n International Journal for Religious Freedom - Sumud as survival - Arab Christian civil organizations in Israel and the Palestinian Territories
|Article Title||Sumud as survival - Arab Christian civil organizations in Israel and the Palestinian Territories|
|© Publisher:||International Institute for Religious Freedom|
|Journal||International Journal for Religious Freedom|
|Affiliations||1 Trinity Western University, Canada|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||17 - 30|
|Keyword(s)||Christianity in the Middle East, Civil Society, Israel, Palestine and Palestinian Christians|
The flight of Christians from Middle Eastern states has been a concern to regional and international audiences throughout the past two decades. However, in spite of the significant challenges to the Christian population, their organizational responses to societal problems have grown in strength. This paper explores the ways in which Christian civil organizations help to preserve Christian communities among the Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank. They provide economic and spiritual supports, opportunities to network and build relationships across denominational divides, and a sense of purpose that helps the community survive and have an impact on their own societies.
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