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PA to remove religion from ID cards

Feb. 13, 2014 11:05 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 15, 2014 10:06 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority has decided to remove the section detailing religious affiliation on Palestinian identity cards, according to officials.

The undersecretary of the ministry of interior Hassan Alawi told Ma'an that President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree to remove religious affiliation from identity cards beginning on Feb. 11, 2014.

Alawi said the decision was made entirely by Palestinian authorities and ensures the equality of all Palestinians, regardless of their religion.

Although the majority of Palestinians are Muslims, just under 10 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank are Christian, in addition to thousands more in the Gaza Strip.

A few hundred Palestinians in the West Bank are Samaritans, a religion closely associated to Judaism.

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