Palestinian Arab in France

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Arab Diaspora is the Arab population who live outside of North Africa and the Middle East. Though the Arabs have many subgroups, one of them stands out: The Palestinians. Some of them now live in France. Most fled the wars, poverty and violence in Palestine to find a new home in peaceful, prosperous France. Most Palestinian Arabs continue to speak South Levantine Arabic at home and French with others.
A number of Palestinian Arabs came to France after having been displaced in the 1948 war with Israel. More came after the 1967 war.
Often Palestinians have lived in Jordan for many years before moving to France. Palestinians and Jordanians are among France’s smaller Arabic speaking communities.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The lives of the French Palestinians are vastly superior to the lives of the Arabs who live in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Most French Arabs would fit into the lower middle class or lower class of France. They work in shops, factories, construction sites, restaurants, and farms. As they gain more education and job skills they are moving into the middle and upper classes. Some send money or remittances to their relatives and friends in Gaza and the West Bank on a regular basis. The majority are taking advantage of the French education system to improve their lives and the future of their children.
Palestinians who integrate best are usually either students or businessmen. Students get a heavy dose of French ways that they internalize. Palestinian businessmen have regular interactions with the French society, so the French language and ways become part of their daily lives.
Palestinian Arab Women in France are in a better position than those in the Middle East. By becoming college educated, women are able to have careers closed to them in Palestine.
In traditional Arab culture parents choose whom their child will marry. That is changing as more and more young Arabs in France choose their marriage partner. In general, Arab families have more children than other ethnic groups in France.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most French Palestinian Arabs are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering and make idols. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael to Allah. More and more young Arab people are becoming secularized in France. Their brand of Islam is becoming more cultural rather than religious.
There are also many traditional Christians among the Palestinian Arabs in France.

What Are Their Needs?

The Palestinian Arabs of France must understand their good works will not get them right with God. God forgives sins and grants eternal life only through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus or Isa. Muslim Arabs need to see biblical Christianity as not just “the European's religion” but the only way to find their way to God the Father.

Prayer Points

Ask God to open the spiritual eyes of the Palestinian Arabs as they hear about Jesus the Messiah.
Pray that the Lord sends loving European Christian believers to build friendships with Arabs and tell them the good news about Jesus.
Pray the Lord raises up a Disciple Making Movement among French Arabs.
Pray that leaders in the French Arab community would be willing to investigate the claims of Christ.

Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Palestinian in France.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Palestinian
People Name in Country Arab, Palestinian
Natural Name Palestinian Arab
Pronunciation pail-uh-STIN-ee-un AE-rub
Alternate Names Arabic, Palestinian-Jordanian; Gazan Arab; Israeli Arab Muslim; Lebanese Arab; Levantine Arabs; Palestinian Arab; Syro-Lebanese Arab
Population this Country 4,000
Population all Countries 11,593,000
Total Countries 26
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 14276
ROP3 Code 107785
ROP25 Code 300415
ROP25 Name Arab, Palestinian
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.05 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
0.00 %
93.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Levantine (4,000 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Levantine (4,000 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Levantine
Photo Source Levi Meir Clancy - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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