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Rewriting history
Jesus misrepresented as "Muslim Palestinian"
Rewriting history
Rewriting the history of the Land of Israel in order to deny Israel's right to exist is central to Palestinian Authority (PA) policy. Long before it started the PA terror campaign (the "Intifada," 2000-2005), the PA was fighting a history war – erasing Jewish history and replacing it with a fabricated Palestinian history. This rewriting has two central goals:
1- Erase the Jewish nation's 3,000 year history in the Land of Israel;
2- Invent ancient Palestinian, Muslim and Arab histories in the land.

The goal of this historical revision as a political strategy was first expressed publicly at a conference of Palestinian historians in 1998, when rewriting history was linked to the political goal of denying Israel's right to exist:
"Dr. Yussuf Alzamili [Chairman History Department, Khan Yunis Educational College] called on all universities and colleges to write the history of Palestine and to guard it, and not to enable the [foreign] implants and enemies to distort it or to legitimize the existence of Jews on this land... [History lecturer Abu Amar] clarified that there is no connection between the ancient generation of Jews and the new generation." [Al-Ayyam, Dec. 4, 1998].
 
Erasing Jewish history in the land of Israel is followed by the PA’s invention of ancient and modern histories that support its political ideology and claim to the land of Israel. The Holocaust and other aspects of Jewish history are alternately denied, downplayed or distorted. Another distortion is to hide from Palestinians that Jesus was a Jew who lived in the Land of Judea/Israel. PA leaders repeatedly define Jesus as a Palestinian who preached Islam, thus denying not only Jewish history, but also the history and legitimacy of Christianity.

Citing numerous examples, this section will document that these and other historical revisions are an integral part of Palestinian policy and are used to create political ideology.
Jesus misrepresented as "Muslim Palestinian"
As part of its ongoing attempt to invent a Palestinian history, the Palestinian Authority tries to hitch a ride into the past with Jesus. Whereas the historical Jesus was a Jew living in Judea/Israel, the PA turns him into a “Palestinian”: “We must not forget that Messiah [Jesus] is a Palestinian, the son of Mary the Palestinian.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 18, 2005] This is not only a distortion of Jesus’ personal history, but also an anachronism. The Romans changed the name of Judea/Israel to “Palestine” 136 years after the birth of Jesus, to punish the Jewish nation after their unsuccessful rebellion.
In another anomaly, Jesus is turned into a Shahid – a holy Martyr of Islam. Whereas Islamic teachings do view Jesus' gospel as part of the Islamic prophetic tradition, nowhere does Islam refer to him as a Shahid.
 
This cartoon demonstrates the misappropriation of the crucifixion as a Palestinian symbol. The word on the cross: “Palestine.” [“Intifada”, supplement to Al Hayat Al Jadida , Dec. 11, 2000]

The following are more examples of the revision of the history of Jesus:
Official PA daily: "The son of Mary was a Palestinian, and this is the truth, not speculation" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 27, 2014
Op-ed by Dr. Alaa Abu Ammar
     "The image placed behind the Pope’s podium was beautiful indeed: it showed Jesus, peace be upon Him, as a baby wrapped in a Palestinian keffiyeh… Although this image is a symbolic Palestinian national idiom, it is also truthful, since the son of Mary was a Palestinian, and this is the truth, not speculation…
[The Pope’s] standing and praying beside the racist separation fence, the Palestinian wall paintings comparing the crucified Jesus to our crucified nation, and the Palestinian insistence on Jesus being Palestinian – all these demonstrate a forceful message to the occupation, and the improvement of relations between Palestine and the Christian world, which sympathized with the Jews at the time of Israel’s establishment. Today, after discovering the real Israel – the racist and apartheid state – it [the Christian world] is trying to be more objective towards the true people of Jesus, the Palestinian people, which is the most humane and tolerant [nation] towards its fellows.”
Palestinian kids tell Pope: Jesus was the first Palestinian refugee 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2014
     “The children of the Deheisheh refugee camp in the Bethlehem district called on Pope Francis, during his visit (May 2014) to the Al-Finiq Center in the refugee camp, to intervene to put an end to the suffering of the prisoners who have been hunger-striking for over a month, and the suffering of our people in the Yarmouk refugee camp [in Syria].
The following was said in a speech read out by one of the children in the presence of the Pope: ‘Despite the pain and the suffering caused by the occupation, we have not lost hope of living in peace at the present time, when we mark the 66th anniversary of the Nakba (i.e., ‘the catastrophe,’ Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) which was the most heinous war of ethnic cleansing in history. The continuation of the occupation is a crime against humanity, and our dream is to live in peace and freedom.’ The children gave His Holiness the Pope a food stamp in the name of Jesus, since he was the first refugee, and a wooden souvenir with a key symbolizing the right of return.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Jesus and Palestinian prisoner bear equal burdens 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 25, 2014
This cartoon equates Jesus' burden with that of a Palestinian prisoner. The cartoon claims that just as Jesus bears his cross, the Palestinian prisoner bears his ball and chain.
Film broadcast on PA TV: "We consider Jesus the first Palestinian refugee" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 22, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast a short film about ‎the West Bank village of Tayibe, entitled ‎The Chain of Living Stones. ‎
Tayibe priest Aziz ‎ Halaweh: “A week ‎before the crucifixion of Jesus, Jesus ‎came here, to Tayibe, to rest from the ‎troubles in Jerusalem and from the plots ‎conspired against him, and he came to ‎Tayibe as a place ‎ of refuge. That is why ‎we consider Jesus the first Palestinian ‎refugee.”‎
PA art exhibit for Pope presents Palestinians as Jesus, persecuted by Jews 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 20, 2014
Headline: “The Palestinian Museum will welcome Pope Francis with visual displays that shed light on the life of our people in the shadow of the occupation”
     “’Put your finger on the wound and be convinced of my existence’ (based on John 20:27: ‘Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.’ King James Bible) – this is the message with which the Palestinians will receive Pope Francis during his visit in Bethlehem on Sunday. This message will be illustrated with visual displays designed by the Palestinian Museum at the request of the Presidential Higher Committee for Church Affairs. The displays, in the shape of large signs and postcards, will be distributed throughout the Church of Nativity courtyard and the Deheisheh refugee camp throughout the week, to document the historic visit and shed light on the every-day life of the Palestinians in the shadow of the ongoing Israeli occupation.
The displays… were designed by combining famous classical Western paintings with newspaper photos from the archive of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). While the classical paintings were selected to represent scenes from the New Testament, which took place in Palestine in the distant past, the photographs reflect the painful reality the Palestinians have experienced and still experience under the occupation.”
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PA official: “We are proud that Jesus was Palestinian" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 21, 2014
     “District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam emphasized that the brotherhood between Muslims and Christians in Palestine in general, and specifically in the cities of Ramallah and El-Bireh, was not merely a slogan, but reality…
She emphasized: “We are proud that Jesus was Palestinian.”
Official PA daily: Jesus was the first Palestinian fighter 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 20, 2014
Op-ed by Dr. As’ad Abd Al-Rahman, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     “Does it make sense, after 14 centuries of living together, for the Islamic fundamentalists to broach the subject of ‘the Muslim society’ – meaning, [a society] without Christians?! Does it make sense for Jerusalem, and more than that – the [entire] Middle East – to be emptied of the followers of the first Palestinian self-sacrificing fighter (Fedayeen) – Jesus?!”
Op-ed in PA daily calls Jesus "the Palestinian" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 19, 2014
Op-ed by Jawad Boulus, a columnist for the official PA daily
     “The Islamic Movement in Sakhnin opposed the screening of the film The Savior, which recounts the story of Jesus. To clarify the opposition’s position, five Imams of mosques in Sakhnin published notices in which they explained they opposed the screening of the film because its plot is based on what was written on the life of Jesus in the Gospel according to Luke, and not on what is accepted by the Islamic faith. In addition, the Imams ‘advised’ the Christians that if they wished to screen the film, they should screen it in their churches or homes. They [the Imams] vowed they would continue to be ‘a fortified wall defending our faith, our Shari’ah [law] and our Quran.’
We are on the brink of a nationwide phenomenon that reflects the growth of rapidly spreading Takfir ideas. The proponents of these ideas are no different from their predecessors in the Islamic and Takfir political movements, and so they follow their example and strive to enforce what they believe to be their right and duty of protecting their faith – [their faith] as they understand it…
‘As I have loved you, love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples.’ [John 13:34-35] So the Palestinian – or the ‘Savior’, as he was called in the banned film – commanded his followers 2,000 years ago.”

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PLO official: Jesus was “the first Palestinian” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2013
     “During the reopening ceremony of the Jericho Culture and Art Center… [PLO Executive Committee member and PA chief negotiator] Dr. Saeb Erekat said: ‘I will demand of Dr. Rami Hamdallah, as Prime Minister, that he issue a decision to name Jericho ‘Mother of Cities,’ because it is the cradle of civilizations and its roots go back ten thousand years, and Jesus lived there, the first Palestinian after the Canaanite Palestinians.’ […]
Regarding the negotiation process, Erekat said: ‘There have been no direct negotiations with the Israeli side since the fifth of last month [November 2013]; rather there are American-Palestinian and American-Israeli talks.’
Erekat added: ‘In order to narrow the gaps, President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to American President Barack Obama, which contained all that is in our power and not in our power. We will not accept the Jewishness of Israel, which will harm the refugee cause and harm the Palestinians of the Interior (i.e., Israel), and most dangerously – will alter history and religion as though we were never on this land.’ […]
According to Erekat, the letter included ‘non-acceptance of any interim agreement or extension of the negotiation period.’”
Official PA TV: Jesus is “the Palestinian prophet” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 25, 2013
PA TV program Palestine This Morning episode about Christmas:
PA TV host: “We celebrate this holiday [Christmas] to mark the birth of the Palestinian prophet.”
Abbas in letter: Jesus was a Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 24, 2013
PA TV program Palestine This Morning interviewed Father Raed Abu Sahliya about the meaning of Christmas.
Father Raed Abu Sahliya: “First of all, I want to thank his Excellency, President Mahmoud Abbas for his letter, which was published yesterday [Dec. 23, 2013]. The letter is truly beautiful and comprehensive and I think the person who wrote it – if he [Abbas] didn’t write it himself – specializes in writing Christmas letters. Each of its paragraphs has a specific topic and one of the topics is that Jesus was a Palestinian and that the Christian faith started specifically in Bethlehem and spread to the rest of the world.”
Jesus' "Palestinian national identity is undeniable" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 24, 2013
Regular columnist Adel Abd Al-Rahman for the official PA daily:
     “Today humanity is celebrating the birth of Jesus by conducting mass in churches all over the world in honor of the birth of the messenger of love and peace who was persecuted by the Jews from the first day he raised the banner of the New Testament. When it seemed to them (i.e., the Jews) that they had caught him, they crucified him (see explanation below), and to this very day they persecute him through incessant attacks against the Arab Palestinian people…
Jesus, son of the Palestinian people…
Jesus belongs to all human beings, and he will continue to belong to all Christians from all nations and peoples no matter what community or school of thought they are from. This [is true even though] his Palestinian national identity is undeniable, for he was a son of this land and he laid the foundation for the Canaanite identity (there were Canaanites thousands of years BCE – Ed.) that is the root of Palestinian identity.”

Note: According to classical Islam, Jesus was not actually crucified. The people thought they had crucified him, but in fact Allah had lifted Jesus to heaven, and whoever/whatever the Jews crucified (according to some Islamic sources, it was not a human) was not actually Jesus.
Abbas' Christmas speech: Jesus was “a Palestinian messenger” 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 23, 2013
Ma’an, an independent Palestinian news agency and Wafa, the official Palestinian Authority news agency, both reported on Abbas’ Christmas speech 2013. Wafa in English and Ma’an in Arabic. Both referred to Jesus as “a Palestinian messenger."
     “President Mahmoud Abbas Monday said in his Christmas message that millions of Palestinians are still denied the right to worship in their homeland… In Bethlehem, more than 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born; a Palestinian messenger who would become a guiding light for millions around the world. As we Palestinians strive for our freedom two millennia later, we do our best to follow his example. We work with hope, seeking justice, in order to achieve a lasting peace.”

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Abbas seeks "a just peace" with the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 border 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 23, 2013
     “President Mahmoud Abbas Monday said in his Christmas message that millions of Palestinians are still denied the right to worship in their homeland… In Bethlehem, more than 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born; a Palestinian messenger who would become a guiding light for millions around the world. As we Palestinians strive for our freedom two millennia later, we do our best to follow his example. We work with hope, seeking justice, in order to achieve a lasting peace... We are in the middle of a negotiations process with Israel, and we are committed to bring a just peace to the region, including 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."

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PA senior official Rajoub: Palestinians are descendants of Jesus' apostles 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 23, 2013
PA TV program: Circle of Events. Guest: Deputy Secretary General of Fatah's Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub
PA TV interviewer: “The statements you made in Beirut on the Al-Mayadeen TV station had a lot of impact, according to them ‘We are Israel’s enemies and if we had a nuke we’d have used it…’ I hope you’ll clarify the picture because Israel condemned the [statements] and at the time the Palestinians did not.”
PA official Jibril Rajoub: “Madam, first of all I don’t care what Israel says, I care about what serves the Palestinian people’s interests. The Palestinian people have been living under an occupation, a racist, fascist, vile, inhuman occupation, for 46 years…
I, true, the interviewer [from the Al-Mayadeen TV station] asked me and I answered in the same manner and with those words and even now I say to the Israelis, if there won’t be a reexamination of your conduct on your part, a saying in Hebrew states: ‘kill or be killed,’ we won’t be killed, we’re not Jesus, true, we come from Jesus’ apostles but we, our future and our government and our identity are being trampled under the criminal terrorist settler dogs’ feet. I’m certain that if Hitler would come again he would learn from them the art of breaking the will of the people, humiliating the people, [making the] people suffer, destroying the people and massacres...
The world today has begun to be convinced that we are a victim and that they are the criminals and hangmen. Under the rays of the sun Israel has been revealed to be a foreign and threatening body that threatens the region’s independence, threatens the world’s peace and threatens the world’s values and interests.”

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PA daily: "Jesus is a Canaanite Palestinian" and Palestinians are "Jesus' descendants" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2013
Op-ed by Adel Abd Al-Rahman:
Headline: "The resurrection of Jesus, the resurrection of the state"
     "Easter... is not a holiday for Christian Palestinians only but a holiday for Palestinian nationalism, because Jesus, may he rest in peace, is a Canaanite Palestinian. His resurrection, three days after being crucified and killed by the Jews - as reported in the New Testament - reflects the Palestinian narrative, which struggles against the descendants of modern Zionist Judaism, in its new colonialist form, that conspires with the Western capitalists who claim to belong to Christianity.
Jesus, may he rest in peace, the virtuous patriotic Palestinian forefather, who renewed the Old Testament, split away from its followers, brought forth his New Testament and spread it among mankind - which led the Jews to persecute him until they caught him, crucified him and murdered him. Afterwards, he rose from the dead like the phoenix and set out to spread his teachings that still exist and will exist as long as mankind exists.
Jesus' story is his [Palestinian] people's story; the Zionist movement - tool of the capitalist West - wanted to falsify historical facts, to exile and crucify the Palestinian Arab nation and then murder it by means of ethnic cleansing... But the Palestinians, Jesus' descendants, rose from the ashes, like the phoenix, from the ruins of the Nakba (i.e., "the catastrophe," the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) and the Naksa (i.e., "the setback," Palestinian term for Israel's victory in the Six Day War.) They dressed their wounds and raised the flag of nationality again by founding parties and factions...
Easter is a distinct [Palestinian] national holiday which doesn't concern only Christians but rather all Palestinians believing in the different religions - Islam, Christianity and Judaism."
Mayor of Ramallah: Jesus' tomb proves Palestinians have been in land thousands of years 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 6, 2013
Mayor of Ramallah Musa Hadid: "In the Church of the Holy Sepulchre there's the tomb of Jesus. It shows that our Palestinian nation's connection to Jerusalem is thousands of years old (i.e., claiming Jesus is Palestinian)... It's obvious to the whole world that we, the sons of the Palestinian nation who adhere to Christianity, are the Palestinian nation's original sons. We have been the inhabitants of this land for thousands of years. Those who came to us from European countries are new invaders in this region."
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PA daily op-ed: “Christ… is a Canaanite ‎Palestinian…killed by the Jews”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2013
Op-ed by Columnist for official PA daily ‎Adel Abd Al-Rahman:
     ‎“Easter… is not a holiday for Christian ‎Palestinians only, but a holiday for ‎Palestinian nationalism, because Christ ‎may he rest in peace, is a Canaanite ‎Palestinian. His resurrection, three days ‎after being crucified and killed by the ‎Jews – as reported in the New Testament ‎‎– reflects the narrative of the Palestinians, ‎who struggle against the descendants of ‎modern Zionist Judaism, in its new ‎colonialist form, that conspires with ‎Western capitalists who claim to belong to ‎Christianity.‎
Christ, may he rest in peace, the virtuous, ‎patriotic, Palestinian forefather, who ‎renewed the Old Testament, split away ‎from its followers, founded his New ‎Testament and spread it among mankind. ‎This led the Jews to persecute him until ‎they caught him, crucified him and then ‎murdered him. Afterwards, he rose from ‎the dead like the phoenix and began to ‎disseminate his teachings...
Christ’s story is his people’s story. The ‎Zionist movement – tool of the capitalist ‎West – wanted to falsify historical facts, to ‎exile and crucify the Palestinian Arab ‎nation and then murder it through ethnic ‎cleansing… but the Palestinians, Christ’s ‎descendants, rose from the ashes, like the ‎phoenix, from the ruins of the Nakba (i.e., ‎‎“the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for ‎the establishment of the State of Israel) ‎and the Naksa (i.e., "the setback," ‎Palestinian term for Israel's victory in the ‎Six Day War.) They dressed their wounds ‎and raised the flag of nationality again by ‎founding political parties and factions…‎”‎
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: "Jesus brought tidings of Muhammad" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 24, 2013
PA Minister for Religious Affairs Mahmoud Habbash: “And a few days ago we welcomed with all grandeur the birthday of Jesus, may he rest in peace, who brought tidings of Muhammad.”

Note: According to PA teachings, which are based on Islam, Jesus prophesized the coming of Muhammad.
PA Mufti: Jesus was a Palestinian 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 22, 2013
     “A presidential delegation yesterday conveyed greetings from President Mahmoud Abbas and the [Palestinian political] leadership to the western and eastern Christian communities on the occasion of their Christmas holidays…
The Mufti of Jerusalem and [Palestinian] Lands Sheikh Muhammad Hussein… explained that Jesus, may he rest in peace, was a Palestinian and a messenger of love and peace, and that Palestinian soil is witness to his footsteps and his prophecy…
Delegation Chief Hussein Al-A’araj [Chairman of the Palestinian presidential bureau] explained that the delegation [acted as] a representative of the State of Palestine, and that it came to that state’s eternal capital to exchange greetings… on behalf of the President [Abbas] and the entire nation on the occasion of the birth of Jesus, the Palestinian; son of Mary the Palestinian, may she rest in peace.”
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