by Tazpit News Agency

PA leader Rajoub: "The greatest Palestinian in history since Jesus is Yasser Arafat."

(photo credit: Yori Yanover)

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reports that the Palestinian leadership's falsification of history by presenting Jesus as an ancient Palestinian has increased in regularity as Christmas was approaching this year. In the last month alone, the PA media has transmitted six additional PA misrepresentations of Jesus as a Palestinian, including a statement by the Governor of the Ramallah district Leila 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..."

A Palestinian historian, Khalil Shoka, further added on Dec. 16, 2012: "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."

Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, said on PA TV on Nov. 30, 2012: "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."

In addition, as PMW reports, there is an attempt to connect Jesus to the Palestinian leaders themselves. Senior PA leader Jibril Rajoub, a Fatah Central Committee member, said on PA TV on Nov. 29, 2012: "The greatest Palestinian in history since Jesus is Yasser Arafat," and an editorial in the PA official daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida referred to Arafat, Jesus and Abbas as the Palestinian "holy Trinity": "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!"

PMW has documented the ongoing PA historical revision, which falsely connects the current Palestinian-Arab population to a fabricated ancient Palestinian-Arab nation. Although there is no record of any Palestinian-Arab history and no people ever identified as being part of a Palestinian-Arab nation until very recently, the PA claims they are an ancient Palestinian people in an attempt to compete with Israel's well-documented Jewish history in the land.

As PMW notes, "While Christian tradition and the historical writings of the period portray Jesus as a Jew living in the land of Judea in Israel, the PA consistently tells its people that they are the ones connected to Jesus. This is not only a distortion of Jesus' personal history as reported in Christian writings, it is also an anachronism. The Romans changed the name of Judea to 'Palestine' in order to punish the Jewish nation after its unsuccessful rebellion, a 136 years after the alleged birth of Jesus."


Some of the comments that added useful information.


Yori Yanover says: December 28, 2012 at 4:51 AM

When Mark Twain visited the land in the late 19th century, there were about 6,000 Jews and 10,000 Arabs, give or take. In 1948 there were 600,000 Jews and 1 million Arabs. Neither group grew naturally. Jewish arrivals created industry and agriculture that attracted mingrant workers from Syria and Egypt — much like the illegal east Africans who are flocking to Israel today. Those are the Palestinians


Michael Dar says: December 28, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Brown, there was never a sovereign state or country called Palestine nor was there ever a nation, specific ethnic group of people called Palestinians me one of the many invaders and occupiers of the land who ever mentioned Palestinians...they on the other hand abundantly refered to their battles agains the Jews. Even Arabs acknowledged that there is no such thing as a Palestinian people...and that it was invented, quite recently to try to create a history and a legitimacy for themselves denying Jewish rights on the land... the nowedays so-called Palestinians were imports from the 4 courners of the Ottoman empire an later mostly illegal immigrants during the British mandate.

This article was published December 27th, 2012 in the Jewish Press. It is archived at It is based on speeches and comments taken directly from Arabic TV and newpapers and translated by the Palestine Media Watch (PMW). The initial PMW article complete with additional speeches by Arabs was written by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik; it is to be found at

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