An Australian Christian congregational union has affirmed that Jesus was Jewish at the behest of a local community organization this week.
The Executive Council of Australian Jewry wrote to the Uniting Church in Australia after activists associated with the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network accused Israel of "applauding proven human rights violators and insulting the living descendants of Christ in his home of birth in Palestine" in an article.
After being contacted by the EJAC, Stuart McMillan, President of the UCA stated that while he would not comment on the article itself he wanted to "assure...the Jewish community that the Uniting Church does not accept the view that Jesus was Palestinian."
"We affirm that Jesus and most of his early followers were Jewish. We note that Jesus was born neither in Israel nor in Palestine, but in the Roman occupied province of Judea, and that it is entirely inappropriate for anybody to attempt to claim political capital from the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem to bolster claims of either ‘side’ of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute."
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