A Jewish rabbi is not happy with The New York Times or Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for spreading the fake news that Jesus Christ was Palestinian.
Omar recently shared a tweet from Omar Suleiman, an adjunct professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University, that said, “I was once asked by a relative who is a Palestinian Christian why the Christian right in America largely supports their oppression. ‘Don’t they know we’re Christian too? Do they even consider us human? Don’t they know Jesus was a Palestinian?'”
I was once asked by a relative who is a Palestinian Christian why the Christian right in America largely supports their oppression.
"Don't they know we're Christian too? Do they even consider us human? Don't they know Jesus was a Palestinian?" https://t.co/YJDwdlIIgM
— Dr. Omar Suleiman (@omarsuleiman504) April 20, 2019
A day before that tweet, The New York Times published similar comments in an op-ed.
“Jesus, born in Bethlehem, was most likely a Palestinian man with dark skin,” read the op-ed.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate and director of Global Social Action Agenda at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said Omar and the NYT are both trying to spread “fake news” about Jesus Christ.
“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 explained to the Jewish Journal.
The rabbi also said that it’s a “grotesque insult to Jesus born in the land of Israel and to Christianity” to say that Jesus was Palestinian. Cooper said the NYT and others are trying to “rewrite” history.
Others were just as offended as Cooper by the recent attempts to characterize Jesus as Palestinian.
“Is it for real? Jesus was a Jew. What’s next? The Pope is also Palestinian? Stop lowering our IQ,” tweeted a user in response to the tweet shared by Omar.
Another said, “No, Jesus was Jewish, actually. I’m a bit surprised that a Congressperson would retweet false and inaccurate information.”
And another responded, “Unbelievable. If Omar keeps repeating outlandish lies people will believe it. Scary stuff!”
Is it for real? Jesus was a Jew. What’s next? The Pope is also Palestinian? Stop lowering our IQ
— SSI Movement (@SSI_Movement) April 22, 2019
No, Jesus was Jewish, actually. I'm a bit surprised that a Congressperson would retweet false and inaccurate information.
— Fred Menachem (@FredMenachem) April 22, 2019
Unbelievable. If Omar keeps repeating outlandish lies people will believe it. Scary stuff!
— Shlomo (@Almoshlo) April 24, 2019
Spreading fake news about Jesus Christ is only the latest controversy for Ilhan Omar. The young lawmaker has also faced accusations of anti-semitism and anti-Americanism due to recent comments.
In a set of tweets, Omar questioned the United States’ relationship with Israel and the power the nation has on American politics.
She also summed up the 9/11 terrorist attacks by saying, “some people did something.”
As if that weren’t all enough, a 2017 tweet from Omar was recently discovered where she accused American soldiers of “killing” thousands of Somalis in 1993’s Battle of Mogadishu, a military event dramatized in the popular 2001 film “Black Hawk Down.” During that battle, 19 U.S. armed forces lost their lives and 73 more were injured.
Despite all of this controversy, Omar still has the support of the left. She was honored on Wednesday as the first candidate officially endorsed by the group MoveOn for the 2020 election cycle.
MoveOn claimed in their endorsement that Omar has fought off “racist & anti-Muslim attacks” while in office. Apparently, today you can’t criticize a lawmaker for spreading false information, disparaging a U.S. ally, calling U.S. soldiers killers, or downplaying a terrorist attack on U.S. soil without being called “racist” and “anti-Muslim.”
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