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SF leader and US sitcom star clash over heritage of Jesus

By Staff Reporter

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams and US comedienne Roseanne Barr have clashed over claims that Jesus was a Palestinian.

Writing on his blog just after Christmas, Mr Adams said Jesus "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 Fein 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 comedienne said.

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

When a follower suggested that Ms Barr should not "waste your time on this clown" she added: "I laid out the truth for those who wonder. With a bit of checking they can find out a lot about Swiss Banksterism."

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