The Palestinian Interior Ministry has begun work to remove the religion section from Palestinian citizens’ identification cards.
Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry Hassan Alawi stated that ‘the implementation to abolish the religion identification came recently, from President Mahmoud Abbas, with the intention to prevent discrimination between members of the Palestinian population’, according to a PNN report.

According to Alawi, Abbas’ decision came after a similar approval of Israel to begin this process, due to frequent claims that part of the signed agreements between Israel and Palestine needed to address the discrimination present in the population, and to end the requirement for one to identify themselves religiously.