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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:
Op-ed by PA daily editor-in-chief denies Jewish history in Israel and Jerusalem; compares Palestinians to Jesus 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 7, 2019
Excerpt of an op-ed by official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Editor in Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija

      “From the Damascus Gate Plaza – whose name became the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) Plaza following the last uprising in Jerusalem (apparently refers to several months of deadly Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis 2015 - 2016 –Ed.) – you reach a stone staircase… that descends into history… Most of the Israeli occupation soldiers here are from the Falash Mura (i.e., descendants of Ethiopian Jews; see note below) who say they are Hebrews! They tremble inside the guard posts, and sometimes some of them are close to the gate checking ID cards. They are afraid and avoid looking in the eyes of the owners [of the ID cards], the residents of the city. Around them is a purely Arab hubbub: the voices of the Arab farm girls selling vegetables in wicker baskets and youth ridiculing the occupation soldiers among themselves and laughing at them. The soldiers understand nothing of what is happening, which causes them to grip their automatic rifles tighter… The Falash Mura soldiers and the rest of the Zionist occupiers, who never in their history crossed the Euphrates River and who arrived from across the Atlantic Ocean, are a foreign sight (sic., the majority of Jews did not immigrate to Israel from across the Atlantic Ocean, and the Jewish people originated in Israel).”

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PLO and PA officials visit families of prisoners, convey Abbas’ blessings for Christmas to prisoners and their families; “We are proud of Jesus being Palestinian”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 3, 2019
      "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr, Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam, Ramallah Mayor Musa Hadid, and a delegation of Christian clergy… visited families of prisoners from the Christian communities yesterday [Jan. 2, 2019]… for Christmas. The delegation blessed the prisoners' families and their children. The delegation visited the family of prisoner Ibrahim Mas'ad Hani (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2), sentenced to life… Abu Bakr said that the visit to the families from the Christian communities is a message for Christmas and of freedom, which the Palestinian people is conveying to the world so that justice, peace, love, and unity will prevail in the land of Palestine – which will be achieved when the occupation leaves and when our people is able to live in dignity, independence, and freedom. Abu Bakr conveyed the blessings of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] to the Christian families and to all of the male and female prisoners in the occupation's prison. District Governor Ghannam said: 'At this opportunity, we bless all of the members of the Palestinian people for the national holidays, which are not just Christian. We are proud of Jesus being Palestinian.'"

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Fatah officials: "Jesus was the first Palestinian" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 20, 2018
    "Dozens of members of our people lit the Christmas tree last night [Dec. 19, 2018] in the village of Khan Al-Ahmar (a site where Palestinian Bedouins illegally erected dwellings; see note below –Ed.), east of occupied Jerusalem. PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad said: 'The lighting of the Christmas tree each year has many meanings in Palestine.' … He added: '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, are celebrating Christmas together with everyone in the land of Palestine.' … Secretary-General of the National Initiative [and PA Parliament member] Mustafa Barghouti… said: 'Jesus, who was born on this land, was a Palestinian and defeated his suffering. This tree hints at an additional victory that the members of our people will achieve at Khan Al-Ahmar.'"
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PA Minister of Education calls Jesus “the authentic Palestinian”  
Source: Facebook page of PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam, Dec. 25, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam

Posted text: “To the authentic Palestinian, Jesus, and to the members of the [Palestinian] people – happy holidays”

The image shows a drawing of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns and a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) around his neck.

Text on image in English: “Made in Palestine"
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Sabri Saidam also holds the following positions: Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary, Fatah Revolutionary Council Deputy Secretary, and President Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor for communications and information technology.
Fatah cartoon depicts Jesus chasing Trump out of Jerusalem  
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Dec. 18, 2017

Fatah’s cartoon shows Jesus chasing Trump out of Jerusalem with a whip in a scene reminiscent of the Christian Biblical narrative when Jesus cleanses the Temple, driving out the merchants and the money changers. In the background are three men wearing suits behind a desk with four name tags bearing the names of American banking companies: “Citi[bank],” “Wells Fargo,” “JP Morgan Chase,” and “Goldman Sachs.” The text on the cartoon says “Jerusalem is not yours to give to anyone.” Fatah repeated this in its tweet, adding the hashtag "#HandOffJerusalem."
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PA District Governor: “Jesus is a Palestinian” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 31, 2017
    “The priest at the Holy Family Latin Church in Ramallah, Father Ibrahim Shoumali, led the thanksgiving mass for the end of his service at the church…
[PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas' advisor on Foreign Affairs and International Relations Nabil Shaath, District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, and [PA] Minister of Justice Ali Abu Diyak were present at the mass… District Governor Ghannam honored Father Shoumali on behalf of the district and its institutions. She noted that ‘The integration of all residents of the district brings everyone pride,’ and said: ‘Jesus is a Palestinian, and the occupier’s bullets do not differentiate between one Palestinian and another. We are all partners to the struggle, building, and making decisions.’”
Fatah official: “Jesus was a Palestinian”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 20, 2017

Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning

Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki:
 ”The Christians know that Jesus Christ was a Palestinian. He really was from Jerusalem, and his resurrection was from Jerusalem.”
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PA daily editorial: Jesus was a Palestinian 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 19, 2017
Excerpt of an editorial of the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, written by the paper’s Editor-in-Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Hija

       "Palestine has never brought anything to the entire world but this message, the message of love, tolerance, and peace. There is no better and clearer proof of this than the message of the righteous Palestinian Jesus Christ, peace be upon him, who bore his cross while the crown of thorns wounded his forehead. He walked through the Via Dolorosa, bore the suffering of this path, and became the savior of all mankind and its redeemer from the injustices of hate and its destructive ailments."
Fatah official: Jesus was “the first Palestinian and the first Martyr” 
Source: Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee, Dec. 24, 2016
Text and picture posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi

Posted text: "For Christmas, the birthday of Jesus the first Palestinian and the first Martyr (Shahid), peace be upon him, we will surely stop the path of suffering (i.e., referring to the Via Dolorosa, which Christians believe to be the path Jesus walked on his way to crucifixion) and go up to the free Palestine, happy New Year."

Text on picture:
"A magnificent Christmas…
a happy New Year"
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Senior Fatah official: "The whole world knows that Jesus was Palestinian" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 15, 2016
Official PA TV program Going to the Conference, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki
Official PA TV host: "We need to begin to realize the dream of independence from here, and the whole people, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas [will do this]. 2017 needs to be a year of realizing our independence, and establishing a sovereign state and self-determination. People are asking: ‘When we talk about this important and wondrous matter, which every Palestinian hopes will be realized, on what facts are we depending?’"
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: "There are two facts. The first fact is that we are depending on the justice of our cause, and its spiritual status. After all, the whole world knows that Jesus was Palestinian, and also, the Muslims know that Prophet Muhammad was led on the Night Journey from the Sacred Mosque [in Mecca] to the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
Op-ed in PA daily: Jesus was “the first Palestinian Martyr, who was crucified by the Jews”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 6, 2016
Headline: “One homeland, one people”
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily
      “The demographic composition of the Palestinian Arab people cannot be envisioned without the presence of the Christian people. As [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said: ‘The Palestinian Christians are the salt of the earth,’ and indeed as I have said in a number of relevant articles – Jesus, Issa son of Maryam, peace be upon him, was the first Palestinian Martyr (Shahid), who was crucified by the Jews, or they think they crucified him. He was born to a Palestinian mother and grew up in Palestine.”
Op-ed in official PA daily: Jesus “was the first Palestinian Martyr, who was crucified by the Jews” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 6, 2016
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline
: “One homeland, one people”
      “The demographic composition of the Palestinian Arab people cannot be envisioned without the presence of the Christian people. As [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said: ‘The Palestinian Christians are the salt of the earth,’ and indeed as I have said in a number of relevant articles – Jesus, Issa son of Maryam, peace be upon him, was the first Palestinian Martyr (Shahid), who was crucified by the Jews, or they think they crucified him. He was born to a Palestinian mother and grew up in Palestine.”
PA Minister for Jerusalem Affairs claims Jesus and Mary were Palestinian 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 1, 2016
Headline: “A presidential delegation blessed the Greek Orthodox patriarch on the occasion of the holy Sabbath”
     “A delegation of the Higher Presidential Committee of Churches Affairs [in Palestine] conveyed the blessings of President Mahmoud Abbas to the Greek Orthodox patriarch and to the Christians of Palestine in particular and all over the world on the occasion of the Christian holidays and the holy Sabbath…
The delegation included [PA] Minister for Jerusalem Affairs and Jerusalem District Governor Adnan Al-Husseini, PLO Executive Committee member Hanna Amira, Palestinian Ambassador to Germany Khouloud Daibes, and Palestinian Ambassador to the Vatican Issa Kassissieh.
Al-Husseini said: ‘The president’s blessings are intended to emphasize the Christian-Islamic fraternity which is a role model throughout the world, especially as the Christians are considered our partners in land and fate, and the proof of this is that the messenger of love and peace, Issa son of Maryam (i.e., Jesus son of Mary) was a Palestinian and the son of a Palestinian woman.”
PA head of Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem: The Jews tortured and crucified Jesus, the “first Palestinian Martyr” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 22, 2016
Official PA TV program Self-Reflection, hosting Secretary-General of the PA’s Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa on Jewish harming of religious sites

Official PA TV host: “Throughout history the Jews have persecuted the Christians in a racist manner; in the days of Jesus, Dhu Nawas (Jewish Yemenite king who massacred Christians, 517-527 AD. –Ed.) killed hundreds of thousands of Christians in Yemen. How does the church view the Jews’ attitude toward Christians today?”

Secretary-General of the PA’s Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa:
“First of all, we as a church, and as Christian clerics and important people [who are not priests] we recognize the Bible and Judaism because it is part of the New Testament. The Bible  is divided into two, the Old Testament, connected to Jews and Moses, and the New Testament, connected to Jesus. However, they crucified Jesus and tortured him, and in our eyes he is the first Palestinian Martyr (Shahid), who fell during that time at the hands of the Jews, when they crucified and tortured him.”
PLO Director of Prisoner’s Affairs and Ramallah District Governor visit families of imprisoned terrorists, governor claims Jesus was "a Palestinian"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2015
Headline: “Karake and Ghannam: Our holidays will only be complete when our prisoners are released from the deep darkness of the prisons”
      "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh district Laila Ghannam visited the families of a number of Christian prisoners of our people who are sitting in the occupation’s prisons, in order to bring them greetings for the holidays… Ghannam said that the Christian and Muslim holidays are national holidays… She added: “We bless all Palestinians for the national holidays, and they are not only Christian holidays. We are proud because Jesus is a Palestinian. The visit included the families of prisoners… [including the family of prisoner] Ibrahim Mas’ad.”

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Fatah official: Jesus was the “first Palestinian Martyr” 
Source: Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee, Dec. 22, 2015
Text posted on Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi’s Facebook page on Dec. 22, 2015
Posted text: “This year in Jerusalem, the spirit of Muhammad, the true Arab Prophet, sent to all mankind, and the spirit of Jesus, the first Palestinian Martyr (Shahid) and carrier of the message of peace, between the [Church of the] Nativity and the place of Muhammad’s Ascent to Heaven [the Al-Aqsa Mosque], in order to spread on the day of their birth, which falls on the same day this year, a message of light, good, and love for humanity, alongside a message of freedom and getting rid of the occupation, for our people and for all the world.”
The Palestinians, “[Jesus’] people”, suffer “from the Zionist Jews” the same way he did  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2015
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily
     “Palestine, the first sanctified land, that promised the oppressed and the defeated liberty, independence and eternal co-existence between human beings, all while carrying the dream of hope for rebirth, will be baptized on May 17, 2015, when it is recognized by the Vatican State. This means recognition of the political rights of the Arab Palestinian nation, support of the two-state option within the borders of June 4, 1967. [it is also] an apology to the messenger of peace and love, Jesus, may he rest in peace, who suffered from the injustice of the first Jews… in the same way his people, the Palestinians, have suffered from the Zionist Jews in the past and in the present… for the delay in doing them [the Palestinians] justice through restoring some of their rights.”
Ramallah Governor: Jesus was Palestinian 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 31, 2015
    

     "District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam... receiv[ed] the Liberty Bell from [Philadelphia] City Council member Maria Sanchez in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, [USA] yesterday [Jan. 30, 2015]... In addition, Ghannam received a Citation of Honor, which has never been awarded to any Arab leader or citizen before, in recognition of her impact and her extraordinary actions for her nation and her cause, and her influence within her society and in the world... [Ghannam] made it clear that the land of Palestine was the cradle of love and peace, noting that Jesus was Palestinian, and that tolerance is one of the Palestinians' most prominent principles." Ghannam gave the parliamentary representative [City Councilwoman Maria Sanchez] a memento from the Palestinian heritage, and noted that this is our heritage, identity and the legacy of our ancestors. She also noted that the occupation (i.e., PA euphemism for Israel) was trying to steal it by using it in Israeli fashion shows and for the uniforms of the Israeli airline attendants. Ghannam clarified that stealing is their [the Israelis'] conduct, as they have stolen the land, and are now trying to rob all that is Palestinian, without anything to stop their savagery, criminality and unrestrained terrorism."
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Sec-Gen. of PA Jerusalem council: Jesus was the first Palestinian Martyr 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 26, 2015
Official PA TV program Picture Story on Hilarion Capucci, the Melkite Greek Catholic archbishop, presented by Muwaffaq Matar, columnist for the official PA daily.

Official PA TV host Muwaffaq Matar: “Archbishop Capucci is a model of the fighting believer or the believing fighter. How could he – and I want to hear this story from you, for in the days you were with him, he must have told you personal things, about [his] suffering in prison, and how he saw the cause of Palestinian liberation – how did he succeed in balancing the values of the Church – which always maintains, of course, that even the enemy must be treated peacefully – with the legal right of this nation to resist – an option which was widely believed in, at least during the period of the armed struggle. How did he succeed in balancing these two options?”

Hanna Issa: “He said: ‘First of all, don’t forget that the first Martyr (Shahid) was Palestinian – Jesus the Messiah. Look how they tortured, crucified and killed him... He [Capucci] told me: ‘No, the Church does not prohibit me from interfering. Jesus’ disciples – how did they behave towards him? Matthew, Marc, Luke, John. They fought alongside him and suffered for him, and I suffer for the Palestinian people.”

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Jesus was “the first Palestinian and the first ‎Martyr”‎ 
Source: Al-Asima, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Jan. 5, 2015
     ‎“Residents of Jerusalem held back their ‎pain and insisted on celebrating the ‎holidays of their Christian brothers, who ‎follow the Western calendar in occupied ‎Jerusalem, to the rhythm of the bells of the ‎Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and ‎insisted on marking the birthday of Jesus, ‎peace be upon Him, the first Palestinian ‎and the first Martyr (Shahid).”‎
PA Security Forces Spokesman: “Jesus the Palestinian”‎ 
Source: Facebook page of Adnan Al-Damiri, the official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, Dec. 25, 2014
Posted on the Facebook page of Adnan Al-Damiri, the official spokesman of the PA ‎Security Forces: ‎
     ‎"On [the occasion of] the anniversary of love and peace, the birth day of Jesus the ‎Palestinian, [we convey] New Year wishes to Palestine, its residents and those who ‎love it." ‎
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PA daily columnist: Jews crucified Jesus and today Jews are crucifying Jesus’ ‎‎“people,” (i.e., Palestinians) 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2014
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for the official PA daily: ‎
     ‎"On the day of your birth, my lord Jesus, the entire humanity celebrates you and ‎peace... My lord Jesus, peace be upon you, those who crucified you 2,000 years ago (i.e., the ‎Jews) have returned to crucify your people, of different religions, without ‎distinguishing Christians from Muslims. They spread their poison in every part of your ‎homeland - where your churches, and the mosques of your successor, Prophet ‎Muhammad son of Abdullah of the Quraysh tribe, peace be upon him, were built - to ‎spread destruction, strife and discord... Jesus, the man of peace and love, rest in peace, for your people, the Canaanites, ‎stand firm on the ground, holding onto their rights, determined to protect their land..." ‎
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PA daily columnist: “Jesus the Palestinian”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 24, 2014
Op-ed by Tawfiq Amraneh, columnist for the official PA daily: ‎
‎"My lord has created a resistance-fighting man out of clay stones! ‎
My lord blew a soul into Jesus the Palestinian! ‎
My lord bestowed upon Jerusalem [Islam's Prophet Muhammad's] Night Journey and ‎Ascent to Heaven..." ‎
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Fatah official: “Jesus, the first Palestinian”‎ 
Source: Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee, Dec. 24, 2014
Text posted on the Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central ‎Committee. ‎
     ‎"We wish our united Palestinian people a new Christmas that will herald liberty, as did ‎Jesus, the first Palestinian, peace be upon him." ‎
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Abbas: "Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and peace"‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 22, 2014
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:‎ ‎"We celebrate the birth of Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and peace." ‎
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Abbas’ advisor: “Christmas is also a Palestinian holiday because Jesus… was ‎Palestinian”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 22, 2014
     ‎"Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari'ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas' Advisor ‎on Religious and Islamic Affairs... noted that 'We believe in our lord Jesus, peace be ‎upon him, and in his gospel, his prophecy, and his sanctity. In keeping with his creed, ‎we celebrate his birth day just as we do that of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon ‎him, because all prophets are brothers. In addition, Christmas is also a Palestinian ‎holiday, because Jesus, peace be upon him, was Palestinian. He was born in ‎Palestine; lived and was sent [as prophet] to Palestine. Therefore, Christmas has a ‎special Palestinian flavor.'"‎
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Note: This article was originally published in Ma'an on Dec. 21, 2014.
Fatah official: Jesus was "the first Martyr, the first Palestinian"‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 17, 2014
     ‎"Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Saeb Erekat and District Governor of Jericho ‎and the Jordan Valley Majed Al-Fatiani, lit up the Christmas tree in central Jericho on ‎Monday [Dec. 15, 2014] evening... Erekat said that several days ago, Fatah ‎Revolutionary Council member Ziyad Abu Ein had lit up an olive tree with his pure ‎blood, thereby joining the procession of [Palestinian] Martyrs (Shahids), and added: ‎‎'Shouldn't it be so, since the first Martyr, the first Palestinian, Jesus, peace be upon ‎him, was from among us?'" ‎
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Note: Ziad Abu Ein, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and head of the PA Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall, died on Dec. 10, 2014 at ‎a demonstration in the West Bank that ‎turned violent. Immediately following his ‎death, PA and Fatah leaders claimed that ‎Abu Ein was murdered. Footage from the ‎event shows Abu Ein in an altercation with ‎an Israeli soldier who grabbed Abu Ein by ‎the neck, and later shows Abu Ein on the ground clutching his chest in pain. The ‎autopsy, which was overseen by Israeli and ‎Palestinian pathologists, revealed that the ‎cause of death was a heart attack, but ‎disagreement remains over the extent to which the altercation with Israeli forces may have caused ‎the heart attack. Palestinians have ‎continued to describe Abu Ein's death as a ‎‎"murder" and "assassination" by Israel.‎
PA official: "Jesus the Messiah is Palestinian"‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 7, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast a speech by District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila ‎Ghannam: ‎
     ‎"We are standing here, Muslims and Christians, in Yasser Arafat Square, [named after] ‎the symbol of our cause, to celebrate Christmas. So too we will stand united to ‎celebrate victory, far off as it may be. Merry Christmas, let's celebrate and be merry; ‎Jesus the Messiah is Palestinian, and we are Palestinians and will continue to hold ‎our heads high." ‎
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Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem: Jesus was “the first Palestinian Martyr”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 3, 2014
     ‎"Yesterday's [Dec. 2, 2014] Ministry of Tourism and Archeology [newspaper column] ‎centered on the products being sold in the oriental antiques stores, and criticized the ‎Ministry's faulty supervision of these stores, which sell symbols that have nothing to do ‎with the Palestinian heritage, such as the Israeli Star of David and menorah (i.e., ‎candelabrum used in Jewish worship), especially in Bethlehem and Jericho... ‎Secretary-General of the Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places ‎Hanna Issa explained... the difference between the six-pointed Star of David and the ‎Christian star, which is five-pointed. This star appeared to the Shepherds in Beit ‎Sahur, [symbolizing] the birth of our lord Jesus, who was Palestinian in origin, and ‎who was the first Palestinian Martyr (Shahid)." ‎
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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.”
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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 daily columnist: Jesus is "the virtuous, patriotic, Palestinian ancestor" 
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 peace be upon him, 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, which struggles against the descendants of modern Zionist Judaism in its new colonialist form, that conspires with Western capitalists who claim to belong to Christianity.
Christ peace be upon him, the virtuous, patriotic, Palestinian ancestor, 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 that still exist and will exist as long as mankind exists. 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…Resurrection Sunday is a distinct national holiday that relates not only to Christians but to all Palestinian believers of the different religions – Islam, Christianity and Judaism.”
PA daily op-ed: Jesus was "a Canaanite Palestinian" who was "crucified and put to death by the Jews" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2013
Headline: “The resurrection of Jesus, the resurrection of the country”
Op-ed by Adel Abd Al-Rahman, columnist for the official PA daily
     “Easter…is not a holiday for Christian Palestinians only, but rather a holiday for Palestinian nationalism, because Jesus, peace be upon him, is a Canaanite Palestinian. His resurrection, three days after being crucified and put to death 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 version, which conspires with Western capitalists, who claim to affiliated to Christianity.
Jesus, peace be upon him, the virtuous patriotic Palestinian forebear who renewed the Old Testament, split away from its followers, founded his New Testament, and spread it among mankind. This made the Jews persecute him until they caught him, crucified him, and then murdered him. He later rose from the dead, like the phoenix, and began to disseminate his teachings that still exist and will exist as long as mankind exists.
Jesus’ story is his people’s story; the Zionist movement – the pawn of the capitalist West – wanted to falsify the historical facts, to exile and crucify the Palestinian Arab nation and then murder it through ethnic cleansing."

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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.”
Fatah official: Jesus was a Palestinian and the Holy Sepulchre is Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 16, 2013
PA TV's Topic of the Day interviewed Abbas Zaki, member of Fatah's Central Committee, about the anniversary of Abu Iyad's assassination. Zaki also spoke about historic ties between Christianity and Islam. 
     Abbas Zaki: "This is what is written in the Quran. That we are the nation of Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic), the nation of Jihad. All the world's Christians – who are now running after Israel – all of them know that Jesus was a Palestinian and that the Church of the Resurrection (i.e., the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem) and the Gethsemane Church are Palestinian. And praying Muslims didn't pray until after Muhammad made the Night Journey from the Sacred Mosque (in Mecca) to the Distant Mosque (Al-Aqsa, in Arabic) and ascended to heaven and descended and prayed with the prophets. And we and the Christians [are bound by] the Pact of Omar, and the time has come for Muslims to wake up. They have no prayer if they abandon Jerusalem."

Note: The Pact of Omar was a seventh century treaty between Muslims and Christians that gave some degree of religious freedom to Christians and Jews as Dhimmis, as long as they abided by certain laws and restrictions.
Fatah official Saeb Erekat: Jesus is “Palestine's first Martyr” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2012
PA TV broadcast a ceremony in Bethlehem marking the 48th anniversary of the founding of Fatah. In the audience were senior PA and Fatah leaders: Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen, Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Governor of Bethlehem Abd Al-Fattah Hamael, Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid.
Saeb Erekat, member of the Fatah Central Committee:

     “Now, let us first begin by recalling those whom we planted as seeds to grow and provide shade for us in all seasons, the brave-hearted Martyrs (Shahids). Chief among Martyrs, our commander and mentor, eternal Martyr commander, the creator of our glory, honor, and power, Yasser Arafat. Colleagues: Commander Marwan Al-Barghouti, Commander Ahmad Sa’adat, Commander Mahmoud Al-Ramahi, elder prisoner Karim Younes, and the thousands of our sons and daughters in prison and our brave wounded.
It does not make sense that at the end of the year 2012 we should be celebrating [Fatah’s 48th anniversary] here, near the birthplace and site of the suffering of Jesus, Palestine’s first Martyr (Shahid), and say to him that the children of Palestine are still being murdered by the occupation (i.e., Israel) in the Gaza Strip, and murdered in the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp (Many people , including Palestinians, were killed in Al-Yarmouk during the Syrian civil war, 2012/2013 – Ed.), and murdered in Iraq.”
PA daily: "We can be proud" that Jesus was "the first Palestinian who redeemed mankind" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2012
PA daily op-ed:
     "We can be proud, oh son of Mary, that you are the first Palestinian who redeemed mankind..."
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Ramallah district governor: "We all have a right to be proud that Jesus was a Palestinian" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 24, 2012
Governor of the Ramallah district Laila Ghannam:
     "The Palestinian pain is one and the joy is one. We all have the right to be proud that Jesus is a Palestinian and that Palestine is the birthplace of the religions..."
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Historian on PA TV says Jesus is a Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 16, 2012
Palestinian historian Khalil Shoka:
     "The Christian religion started here [Bethlehem]...The entire world is focused on this city because of its important historical and traditional role... because in the final analysis, Jesus is a Palestinian."
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PA daily: Jesus, Arafat and Abbas are Palestinians, the "holy trinity" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30, 2012
     "Jesus is a Palestinian; the self-sacrificing Yasser Arafat is a Palestinian; Mahmoud Abbas, the messenger of peace on earth, is a Palestinian. How great is this nation of the holy Trinity!"
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PA Mufti: "Jesus is a Palestinian par excellence" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 30, 2012
Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories:
     "The Palestinian nation is rooted in this land since the Canaanites and the Jebusites. The Arab presence – Christian and Islamic – on this land is uninterrupted. Jesus is a Palestinian par excellence."
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Fatah Central Committee member calls Jesus "the first Palestinian" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2012
Headline: "Seeing that at least 115 states voted in favor of the Palestinian [UN] application -- Shtayyeh: "Israeli threats to impose sanctions on the PA are empty, and insult the United Nations"
     "Fatah Central Committee Member Muhammad Shtayyeh..., when responding to journalists' questions, wondered if the application to the UN was a step for which we (the PA) should have been punished.
He recalled what was said by the first Palestinian, Jesus of Nazareth -- may peace be upon him: 'Man does not live by bread alone'. He added, 'We will not agree to their forcing us to choose between bread and freedom. Yes, we need bread, but the Palestinian is prepared to sacrifice everything dear to him in order to end the occupation and gain freedom and independence."

PA Minister of Prisoners: Jesus was the first Palestinian and the first Islamic Martyr in history 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 4, 2012
Issa Karake, PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs: 
     "We are standing at Jesus' Plaza, in front of the Church of the Nativity, [to convey] to those who uphold human rights: Take action before it is too late, take action to save [the Palestinian prisoners] the sons of Nativity, the sons of Jerusalem, and the sons of Jesus, the Palestinian, and the sons of Jesus, the Palestinian, the first prisoner and the first Martyr (Shahid) in history."
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PA TV teaches that Jesus was a Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 7, 2012
PA TV program Jerusalem Sights
Subject: Via Dolorosa
Program opens with the following text:

     "Mother – what have I done wrong? Am I not allowed to bring a message of peace from my Lord? That was the crime of Christ, the Palestinian."
PA TV host: "Jerusalem is a mother who seeks her son on the roads, a dark-skinned Palestinian who walked the Via Dolorosa… Those who are lost are guided by a Palestinian who has not changed despite his foreignness; who never left its [Jerusalem's] ground. He lived in it [the city], and he walked upon its ground."
PA leader Jibril Rajoub: Jesus was Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2011
Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: 
     "The greatest Palestinian in history since Jesus is Yasser Arafat."
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Jesus was the first Palestinian Martyr 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 3, 2010
Religious program on PA TV: This is our religion
     Author: "The Shahid (Martyr) President Yasser Arafat used to say: "Jesus was the first Palestinian Shahid (Martyr)." I heard him say that sentence many times."
PA TV Host: “He [Jesus] was a Palestinian; no one denies that.”
Author: "He [Jesus] was the first Palestinian Shahid (Martyr). He (Arafat) attributed this Martyrdom to Palestine, as well." Click here to view
Fatah proud of "Palestinian" Virgin Mary 
Source: Fatah website, Mar. 8, 2010
Fatah Communications and Education Authority statement in honor of International Women's Day from the official Fatah website:
     "If we are proud of the holiness of our land, then we are proud and pride ourselves that the first and most important holy woman among the nations and peoples is from the holy land: The Virgin Mary - the woman of love and peace - is of the nation of Palestine, whose roots are grounded in the depths of history. Our movement takes note of its pride in all the women Shahidas (Martyrs), prisoners, Palestinian fighters, who have become a model of sacrifice and a school that teaches the meaning of giving and of sacrifice."  [http://www.palvoice.com/index.php?id=23043]
PA MP: Jesus was a tortured Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 24, 2009
Mustafa Barghouti: 
     "We always remember that Jesus was the first Palestinian who was tortured in this land." Click here to view
Jesus is a Palestinian prophet 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 9, 2009
Dr. Tayseer Al-Tamimi, PA Chief Justice of Religious Court, and Chairman of Supreme Council of Islamic Law:
     "Jesus is the only Palestinian prophet."
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Jesus and Mary- Palestinians "par excellence" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 12, 2009
Palestinian Authority Mufti, Muhammad Hussein:
     "Jesus was born in this land; he took his first steps in this land and spread his teachings [of Islam] in this land. He and his mother [Mary], we may say, were Palestinians par excellence."
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Palestinians "the people of the Messiah" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 9, 2009
     "The Pope's visit is an opportunity for the Palestinian leadership to present its cause… so that His Honor [the Pope] will assume his religious and political responsibility towards the people of the Holy Land, the Arab Palestinian people, the people of the Messiah [Jesus]."
Jesus was a Palestinian prophet of Islam 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 21, 2009
The PA Mufti, Muhammad Hussein:
     "We're talking about an ongoing chain [of prophets of Islam], from Adam to Muhammad, representing the call for monotheism and the mission of Islam… The prophets were all of the same religion [Islam]… [e.g.] Jesus was born in this land in Bethlehem… He also lived in Nazareth, moved to Jerusalem, so he was a Palestinian … We respect Jesus, we believe in him [as a prophet of Islam], just as we believe in the prophet Muhammad."
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Messiah [Jesus] is Palestinian 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 18, 2008
     "We must not forget that the Messiah [Jesus], peace be upon him, is Palestinian, the son of Mary the Palestinian, who is sanctified by hundreds of millions of believers in this world."
Jesus was Palestinian, first in long line of suffering 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 30, 2008
     “Palestinians are used to death like this. The suffering of the first Palestinian – the Messiah – started with the Last Supper.”
Christianity was born in an Arab country 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 28, 2006
     “Christianity was born in our Arab countries and the Messiah [Jesus] is a Syrian Palestinian, born in Nazareth.”
Lord Messiah [Jesus] and his mother are both Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 9, 2006
     "It was quite natural that the Palestinians rose to save their sanctuaries [in Nazareth in Galilie]… since lord Messiah [Jesus] and his mother [Mary] are both Galileans and Palestinians."
The Bible used word "Palestine" to refer to land of Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 18, 2005
     “They [Christians] read in the holy book [the Bible] the name of 'Palestine' and the real [Palestinian] names of our villages and cities… We must not forget the Messiah [Jesus] is Palestinian, the son of Mary the Palestinian.”
[PMW Comment: The PA assumes that few Palestinians read the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. For were Palestinians to read the Bible they would learn that Jesus was a Jew, there was no “Palestine,” and the Hebrew names used by Israel today, including the name “Land of Israel,” are the names found in the Bible.]
Jesus was first Palestinian Shahid (died for Allah) 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 17, 2005
     “The Shahids (Martyrs) will cry, ‘We shook the palm trees alongside Lady Earth and the lady of the people, the Virgin Mary, and with her son the first Palestinian Shahid (died for Allah).”
Jesus turned water into wine in Palestinian Galilee 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 14, 2004
     “The Palestinian Galilee village [in Israel] of Kfar Kana takes pride in the fact that here the Palestinian Messiah [Jesus] succeeded in turning water into wine.”
Present-day Palestinians portrayed as Jesus 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 21, 2000
Yasser Abu Ciedo, Palestinian artist:
     "Our struggle today against the other (Israel) is an eternal one. It started 2000 years ago and continues until today. I demonstrate this through the figure of Jesus, who came to the world with a message of justice and the other side did what they did to him. Here [he shows a painting] I demonstrate the following idea: the Israeli soldiers are wearing army uniforms while Jesus has nothing except for the truth. This is the Palestinian from the beginning of the struggle until its end - if it will ever end..." Click here to view
The Jews murdered Jesus, the first Palestinian 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2000
Headline: “Nazareth: The city where the Jews murdered the first Palestinian of its [Nazareth's] sons.”

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