Sunday, May 12, 2019

Arguing about the heritage of Jesus

The NY Post reports:
A rabbi has called out US Rep. Ilhan Omar for retweeting a New York Times op-ed that suggested Jesus was a Palestinian.

The freshman Democrat from Minnesota shared an April 20 tweet from Omar Suleiman, an adjunct professor of Islamic studies at Southern Methodist University, who said a Palestinian relative told him about the “Christian right”: “Don’t they know we’re Christian too? Do they even consider us human? Don’t they know Jesus was a Palestinian?”

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate and director of Global Social Action Agenda at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told the Jewish Journal that it’s a “grotesque insult to Jesus born in the land of Israel and to Christianity” to say that Jesus was a Palestinian.

“Palestine was a name made up by Romans after they crucified thousands, destroyed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and exiled the People of Israel from their homeland,” Cooper said in an email to the news outlet. ...

He added: “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.” ...

“The absurdity of it is breathtaking,” Cooper said. “Jesus was born in Bethlehem, think about who his parents were — his mother, Mary, was betrothed to Joseph, a carpenter. In the Gospels, there is no mention of Palestine, only Judea, which is where Jews lived.”
I thought that Jews who live in Palestine are Palestinians. And Arabs who are citizens of Israel are Israelis.

Since the Roman Empire occupied the area 2k years ago, it seems possible that Jesus was a Roman. A lot of people seem to think that he would have looked Jewish, but we don't know that.

Meanwhile, I see that one of my favorite blogs, Chateau Heartiste, has been shut down by Wordpress. No explanation has been given. I did not notice that it violated any law or terms of service. Most of all, it was a red pill site, that faced the realities of human nature. It also mercilessly mocked prominent leftists. There is a leftist war on free speech going on.

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