Jewish Community Blasts Ilhan Omar, NYTimes for Claiming Jesus Was Palestinian

‘Your need to misrepresent history and misappropriate his background to further a political cause says more about you than it does about anything else…’

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Jewish leaders denounced Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for suggesting Jesus was a Palestinian, calling it a “grotesque insult” to the Jewish people and their faith.

On Wednesday, Omar retweeted an article from a professor at Southern Methodist University, who claimed Christians should support Palestinian freedom because Jesus was likely a Palestinian himself.

Just hours before, The New York Times published an op-ed that also claimed Jesus “was most likely a Palestinian man with dark skin.”

“As I grew older, I learned that the fair-skinned, blue-eyed depiction of Jesus has for centuries adorned stained glass windows and altars in churches throughout the United States and Europe,” Eric V. Copage wrote in the op-ed, titled “As a Black Child in Los Angeles, I Couldn’t Understand Why Jesus Had Blue Eyes.”

Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an influential Jewish organization, slammed Omar and the Times for promoting such an offensive idea.

It was a “grotesque insult to Jesus born in the land of Israel and to Christianity,” Cooper told the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. “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.”

Michael Dickson, executive director of the pro-Israel group Stand With Us, also condemned Omar’s suggestion.