Brigitte Gabriel is an Arab Christian and pro-Israel activist who says she gives voice to ‘what many in America are thinking but afraid to say out loud, for fear of being labeled a racist, bigot, Islamophobic, or intolerant.’ Read her biography below, see photos and videos.
Outspoken and fearless, Brigitte Gabriel is quite pleased that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is resisting pressure from the Obama administration to give more concessions to the Palestinians. Barack Obama wants Israel to stop all settlement construction in disputed areas, including “natural growth” — a reference to Israel’s insistence that new construction is necessary to accommodate the expansion of families already living in existing settlements.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is rebuffing The One’s ‘wants’ by saying that Jerusalem will always remain under Israeli sovereignty, and has refused to endorse Palestinian statehood and activist Brigitte Gabriel is hoping Netanyahu stands firm.
“I hope and pray that he sticks to his guns — I really do,” she says, “because I believe the United States is already putting unbelievable pressure on Israel. I do hope that Benjamin Netanyahu will be able to rally the nation of Israel — and I think the majority of the Israelis right now are completely behind [him].”
Brigitte Gabriel views the survival of Israel as being of paramount importance as a vanguard of Western culture because as “the only Western-style nation in the Middle East, one that Arabs despise, feel threatened by, and vow to destroy.”
Brigitte Gabriel was born in 1965 in Lebanon to a Maronite Christian family. She is a journalist, author and speaker on Islam and the Middle East. She says she gives voice to ‘what many in America are thinking but afraid to say out loud, for fear of being labeled a racist, bigot, Islamophobic, or intolerant.’ She frequently lectures to American conservative-leaning organizations such as The Heritage Foundation, Christians United for Israel, Evangelicals and Jewish groups. She has even debated and partnered with famous liberal Alan Dershowitz.
Brigitte Gabriel grew up during the Lebanese Civil War. Militants launched an assault on a Lebanese military base near her family’s house and bombed her home during a national attempt to overrun the Lebanese government. In April 1975 and following the collapse of the Lebanese Army, many Lebanese Christian militiamen found themselves defending their own homes and were heavily engaged in street fights against the Palestinian militias and the Lebanese National Movement(Leftist). Just ten years old at the time, Brigitte was severely injured and spent 2 1/2 months in a hospital recovering. Gabriel was the only child of elderly parents. Their life savings were destroyed in the bombings, as well as their money, their restaurant and their rental rooms.
Brigitte and her parents were forced to live in an 8′x10′ bomb shelter underground for seven years with only a small kerosene heater, no sanitary systems, no electricity or running water and little food. She says she owes her life and that of her mother’s to an Israeli hospital who provided care to them while seriously injured during the conflicts in Lebanon.
Brigitte Gabriel is a former news anchor for “World News”, the Arabic evening news broadcast for Middle East Television a Christian television station seen throughout Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. She covered the Israeli withdrawal from central Lebanon, the Israeli Security Zone and the Palestinian uprising in the West Bank and Gaza.
She emigrated to the United States in 1989 and founded a television production, marketing and advertising agency. She speaks four languages, Arabic, French, English and Hebrew.
Brigitte Gabriel is the founder of the conservative ACT! or the American Congress for Truth, a non-profit issues advocacy organization. ‘ACT! for America’ has hundreds of chapters across America and members in 20 countries outside of America.
She is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Intelligence Summit and lectures nationally and internationally on Global Terrorism. She is the author of the New York Times Bestseller ‘Because They Hate: A Survivor of Terror Warns America’, and ‘They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It’. She is a regular guest analyst on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC and various radio stations daily across America.
Her book “Because They Hate” was put on the reading list at the FBI Academy and was assigned as mandatory reading for Navy SEALs heading to the Middle East.
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