Obama’s Ex-Pastor Jeremiah Wright: ‘Jesus Was a Palestinian’

Jeremiah Wright (Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty)
Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty

In a speech in Washington, D.C., at the Louis Farrakhan/Black Lives Matter-inspired “Justice or Else!” event on the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, President Obama’s former Pastor Jeremiah Wright told the crowd, “Jesus was a Palestinian.”

Wright said:

The same issue is being fought today and has been fought since 1948, and historians are carried back to the 19th century… when the original people, the Palestinians—and please remember, Jesus was a Palestinian—the Palestinian people had the Europeans come and take their country.

Wright ended his speech by saying, “Palestinians are saying, ‘Palestinian lives matter.’ We stand with you, we support you, we say God bless you.”

Rev. Wright’s comments came a day after Hamas terror chief Ismail Haniyeh declared a third intifada or Palestinian uprising, saying, “We are calling for the strengthening and increasing of the intifada,” and “Gaza will fulfill its role in the Jerusalem intifada and it is more than ready for confrontation,” as Breitbart News reported.

Wright was the pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, which Barack Obama attended from 1988 until news about Wright’s views forced Obama to sever public ties with Wright in 2008.

In a sense, nothing here is new news. Both Wright’s comments against Israel, in support of Palestinian terror and the connection to Wright’s alliance with noted anti-Semite Farrakhan are completely consistent with Wright’s views and actions for many decades.

In 1984, Wright and Farrakhan traveled to Tripoli, Libya, to meet with Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, a visit that came after the U.S. had embargoed Libyan oil and placed the country on a list of states that sponsor terrorism.

In 1985, Qaddafi gave Farrakhan a $5,000,000 interest-free loan as well as a $250,000 prize when Farrakhan was awarded Qaddafi’s International, an award previous given to Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and “the children of Palestine.”

In 2007, Wright’s Trumpet Newsmagazine gave Farrakhan the Trumpet Award and said that the Nation of Islam leader “truly epitomized greatness” and praised his “depth of analysis when it comes to the racial ills of this nation.”

When Wright’s award came up during the 2008 presidential campaign cycle, the Obama campaign released a statement that read in part:

I decry racism and anti-Semitism in every form and strongly condemn the anti-Semitic statements made by Minister Farrakhan. I assume that Trumpet Magazine made its own decision to honor Farrakhan based on his efforts to rehabilitate ex-offenders, but it is not a decision with which I agree.

There’s an obvious question—given the long-standing views and connections of Rev. Wright—but the media who failed to properly vet candidate Obama in 2008 clearly won’t be asking it: Given the views of Wright and his influence on Obama, isn’t there a clear connection between those views and the foreign policy of President Obama, which has been notably anti-Israel and pro-Palestine?


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