by its recent alliance with Hamas.

It’s hard to say if we should hold Simon and Fager accountable if something bad happens to Ms. Anasatas, but I know they won’t be far from my mind.  It will be interesting to see if they issue an apology.  PJ Media has contacted Mr. Fager’s office.

Here’s the video:

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Cross-posted from Roger L. Simon’s Blog

Roger L. Simon is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, novelist and blogger, and the co-founder of PJ Media. His book, Turning Right at Hollywood and Vine: The Perils of Coming Out Conservative in Tinseltown, was re-released in an updated edition in 2011.

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Brave woman. God bless her and give her strength.
38 weeks ago
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"I believe that you are a man of honor." That's her first mistake. I sure hope it isn't her last but history tells sad stories. "We are people of peace" bringing Palestine back to...Hamas?

The best 'stand up' EVAH!
39 weeks ago
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"Upsala" is a misspelling, and the young lady's name is spelled as both Anasatas and Anastas.

Proofreader, please!
39 weeks ago
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A very brave and intelligent young woman with more guts than most combat brigades. Kol hakavod la.
39 weeks ago
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This is the elephant in the room. I've always wondered how the Christian Palestinians could support the PLO. This shows that they really don't. Hopefully this is played all over the world.
39 weeks ago
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THIS is the face of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner...NOT Obama or Arafat...[SIGH]...but that will happen when Hell Freezes Over!!
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