MembersColonialists in Their Own Country?

In what is now a Palestinian Christmas tradition, local officials and media outlets spent the holiday season insisting that Jesus was a “Palestinian refugee” and the first “Palestinian martyr.”

By Michael Selutin |
Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90

But this year more than most, one particular discrepancy in their tale stuck out. “There is a special fragrance to Christmas, because of its unique place in the Palestinian [historic] consciousness itself, with its prophets, and specifically our Lord the Messiah [Jesus], may he rest in peace, the loyal and respected son of Palestine, who more than 2,000 years ago defended his religious, political, and legal choice against the fanatic Jews who despised him and persecuted him until they [eventually] crucified him,” wrote ‘Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul for the official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.

Clearly, when they refer to Jesus as a “Palestinian,” writers like Al-Ghoul mean that he was a Palestinian Arab, like them. And that he had to contend with “racist” Jews, like them. However, in the very next breath, these weavers of historical revisionism will deride the Jews as modern “colonialists.”

“Jesus, may he rest in peace, was the first symbol of the struggle for national liberation from the clutches of those who pretend...

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