Just as he does every December, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, along with other PA officials, made the Christmastime claim that Jesus Christ was a Palestinian, rather than a Judean. What an insult to Christianity and Christian history to have this Jew Hater spew out this filth which denigrates Christianity and the Son of God. Abbas, a suicide bomber, has resorted to what can be called hallucinations of the mind. So now we have it, according to Mazen, Jesus is a Palestinian Muslim.
The facts from the new testament, text defines Jesus as a Jewish resident of Judea. The Roman Empire changed the name of “Judea” to “Palestine” one hundred years after Jesus’s death.
Palestinian Christians have suffered as dhimmis for centuries. An English traveler in the Holy Land in 1816, for example, remarked that Christians were not permitted to ride on horseback without express permission from the Muslim Pasha.5
Other European travelers to the Holy Land mentioned the practice whereby “a dhimmi must not come face to face with a Muslim in the street but pass him to the left, the impure side,” and described how Christians were humiliated and insulted in the streets of Jerusalem until the mid-1800s. The British consul in Jerusalem wrote that in the Holy Land, particularly in Jerusalem until 1839, Christians were pushed into the gutter by any Muslim who would swear: “turn to my left, thou dog.” They were forbidden to ride on a mount in town or to wear bright clothes.
From 1953 until 1967, Jordan undertook to Islamize the Christian quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem by laws forbidding Christians to buy land and houses….It ordered the compulsory closure of schools on Muslim holidays and authorized mosques to be built near churches, thus preventing any possibility of enlargement.
In Israel, too, Muslim fundamentalists seek to assert dominance over Christian Arabs. “Attacks against and condemnation of Christians are also often heard in mosques, in sermons and in publications of the Muslim Movement.”16 In Nazareth, a significant clash developed in recent years when Muslims sought to build a grand mosque next to the Basilica of the Annunciation, the dominant Christian landmark in the town
The PA, in fact, denies historic Jewish – and thus Christian – ties to Jerusalem. Walid M. Awad, Director of Foreign Publications in the Palestinian Ministry of Information, asserted: “The location of the [Jewish] Temple on the Temple Mount is in question….There are scholars who say that it might be in Jericho or somewhere else 4 kilometers outside of Jerusalem.” Asked “The New Testament talks of Jesus going to the Temple in Jerusalem. Are you suggesting that Jesus went to Jericho rather than Jerusalem?” he responded, “It depends on what temple you think he went to.”44 U.S. Ambassador Dennis Ross asserted: “The only new idea [Arafat] raised at Camp David was that the temple didn’t exist in Jerusalem.”
Continuing the Islamic tradition of Saladin – who constructed two mosques contiguous to and taller than the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – mosques have mushroomed adjacent to and usually taller than churches. Loudly amplified Muslim sermons have been aired during Christian services, including the Pope’s April 2000 address in Nazareth, which had to be halted until the Muslim call to prayer was concluded.
Christians should start demanding blood for blood when it comes to Muslim incitement. Prayers only go so far.