Palestinian President Abbas Hijacks Jesus’s Identity

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.


abbasAs Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered his Christmas greeting which described Jesus as a “Palestinian messenger.” He also decried the supposed harsh treatment of Christians today under the Israeli occupation, as opposed to the supposed loving treatment accorded to Christians by the Palestinians.

Abbas’s identity theft insults the name and legacy of Jesus of Nazareth. For many Jews, Jesus, who was born into the Jewish faith, was a great prophet. For Christians, Jesus is the Son of God and redeemer. He transcends petty battles over territories and is no single group’s “messenger,” much less the Palestinians’ personal emissary. Even other Palestinian leaders realized that Abbas might have put his foot in his mouth. They tried to temper his statement by claiming that it wasn’t meant to be understood in a religious context. But a YouTube clip released last Sunday by the Palestine Liberation Organization had a decidedly religious theme. To the music of Silent Night, the video shamelessly portrayed a figure, who was presumably Jesus, holding a cross and riding in a chariot past armed Israeli soldiers and through an Israeli security barrier to Bethlehem.

Abbas was only reflecting the serial identity thefts committed by Palestinians.

Last year, for example, a Palestinian university lecturer claimed on a Palestinian Authority TV program that Moses was a Muslim who brought “the Muslims of the Children of Israel out of Egypt.” The Palestinian lecturer then went on to extol the conquest by the Children of Israel of the land of milk and honey as “the first Palestinian liberation through armed struggle to liberate Palestine.”

That’s a neat trick of revisionist history considering that Islam did not even come into being until at least a millennium later, and it was the Greeks and then the Romans who first used the name Palaistinê as simply the descriptor for the geographical region in which they lived.

The truth is of no consequence to the Palestinian propagandists. Just as Jesus was magically transformed into a “Palestinian messenger” in the Palestinians’ mythology, the Jews who escaped from Egypt and their Jewish descendants who settled in the land of Israel were magically transformed into “Muslims” who liberated “Palestine.”

If Abbas truly believes that Jesus is the Palestinians’ “messenger,” then Abbas would do well to listen to the message of Jesus about truth. Jesus is quoted in the Gospel of John as declaring “the truth will make you free.” The Palestinians are not free today because they lie, not only to the world but also to themselves. Their false narrative of their own identity and history is one example. Abbas’s theft of Jesus’s identity is another. One more case in point is Abbas’s lie in his Christmas greeting about how the Palestinians treat the Christians so well while the Israelis treat them harshly. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Abbas claimed that Christians “are an integral part of the Palestinian people. Orthodox, Catholics, Armenians, Assyrians, Lutherans, Anglicans, Copts, Melkites, Protestants and others are all part of the rich mosaic of this free, sovereign, democratic and pluralistic Palestine we aspire to have and as established in our declaration of independence and draft constitution.” That is an outrageous lie, considering the persistent pattern of harassment, discrimination and persecution visited upon Christians at the hands of Palestinian Muslims.

Abbas’s professed concern for Christians in Gaza “trapped under siege,” and for “those who are prevented from worshiping in Bethlehem,” is nothing more than rank hypocrisy. Moreover, to address any legitimate complaints about restrictions imposed by the Israeli government on Palestinians moving about freely in the territories in order to thwart terrorist attacks, Israeli authorities have announced that such restrictions will be eased to enable thousands of Palestinian Christians from the West Bank and Gaza to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem.

The Palestinian Authority’s constitution declared that Islam is “the official religion.” Sharia law applies, which means that in practice members of any faith other than Islam are treated as second class residents by Palestinian Muslims.

Michael Curtis, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Rutgers University wrote the following account of Palestinian Muslims’ treatment of Christians:

Christians have suffered direct harassment. They have been intimidated and maltreated; money has been extorted, land and property confiscated, and Christian women have been abused, raped, abducted and been subjected to forced marriages. Attempts have been made to impose the Islamic women’s dress code on them…Christian holy sites have been disparaged or insulted…Theft of Christian land and property as well as desecration of Christian institutions and disparagement of the religion has occurred. There are allegations of Christians being forced off their land by gangs upheld by a corrupt judiciary. Businesses have had to pay protection money to maintain their existence. Individuals who have converted to Christianity have been threatened. After a Christian man dated a Muslim woman from a neighboring village in September 2005, armed Muslims crying “Allahu Akbar” attacked the Christian city of Taibe, setting fire to homes and businesses and destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Just as Nazis storm troopers thought nothing of invading the sanctuary of churches and monasteries to carry out their evil designs, the Palestinian militants have done much the same thing. In July 1997, for example, the PLO evicted monks and nuns from the Holy Trinity Monastery in Hebron. On April 2, 2002 Palestinian gunmen took over the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which they used as a base from which to fire upon Israeli soldiers. The Israeli soldiers did not fire back out of respect for the Christian religious institution. Professor Curtis, describing the Palestinian invasion of this holy site, wrote: “Priests, monks, and nuns were essentially hostages of the Palestinians, who apparently stole gold and other property including prayer books.” The church was used as a latrine during the Palestinian occupation.

It is no wonder that since the Palestinian Authority assumed control over Bethlehem in 1995 the Christian population has plummeted from being a majority of the total population to less than twenty-five percent of Bethlehem’s population.

As further examples of the Palestinians’ pattern of destruction and intimidation, a Catholic church and a school were vandalized in August 2007, a Young Men’s Christian Association library was set on fire by Palestinian Authority militants in 2008 destroying thousands of books, and 70 Christian graves including stones and crosses were severely damaged in the village of Jiffna, near Ramallah in 2009. Anti-Christian riots have been reported in Ramallah, Nazareth and surrounding villages.

Gaza under Hamas is even worse. Christmas decorations and public displays of crucifixes are forbidden. The owner of Gaza’s only Christian bookstore was brutally murdered after being kidnapped and then stabbed and shot multiple times in 2007. Christian stores and schools have been firebombed. In a December 2010 broadcast, Hamas officials urged Muslims to slaughter their Christian neighbors. It is no wonder that since Hamas took over Gaza in 2007, half the Christian community has taken off for safer places to live and worship.

Israel, on the other hand, respects and protects freedom of religion for members of all faiths. It opened Christian holy sites in Jerusalem for Christians to visit in 1967, when Israel defeated the Jordanians and reunified Jerusalem. The Jordanians had closed Christian and Jewish holy sites to worshipers of both faiths when the Jordanians had occupied Jerusalem. Since Israel’s founding in 1948, its Christian communities, including Russian and Greek Orthodox, Catholics, Armenians and Protestants, have grown more than tenfold. In Jerusalem alone, the number of Arabs—including Christians—has tripled since Israel reunified Jerusalem in 1967. Israel is not perfect, to be sure. But its citizens are far more hospitable to Christians than Palestinian Muslims are to Christians.

Abbas claimed in his Christmas message that the Palestinian Authority remained committed to the peace talks with Israel. But then he reiterated that the Palestinians expected nothing less than “ending the occupation of the Holy Land with the establishment of a fully independent and sovereign Palestinian State on the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital.” And he is reported to have handed Secretary of State John Kerry a letter laying down “Palestinian red lines,” which include “the refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.” What exactly is Abbas willing to negotiate in good faith? Apparently, nothing. And even if he were inclined to engage in real negotiations, he cannot control Hamas, which remains committed to Israel’s destruction.

These are not the “tidings of comfort and joy” in the Holy Land that one would hope for in this Christmas season.

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  • Manaphy

    There is no line or verse in the Bible where Jesus says he’s Jewish. I have read the Gospels many times and I challenge all of these mud throwers to show me one New Testament verse where Jesus declared “I am Jew.” No such verse exists but a number do where we see Jesus fleeing “for fear of the Jews.

    • KyraNelson

      Money launderers? You mean money changers, you dumb a$$. You don’t know anything about the Temple or why there were money changers there, do you?? Pathetic Jew hater-take a day off, will ya?

      • defcon 4

        That’s the lie I was taught as well (i.e. that they were money lenders working in the temple).

      • UCSPanther

        I understand that they were merchants who sold sacrificial animals for inflated prices, and Jesus punished them for their greed by running them out of the temple.

    • JacksonPearson

      On certain depictions of the Crucifix, both sculpted and pictorial,
      especially as related to the Catholic religion, one may see a
      stylized plaque or parchment with the letters INRI just above or below the figure of Jesus Christ. In some cases, these letters may be
      carved into the cross.

      In the Gospel of John (19:19-20) the inscription is explained:
      “Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross.
      It read, ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.’ Many of the Jews
      read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified
      was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in
      Greek.”

    • UCSPanther

      I strongly suspect that you are one of those white supremicist troublemakers who uses a cherry-picked form of Christianity as a cloak to hide your hatred behind.

      Don’t try to deny it because your words betray you.

    • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

      See Mathew I … “Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.” He is of the house of David and thus a Jew.

      • defcon 4

        It’ll be interesting to see the islam0fascist propagandist lie his way around your rational argument. I predict we’ll be hearing nothing but crickets.

    • fromisrael55

      Whatever you think happened back then, Jews living today are not responsible for anything in those ancient times.

      Just like I as a Jew, do not hold any Christian today responsible for atrocities committed by Christians in the past.

      So, killed or not killed, asked Pilate or didn’t ask, spit on him or didn’t spit, this is utterly irrelevant today.

      When people say Jews should not continue and play the Holocaust card, Christians should stop playing the Jesus crucifixion card just the same. It goes both ways.

      Not to mention that even your book – the Christian Bible – specifically says that Europeans, in fact Romans, killed Jesus.

    • http://www.chaverimisrael.org Norbert Haag

      I never found a single quote about Napoleon being a corse, so I declare he was a Palestinian.

      The argument is so bad it can´t get worse.

      Even for a completely uneducated person like you it is below your level.

      You disprove yourself by declaring haven read the christian scriptures. If you had, which you obviously didn`t, you would know that, even for Christians, the Messiah had to be from the house of King David.

      Now unless you declare David HaMelech (hebr, the King) being actually a Cheyenne chief, or better even, a Palestinian, you are in trouble.

      I however agree that these kinds of trouble can lead you to a career in academia.

    • kate5778b

      Then buy an adult Bible and read the beginning of Luke and Matthew where the genealogies are – House of David mean anything to you? Heck, even Micah 5:2 is quoted – or try Zecharia 12 for Messiah ben Joseph doing the work of Messiah ben David – better start reading, that stone’s going to be a burden next year.

    • Bruce Banner

      You are a fool. Did you miss that bit where he referred to gentiles as dogs? Also where he said I was only sent for the lost house of Israel?

      • defcon 4

        Where did Yeshua refer to gentiles as dogs? I thought only muslimes despised dogs? Judaism has nothing against dogs does it? At some point I know Yeshua allowed a gentile to join his flock without even being circumcised as some of his followers wanted done (without benefit of anesthesia as well).

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “There is no line or verse in the Bible where Jesus says he’s Jewish.”

      Where was Jesus born?

      “I have read the Gospels many times and I challenge any of you to direct me to ONE New Testament verse where Jesus declares “I am Jew”.”

      Do you walk around New York or Washington DC announcing that you are an American?

      What kind of idiot are you?

      “Jesus rejected Jewish power, chased away Jewish money-launderers from the temple, and yes, he was ultimately killed by Jews.”

      He rejected corruption, particularly in the name of God by people who followed traditions of men. If you walked around claiming authority that you didn’t actually have, he’d reject you the same way.

      Get it? He was in Jerusalem among his own people. If he was a collectivist like you, he’d have to disqualify himself as Messiah because he was also a Jew.

      Man, some people are so dense. God can deal with people collectively because he’s omniscient and they are in the end treated as individuals when judged. Therefor he is NOT a collectivist and certainly does not teach collectivism.

      • Mike Nelson

        Jesus did not reject Jewish power he rejected the false piety of the Pharisees. The reason Jesus chased out the money changers [Not Money lenders] Jews were not allowed to buy sacrificial animals with coins that had any graven images on them so the money changers exchanged roman or other coins for shekels that had no image on them. Thus one Jesus’s most famous Parables Render unto Cesar what is Cesar’s and to G=D what is G-D’s. Jesus confounded the Pharisees who were trying to trick Jesus in to Committing treason aginist Cesar by not paying taxes to Cesar.

        As to Objectsfacts matter Jesus never had to say he was a Jew because his mother Mary was a Jew and by Jewish law if you mom is a jew you are a jew. Joseph was from the house of David and would have not been engaged to Mary by Joseph’s father if Mary was a gentile.

    • carpe diem 36

      Jesus celebrated Passover as his last supper, so was he not a Jew? who else celebrated Passover, either in the days of Jesus or in our day? second, the word Christian was born from Jesus death, so it could not have been created in his lifetime, of course.Christ means Died on the Cross.

    • BenZacharia

      He was circumcised on the 8th day in the Temple, only Jews can have that done. He went regularly to the Temple to worship, only Jews could do that beyond the Court of the Gentiles. He declared the Temple was “His Fathers house”. He was crucified by the Romans. You are a despicable liar.

  • http://www.teaparty.org/about-us/ Nixys

    “A YouTube clip released last Sunday by the Palestine Liberation Organization
    had a decidedly religious theme. To the music of Silent Night, the
    video shamelessly portrayed a figure, who was presumably Jesus, holding a
    cross and riding in a chariot past armed Israeli soldiers and through
    an Israeli security barrier to Bethlehem.”

    LMFAO. That clip is so hilariously bad its almost good.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      Think Plan 9 from Outer Space

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    Christians in Judea and Sumaria are going to have to stand-up and defend themselves by aligning with Israel against the growing jihadi threat. It’s about time that they see that Abbas isn’t going to protect them. The Christians who live within the ’48 borders thrive and live in freedom. The Christians under PA rule suffer persecution. It’s time the latter change sides and declare their support for the Jewish state.

    • defcon 4

      I imagine publicly expressing support for Israel or Jews in any islam0nazi state isn’t looked on favorably by the resident islam0nazis. I seem to remember a Coptic Christian doing so in Egypt (under “moderate” Mubarak) and being arrested on some pretext.

    • Bamaguje

      Tell that to Hanan Ashrawi, the loudmouthed dhimmi Palestinian Christian PA apologist.

  • emptorpreempted

    If Jesus was a “Palestinian,” does that make the entire Jewish world of Jesus’s time “Palestinian” as well? Otherwise, how exactly is it supposed to work?

    • defcon 4

      LOL. too funny. Of course, your rational refutation would get you in big trouble in any islam0fascist state — where the usual rebuttal to such reasoned thought is imprisonment.

    • carpe diem 36

      it does not in the same way that Abbas is threatening to end the talks he is holding with Israel if more homes are being built. I do not know of any talks anywhere, and there were no Palestinians in the Time of Jesus, only Jews, or Israelites, the descendents .of Jacob whose other name is Israel.

  • emptorpreempted

    “Abbas claimed that Christians “are an integral part of the Palestinian people. Orthodox, Catholics, Armenians, Assyrians, Lutherans, Anglicans, Copts, Melkites, Protestants and others are all part of the rich mosaic of this free, sovereign, democratic and pluralistic Palestine”

    If we were to take his statement seriously for a moment, the obvious question would be: And what about the Jews?

    • defcon 4

      I think the charter of Hamas already answers your query.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Well, when they talk about historical Jews and Christians, they actually believe and some times openly claim that historical Christians and Jews are groups of Muslims with particular identities based on the time periods in which they lived. All were “Muslim” in that they followed “Allah” and then at some point each group “corrupted” the prophet’s words. That’s why Mo was needed with the perfect “Koran.”

      This allows them to go around claiming to be ecumenical with their fingers crossed because in reality it all boils down to sharia compliance. This also allows them to “tolerate” the “people of the book” when convenient and kill them when they want. All in compliance with their ideology.

      You want to exploit them? Call them people of the book. You want to kill them? Call them apostates when they refuse to explicitly worship Allah.

  • kate5778b

    Yes, predicted this years ago.

    Though these days when everyone can read there is no excuse for ignorance of the texts.

    Jesus lived out the Father’s kingdom on earth, not of political correctness but of righteousness and justice and Torah (Truth); it’s not wholely a futrue-thing but for now. Abbas’ premise that Jesus was a Palestinian, when the term wasn’t invented for another century after Jesus, is a lie and if you;ve read the texts you’ll know who the Father of lies and deception is.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Yes, predicted this years ago.”

      It’s been happening for years. Arafat said the same thing, often. I think he even claimed in front of a pope that “Jesus was a ‘Palestinian freedom fighter.’”

      • kate5778b

        And I’ll bet the pope didn’t correct him, either.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          You are correct.

    • carpe diem 36

      excuse me but the meaning of the word Torah means teaching not truth.

      • kate5778b

        I excuse you. Perhaps you’d like to look up the words truth, commandments and word and see they are often used as synonyms. Seize the day!

        • carpe diem 36

          i am an israeli educated in Hebrew which I know very well, the word teacher and Torah have the same root. i see no connection between Torah-teaching and truth.

          • kate5778b

            King David would disagree and so too Hashem:

            Psalm 101:6-8 he who utters lies will not continue in my presence
            Psalm 119:160 the sum of your Word is truth

            tho i get where you’re coming from with the word roots, however a simple pshat of the sentence gives its full meaning – if it’s not the truth then what’s the point of all the Torah/teaching? Just a thought.

  • JohnfromToronto

    I’m OK with what Abbas said. Follow the logic. If Jesus was a Palestinian, then the Jews of his time were Palestinians. Ipso facto, the Jews do have an ancient connection to the Land of Israel, something the Pals have tried to deny for a long time. Hoist by his own petard. Good on him.

  • PAthena

    See Geza Vermes, Jesus The Jew.

  • Ken Kelso

    Abbas has also stolen the identity of the ancient Philistines.

    The Palestinians have nothing to do with the name Palestine.
    The name Palestine is named after the Philistines, not the Palestinians or any Arab group.

    The Philistines were from Crete in Europe and came to Israel 3000 years ago and were not Arabs or Muslims. Delilah and Goliath were Philistines. (Philistines died out.) Philistine is the name the Romans renamed Israel as a chagrin against the Jews.

    Yassir Arafat was not a Philistine, but an ARAB born in Egypt. Philistine originates from the Hebrew verb Palash, which means to invade. So the Arabs who started to call themselves Palestinians in the late 60′s are invaders and they want to create an Invadia state.

  • Ken Kelso

    Dr. Mordechai Kedar reveals: “Moslems fabricated myths to make Jerusalem holy for politics”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrqnxYbi2P4

  • carpe diem 36

    i have just one question for Mr. Abbas: did Jesus the Palestinians speak Arabic of Hebrew? I myself speak the same Hebrew that the original five books of Moses were written in and I use the same prayers that were found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Can Abbas speak that language?

  • defcon 4

    By his name I’d guess he was hispanic/latino.

  • carpe diem 36

    Jesus lived hundreds of year before Islam so how is he an Islamist?

  • JacksonPearson

    The God of the Bible is real, while Allah of the Qur’an’s a myth. Why? Because Muhammad was Allah, and Allah was Muhammad. One just have to make a cursory read of the Qur’an to realize that it was invented by an insane person, and then forced at the point of his sword onto the surrounding populous.