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Palestinians: Christianity

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the rights of Christians in the Palestinian territories with regard to (a) travel, (b) housing, (c) residency and (d) equal taxation. (303772)

The last report by our British Consulate-General in Jerusalem on Palestinian Christians was dispatched on 11 May 2009. It covered the social conditions of Palestinian Christians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs), reasons for Christian emigration from the OPTs (mainly the occupation and opportunities afforded to them elsewhere), and relations with the majority Muslim Palestinian community. Other than the usual issues of travel around the West Bank and between the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which affect all Palestinians, the report did not focus on travel, housing, or residency. Nor did it touch on the issue of equal taxation. We have not made a separate assessment of these points.