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Demographics over the past 50 -100 years based upon religion - How many jews, Muslims, Druze, Christians -
Palestinian Christians celebrating the Eve of the
, on the Western bank of the
The proportions of Christians in the Palestinian territories is such that they only constitute around one in seventy-five residents.
reported that 33,000 - 40,000 Christians remained in the West Bank, with around 17,000 following the Roman Catholic tradition and most of the rest following the Greek Orthodox church.
Both Bethlehem and
, which were once overwhelmingly Christian, now have strong Muslim majorities. Today about three-quarters of all Bethlehem Christians live abroad, and more Jerusalem Christians live in
than in Jerusalem. Indeed, Christians now comprise just 2.5 percent of the population Jerusalem, they once comprised around 40%, those remaining include a few born in the Old City when Christians there constituted a majority.
In a 2007 letter from Congressman
George W. Bush
, Hyde stated that "the Christian community is being crushed in the mill of the bitter Israeli-Palestinian conflict" and that expanding Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem were "irreversibly damaging the dwindling Christian community."
Most Christians in Gaza blame the Israeli occupation pre-2005, the current siege on the city and the war on Gaza 2009 to be the reason for their Exodus from Gaza. During the recent war on Gaza, two churches, Baptist and Catholic, were slightly damaged by Israeli shelling, and many Christians including 15 year old Christine Turk
, lost their lives during the Gaza offensive. There had been reported attacks on Palestinian Christians in Gaza from small Muslim extremist groups, most notably Ramy Ayyad, but Gaza Pastor
doubts the attacks were religiously motivated