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Region Middle East
Leader President Mahmoud Abbas
Population 5 053 000
Christian 0.9%
Main Religion Islam
Government Federal Parliamentary Republic
Rank 49
Score 57
Previous Rank 36
Previous Score 60

Christians have lived in the Palestinian Territories (Gaza Strip and the West Bank) since the first century AD. They now make up 1% of the population. Traditional churches are hesitant to accept new Christians who have left Islam to follow Jesus as it could upset the Islamic community. The struggling economy and the fear of Islamic extremism has caused many Christians to leave.

Pray: For jobs so that Christians can remain in the Palestinian Territories and be a witness.

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