Saying that Jesus was the first Palestinian is a tacit admission that there is no Palestinian nationality, since Jesus is not considered by anyone to be the father of a race of people. This is just political posturing which will appeal to the professional victimhood industry: to be “Palestinian” is to be oppressed, you see, and Jesus was arrested and crucified, ergo, Jesus is “Palestinian.” Azzam Al-Ahmad is defining “Palestinian” identity solely in terms of the “Palestinian” jihad against Israel, which is fitting enough, since the “Palestinian” nationality itself was invented as a tool of that jihad.
“Christmas is a ‘Palestinian symbol’ and ‘Jesus was the first Palestinian,’ says senior Fatah leader,” by Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch, December 25, 2018:
For years, the Palestinian Authority and Fatah have presented Jesus as a Palestinian, as part of its fabricating an ancient Palestinian history.
This year was no exception. On the occasion of Christmas, a top Fatah official spoke of Jesus as “the first Palestinian” and “‘Christmas is one of the permanent Palestinian symbols.”
In their historical revision, the PA and Fatah ignore that Jesus was a Jew (“Judean”) according to Christian tradition and that the Roman Empire changed the name of the land Judea into “Palestine” only a hundred years after Jesus lived. In spite of the dishonesty, senior PA and Fatah leaders have consistently presented Jesus and his mother Mary as Palestinians and Jesus as “the first Palestinian Martyr,” and the first Palestinian refugee, as documented by Palestinian Media Watch.
The following is a statement from PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad yesterday at Khan Al-Ahmar, a site where Palestinian Bedouins have illegally erected buildings and dwellings.
“The lighting of the Christmas tree each year has many meanings in Palestine… Christmas is one of the permanent Palestinian symbols, and the whole world follows Mass in Bethlehem…
The children of Khan Al-Ahmar are happy about the lighting of this tree, as it is the symbol of the first Palestinian, Jesus, peace be upon him. We, the members of the Palestinian people, celebrating Christmas together with everyone in the land of Palestine…’
The same false claims about Jesus were repeated by Secretary-General of the National Initiative [and PA Parliament member] Mustafa Barghouti:
“Jesus, who was born on this land, was a Palestinian and defeated his suffering.”
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 20, 2018]
A few among the many examples of PA and Fatah leaders calling Jesus a Palestinian include:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas stated that: “We celebrate the birth of Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and peace.” [WAFA, Dec. 22, 2014]…
Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer
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