The official daily of the Palestinian Authority published an image that compared a terrorist who murdered an Israeli teenager to the founder of Christianity.
The Al-Hayat Al-Jadida official Palestinian Authority (PA) daily earlier this month published a cartoon portraying terrorist Samer Arabid crucified, similar to the crucifixes worn by Christian believers, reported Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
Arabid, a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist, was arrested in September with two others for detonating a bomb that murdered 17-year-old Israeli Rina Shnerb and injured her father and brother near the Dolev spring on August 26.
Arabid was hospitalized for two weeks soon after his arrest, and the PA claimed that it was a result of his interrogation. Having allegedly been injured by Jews, the official PA daily published a cartoon portraying the terrorist as Jesus on the cross, PMW explained.
“Portraying a Palestinian terrorist suspected of murder as Jesus is in keeping with the PA’s rewriting history and its fundamental support of terror, which claims that Jesus was the first Palestinian martyr, and that terrorist murderers are heroes,” said PMW on Tuesday.
The Palestinians often attempt to portray Jesus, a Jewish rabbi, as an ancient Palestinian in their ongoing attempt to fabricate a Palestinian history that never existed.
Annually, around Christmas time, PA officials repeat this theme. For instance, Palestinian historian Khalil Shoka said in December 2012 that “the Christian religion started here [in Bethlehem]. The entire world is focused on this city because of its important historical and traditional role… because in the final analysis, Jesus is a Palestinian.”
Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, said on PA TV in November that year that “the Palestinian nation is rooted in this land since the Canaanites and the Jebusites. The Arab presence – Christian and Islamic – on this land is uninterrupted. Jesus is a Palestinian par excellence.”
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