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Palestine

The Palestine Authority

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Geography

Area: 6,243 sq km

6,243 sq km comprising two separate parts the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The Palestine Authority controls the main towns and scattered enclaves. Jewish settler enclaves and Israeli military authorities control the rest.

Population: 4,409,392    Annual Growth: 3.23%

Capital: Jerusalem (claimed); Ramallah (administrative)

Urbanites: 72.1%

HDI Rank: 110 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 20 (40% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Arabic    Languages: 6 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians70,9911.610.2
Evangelicals4,1160.10.0
Muslim3,866,59687.69 

Challenges for Prayer

Pray for God’s purposes to be fulfilled in the following areas:

a) A just settlement of the land issue and the future of both Jewish settlements in the Palestinian areas and Palestinians in Israel itself. Both sides feel strong legitimate claims to the land, but their respective national aspirations are mutually exclusive.

b) The improvement of living conditions. Estimates are that 70% of Gaza lives in deep poverty and 80% are dependent upon external aid. Widespread unemployment and Israel’s imposition of economic controls prevent the majority from working their way out of poverty.

c) A fair apportionment of the water resources. Palestine has access to only 17% of the available water resources, with the remainder used by settlers, by Israel or sold back to Palestine. Only 28% of Gaza has regular access to clean water.

d) The political leadership of Palestine and Israel. The Palestinian National Authority is an elected quasi-government which all know has no real power to govern. Pray for a means by which legitimate and effective leadership might govern Palestine.

e) The future of Jerusalem, claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians, each as their exclusive capital.

     For an additional 3 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Palestine.