Palestinian Priest Lambasts Newt Gingrich’s “Invented People” Charge

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Father Ibrahim Shomali

Click on photo to hear Father Ibrahim Shomali Rebuke Gingrich

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Bethlehem Catholic Priest Ibrahim Shomali said, “I am here, born here, and my ID says I am from Bethlehem” in response to U.S. presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s claim in December that Palestinians are an “invented people”.

Shomali speaks for his congregation in opposition to Israel’s settlements and the Separation Wall in the West Bank.

He spoke to the Run Across Palestine’s media team Tuesday. Follow the upcoming Run Across Palestine at

Video by Aaron Dennis

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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