Christianity in Palestine
Some people who speak Arabic and live on the territory called Palestine today are Christians. These include Oriental Orthodoxy, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholic (Eastern and Western rites), Protestant, and others. About half of them belong a branch of the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem.
Today, less that four percent of the Palestinian Arabs living inside the borders of Palestine are Christians. Many Arabs emigrated, mainly because of wars fought between Egypt, Israel and Jordan. There is also a pressure to join Islam. Surveys done by the British in 1922 and 1946 showed that in 1922, about 9.5% and in 1946 approximately 7.6% of the Palestinian Arabs were Christians.
- David Raab (5 January 2003). "The Beleaguered Christians of the Palestinian-Controlled Areas: Official PA Domination of Christians". Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. http://www.jcpa.org/jl/vp490.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
- "Report to the League of Nations on Palestine and Transjordan, 1937". British Government. 1937. http://www.ismi.emory.edu/PrimarySource/Report%20to%20L%20of%20N%20Pal%201937.pdf. Retrieved 12.22.2010.