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Palestinian Territories

RegionMiddle East
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population4,928,000
Christian Population67,700
ReligionsIslam
GovernmentContested Republic
LeaderPresident Mahmoud Abbas
Score60/100

Palestinian Territories

Palestinian Territories: The Middle Of Conflict.
The ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict causes many challenges. Christians face restrictions from the Israeli side, while their faith makes them a minority in the Palestinian community. The influence of radical Islam is growing. The Christian population is shrinking as more Christians travel to find better prospects in other countries.

Restricted Population.
The area is governed by three different bodies: Hamas, the Israeli military and the Fatah party. Christians are under the same restrictions as the general population. They have the freedom to worship, as long as they do not evangelise.

A New Church Is Rising.
Converts from Islam bear the brunt of the persecution. It is difficult for them to connect to existing churches, as Christians are afraid of potential repercussions from the Muslim population. 

New converts are either threatened and put under great pressure by their family, or their situation is so dangerous that they live out their Christian faith in utmost secrecy. Nevertheless, the number of converts from Islam is slowly growing.

Your help makes a difference for persecuted Christians in the Palestinian Territories by: 

  • Training in reconciliation between groups and trauma counselling.

  • Distribution of Bibles and Christian literature.

  • Socio-economic development.

Pray for Palestinian Territories

Pray for the war to end and that conflicting parties will start to work for peace in the Middle East.

Pray for believers to be ambassadors for Christ and to share the gospel with Muslims. 

Pray that believers will live out their faith in strength even as the pressure on them increases.

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