Self-described “Palestinian-American-Muslim” activist Linda Sarsour, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, has thoughtfully affirmed the Jewish presence in ancient Israel this week with a tweet about Jesus of Nazareth.
Sarsour was attempting to create a “Palestinian” presence with her post by claiming the founder of Christianity was a “Palestinian of Nazareth.” As proof, she pointed to the Quran, which she said described his appearance as being “brown copper skinned with wooly hair.”
It’s nice that Sarsour acknowledges the presence of Jesus in Nazareth – and that she also acknowledges that he was a Jew – which thus clearly documents the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel more than 2,000 years ago, “Palestinian” notwithstanding.
Palestine is not a religion.
Palestinian is someone born in Palestine or a descendant of Palestinians.
Palestinian is a nationality.
So when someone says Jesus was born in modern day Palestine that doesn’t negate that he was a Jew. ??♀️
The hate is real. It breeds ignorance.
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour)
There are other proofs as well, naturally, that might make Sarsour a bit uncomfortable, which were tweeted by the American Jewish Committee:
Mentions of Judea in the New Testament: 48
Mentions of Palestine in the New Testament: 0
Which makes sense, because the name “Palestine” was only applied to the region by the Romans in 135 CE.
Try cracking a history book, Linda. It’ll blow your mind. https://t.co/1IeDrsbG4e
— AJC (@AJCGlobal)
And sadly, a few more uncomfortable facts, courtesy of the Judean Peoples Front:
No, alternate facts do not exist.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Roman-occupied Judea.
Jesus’ birthplace has dropped from 80% Christian to barely 10% since handed to the PA.
Jesus was a Judean Jew & would be bared by PA from buying a house in his hometown if he tried today.
— Judean Peoples Front (@JudeanPF)
Sarsour and others like her tend to close their eyes to historic reality and to the more unpleasant realities of modern-day life in the Palestinian Authority. They would prefer to promote the image of a bucolic village life being disrupted and destroyed by the brutal Israeli armed forces.
Nothing could be further from the truth; unfortunately, were it not for the IDF, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas most likely would have been dead years ago, and Iranian-backed Hamas would have been ruling the Palestinian Authority with the same iron fist still gripping the impoverished residents of the Gaza Strip.