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PALESTINE: Decline Of Christians In The West Bank

In the Arab city of Jenin, 26 km north of Nablus, there are only 130 Christians out of 70,000 inhabitants, almost all Catholics of the Latin rite. In Tubas, another Arab town in the northern West Bank, there are only 45 Christians, belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church, out of 40,000 inhabitants. In Burqin, a Palestinian village not far from Jenin, the number of Christians is less than 70 out of 7,500 inhabitants.

The decrease of the Christian population in large territories of the West Bank emerges in a brief contribution signed by Hanna Issa, member of the Council of Fatah and General Secretary of the Palestinian Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places. In the text, Hanna Issa calls into question the “political and economic factors” at the origin of the migratory flows that are drastically reducing the Christian presence in the West Bank.  


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