(JNS.org) A recent op-ed in
the Palestinian Authority’s official daily publication called Jesus a “virtuous patriotic Palestinian
forefather” and claimed Easter is “not a holiday for Christian Palestinians
only but a holiday for Palestinian nationalism, because Jesus, may he rest in
peace, is a Canaanite Palestinian,” Palestinian
Media Watch reported.
Jesus. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Christian tradition affirms that Jesus
was born Jewish, but the May 6 op-ed in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida states Palestinians are Jesus’s
descendants and “rose from the ashes, like the phoenix, from the ruins of the
Nakba (the Palestinian term for the 1948 establishment of Israel) and the Naksa
(the Palestinian term for Israel’s victory in the Six Day War).”
The resurrection of
Jesus, which Christians celebrate on Easter, “reflects the Palestinian
narrative, which struggles against the descendants of modern Zionist Judaism,
in its new colonialist form, that conspires with the Western capitalists who
claim to belong to Christianity,” the op-ed says.