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Palestinian Authority

About 173,000 Arab Palestinian Christians lived in the Palestinian Authority (including the West Bank and Gaza Strip) in the 1990s. Both the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, George Habash, and the founder if its offshoot the DFLP, Nayif Hawatmeh, were Christians, as is prominent Palestinian activist and former Palestinian Authority minister Hanan Ashrawi.

Over the last years, unlike the increase trend in the Christian population of Israel, the number of Christians in the Palestinian Authority has declined severely. The decline of Christianity in the Palestinian Authority is largely attributed to poor birth rates, compared with the dominant Muslim population; anti-Christian attitudes by radical Muslim organizations; and general economic and security situation imposed by the Israeli military, which prompts the Palestinian Christians to seek better opportunities abroad. The updated number of Arab Christians in the Palestinian Authority in under 50,000.

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