Drone flying over KhanYounis, Gaza. (Photo by CdV) Corridor from Erez crossing into Gaza (Photo by CdV) Old city of Hebron (photo by GZ) Hisham's Palace, Jericho (photo by GZ) Bypass road north-south - Jerusalem (photo by GZ) Gilo settlement - Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Mahmoud Darwish in the presence of absence (photo by GZ) Anti-wall demonstration in Bi'lin. (Photo by LS) Mahmoud Darwish on Yasser Arafat- Ramallah (photo by GZ) Wall grafitti made by Berlin residents. (Photo by CdV) Cremisan Road, Beit Jala (photo by GZ)

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Religious Diversity

  • Palestine is one of the longest continuously inhabited parts of the world. Throughout history a great diversity of peoples has moved into the region and made Palestine their homeland.
  • Today, the vast majority of Palestinians are Sunni Muslims, followed by Christians (about 4% on the West Bank and 1 % in Gaza) and a few hundred  Samaritans who live on Mount Jerzim near the city of Nablus. Samaritans are an ethno-religious group of the Levant, adherents to Samaritanism, an Abrahamic religion closely related to Judaism.
  • The occupied Palestinian territories counts 179 churches of various denominations including Eastern Orthodox, Maronites, Melkite-Eastern Catholics, Jacobites, Chaldeans, Roman Catholics, Syriac Catholics, Orthodox Copts, Catholic Copts, Armenian Orthodox, Armenian Catholic, Quakers,  Methodists, Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Nazarene, Assemblies of God, Baptists and other Protestants as well as small groups of Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons.
  • Christians and Muslims in Palestine consider both themselves and each another part of the Palestinian people who suffer under Israeli occupation. They resent the suggestion of religious animosity. Over all, relations between various religious groups are good.