Source of persecution: Islamic extremism
There is noticeably more pressure on believers in Gaza than in the West Bank because the authorities are increasingly under the influence of Islamic extremists. Christians experience oppression from radical Muslim groups and the authorities fail to uphold and protect the rights of individual Christians. On the West Bank the situation is different: the ruling Fatah party is based on secular principles. However, fear is growing because of mounting tension between Israel and Iran, and the church is suffering from the restrictions that result from the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
- For Christians who live in hiding; and for those who, through despair at the political and economic situation, feel forced to leave Gaza
- That political tensions will not negatively affect the church
- For the work of Musahala, bringing reconciliation between Messianic believers and Palestinian Christians.