Saeb Erekat Points to Wrong Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Turnspeak: the cynical inverting or distortion of facts which, for example, makes the victim appear as culprit. And the palestinians are turnspeak ninjas.

Our good friend Saeb Erekat (and by good friend I really mean insufferable shameless liar) has again demonstrated this technique in all its glory.

Secretary General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) said that “While the world is celebrating Christmas with its spirit of peace and joy, the Grinch ‘occupation’ decided to steal the Christmas spirit from the people of Palestine.”

Erekat is accusing us of stealing Christmas from the palestinians. Yet it is the palestinians who stole Christmas. And Jesus for that matter!

For years, the Palestinian Authority and Fatah have presented Jesus as a Palestinian, as part of its fabricating an ancient Palestinian history.

This year was no exception. On the occasion of Christmas, a top Fatah official spoke of Jesus as “the first Palestinian” and “‘Christmas is one of the permanent Palestinian symbols.”

In their historical revision, the PA and Fatah ignore that Jesus was a Jew (“Judean”) according to Christian tradition and that the Roman Empire changed the name of the land Judea into “Palestine” only a hundred years after Jesus lived. In spite of the dishonesty, senior PA and Fatah leaders have consistently presented Jesus and his mother Mary as Palestinians and Jesus as “the first Palestinian Martyr,” and the first Palestinian refugee, as documented by Palestinian Media Watch.

The following is a statement from PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad yesterday at Khan Al-Ahmar, a site where Palestinian Bedouins have illegally erected buildings and dwellings.

“The lighting of the Christmas tree each year has many meanings in Palestine… Christmas is one of the permanent Palestinian symbols, and the whole world follows Mass in Bethlehem…

The children of Khan Al-Ahmar are happy about the lighting of this tree, as it is the symbol of the first Palestinian, Jesus, peace be upon him. We, the members of the Palestinian people, are celebrating Christmas together with everyone in the land of Palestine…’

The same false claims about Jesus were repeated by Secretary-General of the National Initiative [and PA Parliament member] Mustafa Barghouti:

“Jesus, who was born on this land, was a Palestinian and defeated his suffering.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 20, 2018]

A few among the many examples of PA and Fatah leaders calling Jesus a Palestinian include:

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas stated that: “We celebrate the birth of Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and peace.” [WAFA, Dec. 22, 2014]

Heck, even Linda Sarsour knows the truth!

No, Saeb. You guys are the stealing Grinches. And it doesn’t end there.

A flyer featuring a burning Christmas tree and threats in Arabic forbidding the celebration of Christmas was published by the Al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades, also known as the Specialty Brigade, in Gaza ahead of the Christian holiday.

A verse from the Quran, quoted on the left side of the flyer, warns Muslims “not to go the way of the Jews and the Christians, indeed God is not for the evil people.” The brigades added that it is “absolutely forbidden” to celebrate the holidays in any capacity.

According to a government source, the flyer was aimed not only at Muslims, but also Arab Christians living in the Strip. The non-governmental organization Freedom House has regularly reported that the political rights and civil liberties of Gaza residents are severely constrained by multiple layers of interference.

Funny how Erekat doesn’t mention that.

Or the shameless stealing of Christmas symbols – like Santa – for their own propaganda purposes.

No Saeb, don’t deflect. The Grinches are closer to home. Way closer.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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