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This Christmas, Let's Remember, Jesus Was A Palestinian

2012 was another human rights disaster for the Arabs in Palestine.

On Christmas Day this year the World will again celebrate the birth of Jesus but needs to loudly and publicly proclaim the truth that Jesus was a Palestinian. Goodhearted and honest Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Jews, Animists, Agnostics and Atheists would all agree that Jesus was a wonderful humanitarian,  and an outstanding moral philosopher. All of us, from Atheists to Zoroastrians, recognize Jesus as the most renowned Indigenous  Palestinian. Today under US-, UK-, Canada- and Australia-backed and racist Zionist-run Apartheid Israel the land of Palestine has been 90% ethnically cleansed of Indigenous Palestinians, 75% of Christian Palestinians have fled the Occupied West Bank, and Palestine, one of the oldest civilizations in the world, is peculiar in being denied de facto statehood and remains violently occupied by a nuclear terrorist, rogue state run by genocidally racist European colonizers.

Palestine is the land west of the Jordan River and derives its name from the Philistine sea people who settled the coastal region in circa 1200 BC and are referred to from that time onwards by the Egyptians and thence by the Assyrians in circa 740BC. Canaanite, the name given to Palestinians in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, refers to people trading in the purple cloth of the great Semitic Phoenician civilization. The great 5th century Greek historian  Herodotus (c irca 484 – 425 BC)   referred to ”These Phoenicians… now inhabit  the sea coast of Syria; that part of Syria and as much of it as reaches Egypt, is all called Palestine”. The Jewish Roman historian connected with the Hasmonean Jewish aristocracy, Josephus (37-circa 100 CE),  was involved in the First Jewish Roman War (67-33 CE) but thence rejected  rebellion against Rome as inspired by fanatics. Josephus referred to Jews as among the inhabitants of Palestine (see “The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia”, volume 3).

The forebears of the Indigenous Palestinians were the Semitic inhabitants of Palestine and participants in the agrarian revolution in the Fertile Crescent that was one major nucleus of human agrarian civilization. The Holy Bible (Genesis 15.18-21 ) refers to the complexity of the population of the region: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram [Abraham] , saying, unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: the Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” There is no Egyptian record of the Exodus of the Israelites (see Shlomo Sand, “The Invention of the Jewish People” ) but the Holy Bible refers to the inhabitants of Palestine to be ethnically cleansed by the Israelites, namely (South to North), the Midianites, Edomites, Amalekites, Moabites, Jebusites, Philistines, Canaanites, Ammonites, Amorites, Gileadites, Bashanites and Phoenicians (see Martin Gilbert, “Jewish History Atlas”).

According to the Biblical accounts, acting on the orders of their Lord, the Israelites  ethnically cleansed Jericho (Joshua 6.12: “And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword”), Ai (Joshua 8.26: “For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai” ), Makke'-dah, La'-chish, Lib'-nah, Eg'-lon, Hebron, De'-bir (Joshua 10.39: “And he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cites thereof; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining as he had done to Hebron, so he did to De'-bir, and to the king thereof; as he had done also to Lib'-nah, and to her king”) and thence  the Galillee of Gileadites and Bashanites (Deuteronomy 3.6: “And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon, King of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women , and children of every city”.  

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