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Recognition of religion or belief in Palestine

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the State of Palestine are classified censorious.

Recognition of religion or belief in Palestine


  • Islam is established as the state religion.

  • There exists no recognition system in the territory; in reality, this means that no provisions for existential recognition or legal registration are established for non-Islamic groups.

  • Although religious groups are encouraged to establish bilateral cooperation agreements with the government, it is not clear how these are established nor their degree of accessibility.

  • A situation of partial recognition is in effect whereby even though several denominations of Christianity have agreements with the state, this does not equate to the same level of recognition that is bestowed to Islam; unofficial agreements with other denominations provide the amount of rights as with the primary collection of churches, however, many of the details remain ambiguous.

Positive elements:

  • Nil.


  • Dismantlement of the current apparatus of laws restricting reasonable religious activity.

  • Establish a recognition system for the country that has jurisdiction over both West Bank and the Gaza Strip to provide both existential recognition and legal registration to all belief systems and their derivatives and at multiple levels of activity.

  • Repeal laws on proselytism, conversion and blasphemy and deconstruct the system of partial recognition that is currently in place even if this requires the disestablishment of Islam as the state religion.

  • Remove all subjective language from the law to avoid arbitrary application.

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