In “Jesus the Palestinian In Palestinian Authority ideology” at Palestinian Media Watch (thanks to all who sent this in), Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook discuss the Palestinian media’s tendency to appropriate Jesus for its own political uses. This is consistent, of course, with the Islamic appropriation of Jesus as a Muslim prophet, in which scenario orthodox Christians are renegades from the true faith of Islam. The Qur’an delegitimizes Judaism and Christianity, presenting both as renegade Islamic heresies, meriting Allah’s curse on their adherents (cf. Qur’an 9:30).
The cartoon in today’s Al Quds depicts a Palestinian and an Iraqi being crucified on the same cross. This expresses a common Palestinian motif, found in both text and cartoons, that depicts Palestinians as Jesus, and Jesus as a Palestinian….
Jesus was Palestinian, the Palestinians are Jesus
One aspect of this attempt to create a Palestinian history is to present Jesus, who according to Christian scriptures was a Jew (Judean) living in the land of Judea-Israel, as a Palestinian. (In fact the name was changed to Palestine 136 years after Jesus’ s death as part of Rome’s plan to cut the Jews’ ties to their Land of Israel.)
Jesus has even been presented by Palestinians as the “the first Palestinian Shahid — Martyr for Allah,” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 17, 2005] applying to Jesus Islamic theology that evolved centuries later. On a culture program on Palestinian TV, a Palestinian artist depicted Israeli soldiers arresting Jesus, and explains that Jesus symbolizes the Palestinians.
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