Sumud as survival

Arab Christian civil organizations in Israel and the Palestinian Territories


  • Paul Rowe


Civil Society, Palestinian Christians, Christianity in the Middle East, Israel, Palestine


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.