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Palestinian Territories

A ray of hope is the small but growing number of converts from Islam to Christianity.
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About Palestinian Territories

  • Leader:President Mahmoud Abbas
  • Government:Interim administration
  • Population:4.5 million (40,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:Severe
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism

The dynamics of Christian persecution in the Palestinian Territories are complex. Christians are squeezed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, their ethnicity causing many restrictions from the Israeli side and their religion putting them in a minority position within the Palestinian community. The territories are effectively under different governments. The West Bank’s ruling Fatah party is formally based on secular principles, and Christians enjoy several rights. Though Christians are largely tolerated by Islamist Hamas, the rights of Christians are neither upheld nor protected in Gaza. Apart from this discrimination, Christians face threats from radical Islamic vigilante groups. The total number of Christians has been decreasing in both areas over time due to emigration and lower birth rates. A ray of hope is the small but growing number of converts from Islam to Christianity.

Recent News from Palestinian Territories

Aug 30 2016

Young Believers Celebrate Faith

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This summer, Open Doors provided five, young Catholic believers from Gaza with the opportunity to travel to Poland and participate in the “World Youth Day” event in Krakow. Over the course of this five day gathering, over three million believers celebrated their faith.


Prayer Points for Palestinian Territories

  • Pray for Christians in the Palestinian Territories to shine as lights in the midst of the conflict.
  • Pray for Christians living out their faith in utmost secrecy in Gaza for fear of repercussions.
  • Pray that pressure to convert to Islam would be used to strengthen the faith of Christians.

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