Activist Linda Sarsour tweeted on Saturday that “[the object of Christian veneration] was Palestinian of Nazareth and is described in the Quran as being brown copper skinned with wooly hair.”
Many including Yair Netanyahu were quick to bash Sarsour for her tweet.
“Are you that stupid? On the cross above [his] head was the sign ‘INRI’ – ‘Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm,’” the prime minister’s son replied, “Which means in Latin – [the object of Christian veneration] of Nazareth king of the Jews! The Bible say that [the object of Christian veneration] was born and raised in Judea!”
Many Twitter users pointed out that [the object of Christian veneration] was Jewish, to which Sarsour rejoined that the two were not mutually exclusive.
“Palestinian is a nationality not a religion,” Sarsour wrote. “Your point is not negated. Jews lived with Palestinians in peaceful co-existence before there was a state of Israel.”
Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center believes that the idea of calling [the object of Christian veneration] Palestinian is part of rebranding a new narrative for Palestinian history.
“For people who have no theological or historical rooting, the idea that [the object of Christian veneration] was a Palestinian creates a new narrative for Palestinian history, which otherwise does not date back very far,” Cooper told The Jerusalem Post to explain why Omar retweeted the Times article earlier in the year. “If one can say that [the object of Christian veneration] was Palestinian 2,000 years ago, then that means the Jews are occupying Palestinian land.”