WAS JESUS A PALESTINIAN OR A JUDEAN?
In the lead up to both Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations next week, for Jews and Christians alike worldwide, religious persecution is raging in a surreal scenario far removed from the biblical story of shepherds and wise men.
In recent years antisemitic Christian organizations and leaders have circulated propaganda suggesting that Jesus Christ was a Palestinian. They go on to suggest that had he lived today, he would be persecuted by Israel.
In reality, Jesus Christ was born in the city of Bethlehem in Judea to a Jewish mother, in the line of King David. He was born and died a Judean Jew. The Bible makes no reference to a place called Palestine and the suggestion that he was Palestinian is not just heretical but antisemitic. The very suggestion by supposed Christians that Jesus was a Palestinian denies his position as Messiah. What Gospel are these Christians preaching? They are false prophets!
The narrative that Jesus was Palestinian is, in fact, deeply rooted in a global antisemitic movement to rob Christians of their true Hebraic heritage and align the Church with radical terrorist groups that seek the annihilation of the Jewish State. The fictitious notion that Jesus was a Palestinian is the illegitimate child of Palestinian terrorists and replacement theologians that could ultimately lead to violent attacks against Jews worldwide.
Today the Christian community in Bethlehem has been reduced from the majority to a tiny persecuted minority under the Palestinian Authority. Large red signs can be seen on the entrances to Bethlehem declaring it as a no-go area for Israelis. If Jesus were alive today, he’d be labeled a Jewish Settler and barred from entering Bethlehem.
There is a world climate of religious unrest in this season of “all is calm, all is bright.”
Last week alone, eight separate anti-Israel resolutions were adopted by the UN General Assembly in a session ignoring heightening global crisis to focus exclusively on the Jewish State’s violations of humanitarian law.
I have just this week released a statement noting that as the Special Envoy to the United Nations for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches (WCICC) and President of Proclaiming Justice to The Nations, I am standing to call for the condemnation of the UN's Decolonization Committee's biased resolutions against Israel that were adopted last week, as well as its refusal to condemn Christian persecution that is sweeping Europe, Asia and Africa. The eradication of Christians and other minorities by violent means has been revealed to be a specific objective of groups in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria and the Philippians in recent memory. The level and nature of these persecutions have arguably come close to meeting the international definition of genocide, according to the criteria of that definition adopted by the UN. And yet silence has prevailed through all atrocities in favor of focus in demonizing the Jewish State.
A report commissioned by the British foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, that was featured in The Guardian earlier this year; found that the overwhelming majority (80%) of persecuted believers worldwide are Christian.
Tragically, the UN has utterly failed in its responsibilities because they're too busy trying to portray Israel as "an apartheid state," completely ignoring the real persecutions happening while demonizing the Jewish State. A glaring example happened last month when the UN Assembly sat silently amidst the barrage of 400 rockets aimed at the destruction of innocent Jewish lives.
For Christians and Jews alike, the little town of Bethlehem and the Israel of the Bible are once again focal points in a very different sense of violence and unrest.
We join with you in thanking God for the ability to remember and the freedom to celebrate what is true and just in this season of blessings with family and friends.