Palestinian factions in the West Bank and Gaza can’t make up their minds about Christmas. Some fabricate the holiday’s origins in an attempt to make it fit with their cause while others coerce their populations to outlaw it.
The Al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades, the Popular Resistance Committees’ (PRC) military wing, disseminated flyers just before the holiday depicting a burning Christmas tree and threatening those celebrating Christmas. The PRC is an umbrella organization encompassing various Palestinian terrorist groups and represents the third largest Palestinian faction in Gaza after Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
A Quranic verse on the flyer warns Muslims “not to go the way of the Jews and the Christians, indeed God is not for the evil people.” There are only about 1,000 Arab Christians living in Gaza who undoubtedly feel threatened by Islamist factions seeking to ban Christmas.
According to a government source speaking to the Jerusalem Post, Israel granted special permits to more than half of Gaza’s Christian population to ease their travel a week before Christmas.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah have continued their long tradition of spreading misinformation around the Christmas holiday and presenting Jesus as a Palestinian, according to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).