People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Arab, Palestinian of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 143,245

ROP3 Code: 107785
IMB Affinity Group: North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Levant
Language: South Levantine Arabic - (ajp)
Religion: Islam
Country of Origin: Israel

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Majority Located Where

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 15,555

  Montreal (Laval), QC - 5,300

  Ottawa–Gatineau, ON - 3,315

  Rocky Mount, NC - 725

  Fayetteville, NC - 550

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Brief Profile

Many of the first Arab, Palestinian people were actually Christians fleeing the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Later, Muslim immigrants arrived. Due to wars and the foundation of the state of Israel, the number of immigrants to the United States grew rapidly.

Approximately half of the Palestinian population hold college degrees allowing them to be very successful in American Society. Many own small businesses and others work as professionals in a number of different fields.

The majority of Arab, Palestinians adhere to Islam but some are Christians. They have such a rich history that is rooted in their religious ties which drives how they view the world specifically Israel/Palestine. Whether they are Christian or Muslim they are very committed to their beliefs, traditions, and to their people.

The biggest and central issue for those of Arab, Palestinian decent is the formation of the state of Israel. When the nation was formed many Arab, Palestinian people were forced from their homes and their land. Many are outspoken concerning US-Israeli relations and what they feel is an unjust support of the state of Israel.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God would open the hearts of the Arab, Palestinian people to the Gospel.
  • Pray that Arab, Palestinian Christians would be burdened to reach their people.
  • Pray that the Church in North America would recognize and seek to reach the Arab, Palestinian people group.
  • Pray that the Arab, Palestinians would have the desire to talk about spiritual things with Christians.

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Any-3"
Any–3 provides biblical principles and practical steps that have equipped hundreds of Christians to witness confidently and effectively. Over the past decade, thousands of Muslims have been engaged with the gospel.

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

Loving Muslims Small Group Study
This Loving Muslims booklet is a two-week group study that takes a deeper look at Christ’s command to "love our neighbor."

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

Overview of Islam
Overview of Islam and its sub-groupings. Developed by the North American Mission Board, SBC. Includes generalized witnessing tips.

Other Resources

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaMississaugaToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON15,555
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC5,300
United StatesRocky MountRocky MountNC725
United StatesFayettevilleFayettevilleNC550
United StatesGreensboroGreensboro-High PointNC420
United StatesLittle RockLittle Rock-North Little Rock-ConwayAR340
United StatesMorgantonHickory-Morganton-LenoirNC300
United StatesSan AntonioSan Antonio-New BraunfelsTX300
United StatesBirminghamBirmingham-HooverAL200
United StatesKnoxvilleKnoxvilleTN113
United StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC110
United StatesOdessaOdessaTX81
United StatesBentonvilleFayetteville-Springdale-RogersAR78