Christian institutions are a vital part of the Holy Land’s development, providing a safety net for the communities they serve. These institutions have been a beacon of tolerance and faith for people from all walks of life. In addition, the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities have benefited from the valuable services provided by these institutions, receiving health, education, and employment opportunities.
Christian institutions have faced a variety of challenges as a result of the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict that seriously jeopardizes their ability to function and deliver services. These problems include, but are not limited to, their economic and legal status, the route of the barrier, the separation of Jerusalem from Christian towns and villages, including Bethlehem in the West Bank, religious extremism, and a decline in religious freedom. These issues and additional ones are discussed further in this document.