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December 24, 2013 12:27 pm

In Christmas Message Abbas Claims Jesus was Palestinian

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Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: World Economic Forum.

JNS.org Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is drawing criticism for a Christmas message in which he claimed Jesus was a Palestinian.

“In Bethlehem, more than 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born, a Palestinian messenger who would become a guiding light for millions around the world,” Abbas said. “As we Palestinians strive for our freedom two millennia later, we do our best to follow his example.”

Abbas “should have read the Gospel before uttering such offensive nonsense, but we will forgive him because he doesn’t know what he’s doing,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told the Times of Israel.

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