As Christians who stand for Israel celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ, Palestinian leadership was also trying to lay claim to him as they continue their efforts to construct a false ancient history for themselves. Writing at JNS, Palestinian Media Watch's Itamar Marcus writes that Fatah are claiming that Jesus was the "first Palestinian":
For years, the Palestinian Authority and Fatah have presented Jesus as a Palestinian as part of its fabricating an ancient Palestinian history.
This year was no exception. On the occasion of Christmas, a top Fatah official spoke of Jesus as “the first Palestinian” and “Christmas is one of the permanent Palestinian symbols.”
In their historical revision, the P.A. and Fatah ignore that Jesus was a Jew (“Judean”) according to Christian tradition, and that the Roman Empire changed the name of the land Judea into “Palestine” only 100 years after Jesus lived.
In spite of the dishonesty, senior P.A. and Fatah leaders have consistently presented Jesus and his mother Mary as Palestinians, and Jesus as “the first Palestinian martyr” and the first Palestinian refugee...