49 Palestinian Territories
WHO IS THE LEADER OF THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES?
The leader of the Palestinian Territories is President Mahmoud Abbas. He was elected in January 2005.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES?
There are 46,600 Christians living in the Palestinian Territories. They make up 0.9 per cent of the population.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES?
Palestinian society is conservative, and due to close links between family and religion leaving Islam is difficult. Islamic extremist militants are also present in the West Bank, causing Christians to fear being attacked.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES?
Christians are caught in the crossfire of the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Their ethnicity means many restrictions from the Israeli side while their faith makes them a minority in the Muslim-majority Palestinian community. Converts from Islam bear the brunt of persecution but even changing your church denomination is controversial. Israeli restrictions and the fear of growing Islamic extremism has caused many Christians to emigrate. The Christian population is shrinking rapidly.
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES?
You can give to provide vital support
Open Doors works through local partners to support the church in the Palestinian Territories with Christian literature, reconciliation work, trauma care, relief aid and advocacy support.
Give to support persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
You can tell others
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You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Father God, have mercy on believers in the Palestinian Territories, and bring Your peace and reconciliation to the land. Protect and strengthen Christians who have converted from Islam, and help them to find communities where they are accepted and can grow in faith. Embolden and encourage Christians to minister to their communities and share Your love with those around them.