By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Arafat used to do it all the time. Present day Palestinian leadership is carrying on the tradition. The Palestinians call Jesus a Palestinian.
In an email he just sent around the world PA President Mahmoud Abbas called Jesus a Palestinian. He wrote Jesus was a "Palestinian messenger who would become a guiding light for millions."
That's like calling Jesus an Israeli. And Jesus was not an Israeli.
Jesus was a Jew - he was not an Israeli and he was not a Palestinian.
Obviously, Islamic leadership cannot call Jesus the "Savior." Interestingly, the Muslim world has great difficulty even calling him "prophet."
In his email, Abbas called Jesus a "messenger" so as not to upset or, even better, to insult Muslim leadership around the world.
Jesus has his place in history. The fact that he does not play a role in Muslim history should not pose a problem. The Palestinians must stop abusing history.
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