Misrepresentation of Jesus as a Palestinian has long been seen in the Palestinian media and that politically motivated historical revisionism is sanctioned and propagated by the Palestinian Authority and members of its dominant party Fatah.
Those watching BBC One’s faith and ethics debate show ‘The Big Questions’ on March 25th may however have been surprised to see that ahistorical notion go completely unchallenged during a discussion (available in the UK here) titled “Would Jesus be labelled an extremist today?”.
Panellist Shaykh Ruzwan Mohammed opined (from 09:34 in the video below):
“I think what you have to do is to put the person [Jesus] in his proper context.”
He went on to say:
“But I think it’s an issue of…he’s Palestinian. He was probably dark-skinned.”
Presenter Nicky Campbell responded to that claim with one word: “exactly”.
Remarkably, neither Campbell nor anyone else taking part in the debate bothered to relieve viewers of the erroneous – and politically motivated – idea that Jesus was a Palestinian.