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Abbas Reveals How the Palestinian Authority Stole Christmas

Mahmoud Abbas in the Church of Nativity

Mahmoud Abbas in the Church of Nativity
Photo Credit: Yosssi Zamir/FLASH90

The Palestinian Authority has used a video and the revision of history to turn Christmas into a tool to rewrite history, with Jesus having been born in a “Palestinian” city and modern-day Christians suddenly being an “integral part of the Palestinian people.”

Christians, like Jews, were denied access to holy sites during the Jordan occupation from 1949 until 1967. The PA regime in Bethlehem has been heavily influenced by Islamists and Christians, once a majority in the city, have fled the city and only a small minority remain.

The Palestinian Authority the past several years has tried to show that Christians were forced to leave Bethlehem because of economic conditions, and Abbas this year has issued an official later stating, “We celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem under occupation. This Christmas Eve, our hearts and prayers will be with the millions who are being denied their right to worship in their homeland.”

He turned the Christians from being a minority into being “an integral part…of the rich mosaic of this free, sovereign, democratic and pluralistic Palestine we aspire to have and as established in our declaration of independence and draft constitution.”

Abbas has been ruling the “democratic” Palestinian Authority for more than five years since the end of his term of office following the first, last and only elections.

The “rich mosaic” in the Palestinian Authority  does not include Jews, who he repeatedly has declared will not be permitted to live in a future PA state and whose ancient synagogues dot Judea and Samaria, from Kever Yosef in the north to Samoa and Susiya in the south and Jericho to the east.

Abbas called Jesus a “Palestinian messenger who would become a guiding light for millions around the world. …This Christmas Eve, our hearts and prayers will be with the millions who are being denied their right to worship in their homeland.”

That leaves open the question of who is denying whom their rights?

Israeli opened up holy sites to all religions after the Six-Day War in 1967. Since the Oslo Accords, which heralded the American vision of a “New Middle East,” the Palestinian Authority has systemically worked to bar Jews from praying at synagogues at Kever Yosef (Cave of Joseph) in Shechem, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the ancient synagogue in Jericho.

Abbas’ holiday statement tried to convince people to feel sorry for the Palestinian Authority by conjuring up the image of “our people in Gaza, trapped under siege, and of those who are prevented from worshipping in Bethlehem. “

He apparently was referring to the tiny number of Christians remaining in Gaza, where the Hamas regime has harassed them and burned churches and Christian book stores.

Abbas, never missing an opportunity to create demands that to end an opportunity for a PA state, also brought into his statement the Arabs living in UNRWA “refugee camps in Beirut…along with all of our Palestinian refugees – Christians and Muslims – uprooted from their hometowns in 1948 and who, since that time, have suffered the vicissitudes of a forced exile.”

They are refugees only because the United Nations has made then refugees, a status ti does not extend to any other world refugee’s second generation. The designation also has helped Lebanon and other host countries to refuse them citizenship.

Abbas even reached to South and North American to ask the world to feel sorry for the “Bethlehemites [who] will be lighting their candles in Santiago de Chile, Chicago, San Pedro de Sula, Melbourne and Toronto.”

He also put in a good word for Pope Francis, who is scheduled to visit Bethlehem in May, where he will continue the Vatican’s pro-Palestinian Authority agenda.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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14 Responses to “Abbas Reveals How the Palestinian Authority Stole Christmas”

  1. So they can keep it. It’s a celebration to Oden anyway..

  2. These arabs leaders are stupid when it absurdly to deceive and distort the history, the story is a single palestine never existed.

  3. Joseph Colen says:

    The people who want to believe lies will be here for a while. When the messiah comes then that political and pundits nonsense will end. Meanwhile we have to be careful with pundits who lie in our country and in our religion.

  4. Lisa Kamins says:

    surprise, surprise. the liars, cheats and murderers make the press again, selling more of their outrageous lies. any one who chooses to believe this evidently wants to be deceived and lied to. there is a lot of lying going on in the media these days. glad there are at least a few papers that care about the truth. thanks for letting us know about the lies. thanks for working to spread the truth.

  5. Unfurtunatly lies seem to be stronger than trueth when attack us.

  6. Joseph Sanchez says:

    My brothers and sisters, we must put away are hate, because in time (very soon) THE THRUTH WILL BE REVEALED! ON THAT DAY OUR GOD WILL STAND VICTORIOUS in a mighty LOVING WAY!.

  7. Terry Beals says:

    Now that is a politician for you. No matter where you find them, the politician has the uncanny ability to twist words to make it sound like he and his agenda is suffering when he is actually robbing the populace of their finances and freedoms.

  8. Abbas and the PA are liars to the core.
    How dare they insult Jesus that he was a palestinian.
    There never were any Plaestinians when Jesus was born.
    Jesus was born and died a Jew. He was never a Christian, He knew nothing of christianity, a rligion born long after his death.

    I hope the Christian world will wake up to this palestinian lie, and tell Abbas to join Arafat in hell, where he belongs.

  9. Lloyd Bergner says:

    muslims are masters of deceit, corruption and Judeo-Christian hatred..the koran clearly states that the Jew and Christian "are your sworn enemy"

  10. Sam Gilon says:

    I don't understand why everybody gets excited whenever that ex-KGB agent and holocaust denier, a gangster in an Armani suit, the so called "President of the Pestilinian Authority" (a.k.a. Yertle the Turtle) opens his little dirty mouth. It's about time that Israel begins officially to treat him and the other gangsters surrounding him (all loyal Jozef Goebbels disciples) with due contemp, for what they really are…A civilized dialogue is not somethimg that you undertake with such people.

  11. Yechiel Baum says:

    Let abbas have jesus and the Christians since they too are no friends of the Jews.

    arabs are the illegitimate childrens of Abraham and his Egyptian harlot servant Hagar

    Jesus comes from a family who hung around prostitutes, thieves and homosexuals.

    Ironiocally, the arabs went to war against the Christians using the moors and expelled many Christians from Bethlehem, Lebanon, Eygpt, etc. hence, the pagan history keeps getting more distorted by the revisionist arabs,

  12. Barry Jones says:

    Ignorance is always unacceptable and should not claim the forum of free speech. That is how bigots and racists sneak under the radar of a reasonable and tolerant system. Trouble is, once in they show themselves far worse even than those they hate. Jesus is the most famous Jew in all the world. I am a gentile but given the choice I would choose to be a Hebrew descendant of Jacob. That is not to say I believe every Israeli is a fine person there are some who bring only discredit on their race with uninformed and quite despicable hatred Yechiel.

  13. Denis M Brummer says:

    Oooh well so admit that Israël was a) much bigger b) palestina is not c) they lie all the time d) palestina was grounded AFTER the jews were forced out Israël e) I can go on forever!!!

  14. Lyvia Sandra Hutapea says:

    yupssss… be careful with pundits who lie in each country n also religion

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