Monday 1 May 2017

Gerry Adams clashes with 90s sitcom star over claims Jesus was a Palestinian

Gerry Adams and Roseanne Barr
Gerry Adams and Roseanne Barr
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Gerry Adams has clashed with Hollywood comedian Roseanne Barr over claims by the Sinn Fein leader that Jesus was a Palestinian.

Writing on his blog just after Christmas, Mr Adams said Jesus was “probably was a little swarthy skinned black haired wee lad” from Palestine.

“Just like three year old Aylan Kurdi lying drowned on a beach in Turkey  or other wee kids we see on television fleeing war and poverty and being rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, or scrambling for food in a refugee camp or playing in a bomb site in Gaza city,” Mr Adams said.

The Sinn Féin leader also said Mary, the Mother of Jesus, reared a “good son…like many Palestinian mammies”.

Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr

His comments led to a divisive online debate with members of the Jewish community insisting Jesus was a Jew from Bethlehem, which is currently a city in the Palestinian held West Bank.

Ms Barr, who was the star of the 1990s sitcom ‘Roseanne’, responded to Mr Adams with a series of bizarre comments on Twitter.

“Imperialist Vatican Banks & Swiss Knights Templars r trying 2 destroy & erase Tribal Rights of Tribe of David in City of David (sic),” the comedian said.

“That is Y they r attempting 2 create ONE WORLD religion,” Ms Barr added.

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