Jesus was not a Palestinian, NY Times issues correction after false claim about Jesus


Close-up of Monreale Cathedral with prominent Christ Pantocrator mosaic in the apse at Palermo, Sicily, Italy

A full week after publishing an op-ed by Eric V. Copage that claimed Jesus was Palestinian, the New York Times quietly made a correction to the online article.

The original piece posted on Good Friday, April 19, was titled “As a Black Child in Los Angeles, I Couldn’t Understand Why Jesus Had Blue Eyes.”

It’s hard to imagine how the vaunted NYT editorial board would still again overlook such an egregiously offensive claim, outraging Jews and Christians. Also this past week, the Times ran and distributed globally an abhorrent anti-semitic cartoon in its international edition. After the damage was done, an apology was issued.

The Apologies-Corrections desk is keeping busy. This is the latest piece coming out from that key NY Times bureau …


Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to Jesus’s background. While he lived in an area that later came to be known as Palestine, Jesus was a Jew who was born in Bethlehem.

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A2 of the New York edition with the headline: I Wondered What Jesus Looked Like. Order Reprints

Just wondering … if one was to order reprints of the article, as offered, what version would you get?

In Townhall, Michael Brown’s rebuttal was entitled “Jesus Was Not a Palestinian.”

He starts with a clear repudiation of the idea …

Let’s set the record straight. Jesus was a Galilean Jew, not a Palestinian Muslim. He celebrated Passover, not Ramadan, and he was called “Rabbi” not “Imam.” His followers were named Yaakov and Yochanan and Yehudah, not Muhammad and Abdullah and Khalid. And he himself had one of the most common Jewish names of the day: Yeshua.

As for the name “Palestine,” it was not used in any widespread way to describe the land of Israel until 135 AD – in other words, more than 100 years after Yeshua’s death and resurrection. And it was renamed Palestine by the Romans to mock the Jewish people, thereby calling their ancient (and sacred) homeland the land of the Philistines.

Brown was writing not only about the Times editorial, which he pointed out did not once include the words “Jew” or “Israel,” but also about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s tweet that came out the day after the Times’ article in which she helped push the fiction that Jesus was Palestinian.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate and director of Global Social Action Agenda at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, also jumped into the fray, telling the Jewish Journal in an emailed statement that it’s a “grotesque insult to Jesus born in the land of Israel and to Christianity” to say that Jesus was Palestinian. “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,” said Cooper.


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