Top 5 People Groups
Palestinian Arab: 4,284,000
Israeli Jew: 335,000
Syrian Arab: 25,000
Egyptian Arab: 24,000
Levantine Bedouin: 20,000
Palestine is composed of two non-adjacent areas called the West Bank which borders Jordan, and the Gaza Strip to the south which borders Egypt. When the British withdrew from Palestine after World War II, the United Nations partitioned the land into Arab and Jewish states. The Jewish state officially became the nation of Israel in 1948. Since then, tensions have remained intense between Israelis and Palestinians.
In 1994, the Palestinian National Authority was appointed as an administrative body in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The West Bank is controlled by the Fatah party, while Gaza is controlled by Hamas.
Christian Aid supports indigenous missionaries who are training Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of their own people. In Gaza City Christian Aid Mission supports the only evangelical church, a congregation of committed believers who find themselves with few friends outside their own group.
Operation World states: “Palestinian Christians find themselves attacked or betrayed from all sides. They are regarded as Arab Palestinians by Israel and as Western collaborators by extremist Muslims, and they are generally ignored or abandoned by the global Church. Yet they trace their roots back to pre-Islamic times. Their numbers in Palestine itself have declined at an accelerating rate, due to emigration. The pull to leave is strong, with a vastly greater quality of life available elsewhere, and with increasing pressures from Israel on one side and Islamists on the other.”
An estimated 1.7 percent of the population in Palestine is Christian, with only one-tenth of one percent listed as evangelical. Most of the Arab evangelicals live in the West Bank.
Recent Prayerline Posts
PALESTINE. The Shepherd Society, a ministry outreach of Bethlehem Bible College, responds to the needs of poor Palestinian families throughout the year. For $60 per month, a family can receive assistance for food, utility bills, medical care and school fees. As the situation declines in the region, the requests for assistance have increased. ...
PALESTINE. In a land torn by conflict, Tabitha Ministries has opened a new kindergarten in northern Palestine. Leaders hope this school will bring Muslim and Christian children together, even as teachers share the gospel. A $50 gift helps to educate a child. Pray opposition would subside ...