The Christian Community
There has been a Christian community in the Holy Land since the very beginning of Christianity. Although the conflict is often portrayed as a struggle against militant Islam, there is a minority Christian community who always have and continue to play an important role in Palestinian society.
This community, however, is reducing in size due to emigration from approximately 8% of the total population in 1946 to less than 4% today.
When questioned about their reasons for leaving, Palestinian Christians overwhelmingly blame the pressure and injustice of Israeli occupation for their decision to seek a new life abroad.