Critics mocked a year-old video made by University of Detroit Mercy adjunct law professor Amer Zahr that was retweeted by Palestinian Authority official Saeb Erakat this week.
The video in question [embedded below] has Zahr repeating and elaborating on the historical falsehood that Jesus was a Palestinian.
"Not one person mentioned in that video would have self-identified as 'Palestinian,'" blogger Elder of Ziyon wrote. "They were Jews (with a Greek or two thrown in.) Calling Jesus 'Palestinian' makes as much sense as calling King David 'Palestinian' and it is very offensive. Appropriating Jewish history itself is much more offensive than people calling falafel 'Israeli.'"
Daniel Schwammenthal, the director of the American Jewish Committee's Transatlantic Institute, tweeted, "Is there anything sadder than trying to steal another people's history? The inventor of the Jenin massacre blood libel, @ErakatSaeb, promotes another big lie: Jesus was... Palestinian. This version of that tired historical appropriation is from @BernieSanders surrogate @AmerZahr."
With the Jewish holiday of Hannukah in the same season, why didn't Zahr also try to claim that Judah Maccabee, who lived a few hundred years before Jesus, was a Palestinian too?