Jesus: The Palestinian

mary and joseph

(The above painting is of the apartheid wall in Palestine. The two figures are Mary and Joseph trying to reach Bethlehem.)

“Jesus: The Palestinian”

You glorify
a
Palestinian
born
under
occupation.

His language,
his customs,
his clothes,
his face,
Middle Eastern,
yet you
fear all
that makes
him.

How can
you love
this man
yet proudly
colonize
his land,
label a
culture
more similar
to his
than yours
as inferior
and
invisiblize
the very
existence
of his
people?

You fear
his
land
and it’s
Indigenous peoples.

From the
way they
look
to the
way they dress
to the way
they speak
to the
air they breathe,
their existence
labelled
an inconvenience.

Their resistance
labelled as
terrorism.

How can
you glorify
a man
while
demonizing
his
origins?

Is your
colonialism
not
less
than that
of the
Romans?

Are
Palestinian
activists
not demonized
as were
past prophets?

Peace be
upon
Jesus,
a Palestinian,
born under
occupation.

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