In Australia there was a scandal around the article, published in the journal New Matilda two Palestinians, Samaha Sabawi and Bassam dally, the members of the organization Australia Palestine Advocacy Network, in which it was affirmed that Jesus Christ was the Palestinians, and the Palestinian Arabs – his descendants.
In this submission highlights that Australia Palestine Advocacy Network maintains contact with the Unification Church of Australia – one of the largest religious structures of the Green continent – which strongly disagree with this statement.
In the article referred to reads as follows: «an Official delegation representing our country in Israel, has added fuel to the fire of extremism, applauding well-known violators of human rights and offending the living descendants of Christ in his homeland in Palestine.»
Peter Wertheim, the head of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, sent a letter to the President of the Unification Church of Australia Stuart McMillan, in which he wrote: «the Assertion that Jesus was a Palestinian, and the Palestinian Arabs – his descendants, is absurd, offensive and deserves immediate and decisive refutation».
Wertheim believes that this statement is another attempt to «annul the Jewishness of Jesus, but also common origins of Christianity and Judaism, aimed at depriving the Promised Land any connection with Jews and their religion.»
Macmillan responded to this message as follows: «I Want to assure you that the Unification Church will not accept the version according to which Jesus was allegedly a Palestinian. We are convinced that he and his early followers were Jews. Jesus was born not in Israel and not in Palestine – his homeland is occupied by the Romans the province of Judea. And we consider unacceptable the attempts by some to gain political capital in assigning the place of Christ’s birth, Bethlehem, which has no relation to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.