Palestine - Photo: Wikipedia / Kafr Qaddum
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Palestine

Palestine is comprised of two separate parts: the West Bank, controlled by Jordan until 1967, and the Gaza Strip, controlled by Egypt until 1967, when Israel gained control over the areas. At present, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) controls the main towns and scattered enclaves in the West Bank. Jewish settler enclaves and Israeli military authorities control the rest.

The PNA was appointed as an administrative body in both the West Bank and Gaza. While the PNA has been allowed to extend its jurisdiction to increasingly more towns and rural areas, Israel's presence remains. After winning a large majority in the Palestinian Parliament in 2007 and defeating rival Palestinian party Fatah in a series of violent clashes, Hamas now governs Gaza.

Pressure from all sides, particularly from Islamists, is squeezing out the dwindling Christian minority in both the West Bank and Gaza. Today, 87.7 percent of the population is Muslim, 8.5 percent is Jewish, and 1.61 percent is Christian. Those living in refugee camps in neighbouring countries face pressure from extremists and face an uncertain future of homelessness and poverty.

Country Information

Population
4,906,308 (July 2021 est.)

Religion (%)
Islam (88), Jewish (7.8), Christian (1.5), other (2.7)

Leadership
President Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank
Hamas in the Gaza Strip

Statistics: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Palestine

Pray not only for the peace of the land, but also for both Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Arabs to meet the Prince of Peace, as it is through Him alone that any meaningful reconciliation will come.

Pray Palestinian Christians who remain will stay strong in both their Christian faith and in their commitment to live out the gospel in very difficult conditions.

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    Click to watch an interview with Dr. Salamah Qumsieh.
    Photo: YouTube / Samir A. Zedan (screenshot)

    Dr. Salamah Qumsieh is an obstetric surgeon and head of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department at Bethlehem's Holy Family Hospital. On February 12th, he was attacked in broad daylight by Khader Odeh

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  • Gunmen's Attempts to Intimidate
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    Jifna, Palestine
    Photo: Wikipedia / Jacob

    Christians in Palestine request prayer following the attempts of armed militia in Jifna, near Ramallah, to intimidate them through acts of violence.

    On April 25th, a Christian woman was involved in a minor car accident, which she reported to police, filing a

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    A hillside view of the West Bank

    The Voice of the Martyrs is supporting Christian workers who are ministering to many new believers in the West Bank, an area where tensions remain high between militant Muslims and Christians. One of the new believers being reached is a young mother, "Mary," who not

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  • IS Militants Warn, ''Leave or Risk Being Killed''
    Pray for the safety of Christians in the Holy Land.

    Leaflets distributed recently in East Jerusalem are warning Christians to leave the city before the end of Ramadan on July 18th or risk being killed. The leaflets are attributed to a group its own members refer to as the "Islamic State in Palestine

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