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”.
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.