The main Christian denominations in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza have issued a joint statement supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
Around 57 000 Christians live in the territories concerned.
The Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia, Theodosios Atallah Hanna, told euronews the Palestinian people deserve a state, and United Nations recognition.
“We are part of these people and we support this. We work side by side with all the sectors of the Palestinian people, Muslims and Christians, for our freedom and our independence, and to establish our independent Palestinian state, and its capital Jerusalem.
“We hope that the United States and Europe and all those who are sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, will support this just demand.”