Activist Linda Sarsour tweeted that Jesus was a Palestinian on Sunday, echoing rep. Ilhan Omar in April, who retweeted a New York Times op-ed by Eric V. Copage, which claimed that “Jesus, born in Bethlehem, was most likely a Palestinian man with dark skin.”

“Are you that stupid?” Yair Netanyahu chimed in.

“Jesus was Palestinian of Nazareth,” Sarsour wrote on Saturday. “And is described in the Quran as being brown copper skinned with wooly hair.”

Jesus was Palestinian of Nazareth and is described in the Quran as being brown copper skinned with wooly hair.

— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) July 6, 2019

Many, including Yair Netanyahu, were quick to bash Sarsour for her tweet.

“Are you that stupid? On the cross above Jesus’ head was the sign “INRI”- “Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm”,” the Prime Minister’s son replied, “Which means in Latin- Jesus of Nazareth king of the Jews! The Bible say that Jesus was born and raised in Judea!”

Many twitter users pointed out that Jesus was Jewish, which Sarsour rejoined that the two were not mutually exclusive.

“Palestinian is a nationality not a religion,” Sarsour wrote. “Your point is not negated. Jews lived with Palestinians in peaceful co-existence before there was a state of Israel.”

Palestinian is a nationality not a religion. Your point is not negated. Jews lived with Palestinians in peaceful co-existence before there was a state of Israel.

— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) July 6, 2019

Sarsour insisted that what she said was true, explaining that after being reported on Twitter, the social media site did not remove her comments.

“Folks reported my tweet that Jesus was a Palestinian,” Sarsour said. “Twitter was obviously like this doesn’t violate our standards. It’s also true. Jesus was born in Bethlehem which is in Palestine. Move on.”

Folks reported my tweet that Jesus was a Palestinian. twitter was obviously like this doesn’t violate our standards. It’s also true. Jesus was born in Bethlehem which is in Palestine. Move on.
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) July 6, 2019

She then proceeded to get political adding, “Why so upset by the truth. Jesus was born in Bethlehem aka بيت لحم in Arabic. Bethlehem is in Palestine. It’s currently militarily occupied by Israel and home to a predominately beautiful Palestinian Christian community. Yes, the birthplace of Jesus is under military occupation.”

Why so upset by the truth. Jesus was born in Bethlehem aka بيت لحم in Arabic. Bethlehem is in Palestine. It’s currently militarily occupied by Israel and home to a predominately beautiful Palestinian Christian community. Yes, the birthplace of Jesus is under military occupation. https://t.co/xiseLoylYL
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) July 6, 2019

Bethlehem is in PALESTINE. The erasure is repulsive. https://t.co/YoNFcChiCm
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) July 6, 2019

This is not the first time this claim has been made by a political persona. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been quoted saying that Jesus Christ was a Palestinian, rather than a Judean during Christmas time in 2014.

“We celebrate the birth of Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and peace, which has guided millions from the moment that his message came out from a small grotto in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago,” Abbas said in his annual holiday message.

While most scholars agree that Jesus existed, there is no physical or archeological evidence for him and what his life might have looked at. However, all three of the monotheistic religions acknowledge him, as well as the famous Jewish historian Josephus.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center believes that the idea of calling Jesus Palestinian is part of rebranding of a new narrative for Palestinian history.

“For people who have no theological or historical rooting, the idea that Jesus was a Palestinian creates a new narrative for Palestinian history, which otherwise does not date back very far. If one can say that Jesus was Palestinian 2,000 years ago, then that means the Jews are occupying Palestinian land,” Cooper told theJerusalem Postto help explain why Omar retweeted the Timesarticle earlier in the year.

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