According to UNWRA, “The original story of Christmas began over 2,000 years ago with a family from Palestine seeking refuge.”
Believe it or not, their e-mails to supporters with these alternative facts were sent this month in order to promote their pro-Palestinian Arab political agenda and to raise funds for Palestinians. It is a cynical and brazen piece of propaganda using the ultimate Christian story in order to raise money for Palestinian Muslims.
Jesus a Palestinian? I am sure you haven’t heard that one before. He actually was Jewish and if he tried to get into PA controlled Bethlehem today, his chances of survival would be minimal.
Mary and Joseph refugees? I am not sure that seeking a room at an inn is quite the same as fleeing war or famine but UNWRA is re-writing history here so they aren’t too worried about insignificant details - like facts.
From Palestine? Palestine (Syria Palestina) is the name given to Israel by the Romans at least one century after the death of Jesus and over 400 years before the birth of Islam. Muslims first came to the Land of Israel when their armies left the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century C.E. to try to conquer the world.
UNWRA is using Christianity and a distortion of truth to make a political point and to ask for donations.
Here. Read the e-mail for yourself:
DEAR <<FIRST NAME>>,
THE ORIGINAL STORY OF CHRISTMAS BEGAN OVER 2,000 YEARS AGO WITH A FAMILY FROM PALESTINE SEEKING REFUGE. IN THAT SPIRIT, WE’RE COLLECTING GIFTS THIS MONTH TO HELP REFUGEES NOT ONLY SURVIVE, BUT THRIVE.
IN CASE YOU MISSED LAST NIGHT’S EMAIL, FOR A LIMITED TIME, ALL DONATIONS MADE ONLINE WILL BE DOUBLED UP TO $75,000! CHOOSE YOUR GIFT AND DONATE NOW BEFORE THE MATCH EXPIRES.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND FOR THE INVESTMENT YOU WILL MAKE IN THE LIVES OF PALESTINE REFUGEES. WISHING YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES HEALTH, HAPPINESS, PEACE, AND PROSPERITY IN 2018 AND ALWAYS!
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
(Note: Christians United for Israel are also up in arms at the PA's rewriting of Christian history.)