Rabbi blasts Ilhan Omar, NYT for pushing claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian,’ not Jewish
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. is being criticized for retweeting a tweet that claims Jesus was a "Palestinian." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
A Jewish rabbi is calling out a Muslim lawmaker — who has been accused of anti-Semitism – and the New York Times for pushing the notion that Jesus was a Palestinian.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate and director of Global Social Action Agenda at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, called out Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. after she retweeted a tweet from Omar Suleiman, an adjunct professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University, who said a Palestinian relative asked him why the "Christian right in America largely supports their oppression."
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Suleiman wrote that his relative asked: "Don't they know Jesus was a Palestinian?"
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. is being criticized for retweeting a tweet that claims Jesus was a "Palestinian."
The day before the tweet, a New York Times op-ed claimed: “Jesus, born in Bethlehem, was most likely a Palestinian man with dark skin.”
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Cooper accused the NYT of "fake news" and said both are trying to "rewrite" history with the claim.
“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 told the Jewish Journal.
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Others called out Omar following the retweet.
"No, Jesus was Jewish, actually," Fred Menachem, a media commentator wrote. "I'm a bit surprised that a Congressperson would retweet false and inaccurate information."
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The account for Students Supporting Israel said: "Is it for real? Jesus was a Jew. What's next? The Pope is also Palestinian? Stop lowering our IQ."
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The NYT and Omar are not the first to make that claim. Jeremiah Wright, the controversial pastor who preached at a Chicago church attended by President Barack Obama, claimed "Jesus was a Palestinian" years ago at a Nation of Islam event.
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