St. George was a Palestinian.

Once again the ‘invented people’ are claiming a person to be a ‘Palestinian’, this time St. George of all people?

One has to wonder why the Arabs have such a desire to claim everyone as a Palestinian who comes from the fictitious State of Palestine.  Every Christmas we hear the proclamation that Jesus was one too.

Imagine my surprise on reading a link from Muslim Village , to Islam 21C  that St. George of all people was a Palestinian.

‘Palestinian’?  Huh?  How come?  Seeing as to how Palestinians came into being on June 4th 1967, that’s impossible.  Arabs were not known in the region, as far as I can see until the invasions by the Muslim hordes from Arabia in 614CE

There clearly isn’t too much accurate information about him,  but then seeing as to how he lived close to two thousand years ago, that’s hardly surprising.

Just trying to work it all out is a bit of a mine field.

Rooftop view of Lydda and the Church of St George in the background. Taken from the G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection, Library of Congress.

Islam21C has him born in Cappadocia, a part of modern Turkey, into a noble Christian family in the third century, around 270 CE, some 300 years before the birth of Moḥammad.  Whilst Wikipedia has him born in Lydda, Syria Palaestina  (Lodd) – 23 April 280 CE.

Both agree his mother was named Polychronia,  a Greek native of Lydda. His father Gerontius, was a Greek Christian from Cappadocia  and an official in the Roman army.

According to Wikipedia, both parents were Christians from noble families of the Anici, so their son was raised with Christian beliefs. They decided to call him Georgios (Greek), meaning “worker of the land” (i.e., farmer).

So both parents being Greek, where does the Palestinian bit fit in, given that ‘Palestinians’ are Arabs.? That is of course unless they are claiming that all Greeks are now Arabs too.!!

At the age of fourteen, when George’s father died in the Greek city of Nicomedia in Asia Minor,  he and his mother returned to ‘Palestine’.  A few years later his mother died .

Then George, following in his father’s footsteps, decided to go to Nicomedia and present himself to Emperor Diocletian to apply for a career as a soldier and he joined the Roman Army.

Diocletian welcomed him with open arms, as he had known his father who was one of his finest soldiers and by his late 20s, George was promoted to the rank of Tribune and stationed as an imperial guard.

On 24 February CE 303, Diocletian issued an edict that every Christian soldier in the army should be arrested and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice to the Roman gods of the time. However, George objected, and with the courage of his faith approached the Emperor and ruler. Diocletian was upset, but didn’t want to lose his best tribune and the son of his best official, Gerontius.  George loudly renounced the Emperor’s edict, and in front of his fellow soldiers and tribunes, he claimed himself to be a Christian and declared his worship of Jesus Christ.

When the persecution of the Christians began, George openly declared that he was a Christian and despite being cruelly tortured at the order of the emperor, George refused to denounce his faith in the oneness of God and venerate the Roman idols.

Diocletian attempted to convert George, even offering gifts of land, money and slaves if he made a sacrifice to the Roman gods; he made many offers, but George never accepted.

Diocletian  recognised the futility of his efforts and  ordered that George be executed for his refusal. Before the execution George gave his wealth to the poor and prepared himself.

His actions saw him dragged through the streets of ‘Palestine’ and beheaded before Nicomedia’s city wall, on 23 April 303.  His body was returned to Lydda for burial, where Christians soon came to honour him as a martyr.

Now we see some similarities here to modern day Gazans.

Sound familiar?

“Dragged through the streets of ‘Palestine’ “


Now Muslim Village and  Islam 21C  not only change from calling him Palestinian to being a Turkish-Arab, but likely a believer in tawḥīd too.

{Tawhid  meaning doctrine of “the oneness” of God; also transliterated as Tawheed and Tauheed, is the concept of monotheism in Islam.}

They say:

St George shunned and refused to believe in paganism and idolatry, which is unfortunately, associated much with modern day Christianity and it is for this reason that, if St George was alive today, he would most likely find idolising ʿĪsā (ʿalayhi al-Salām) a strange practice indeed, and would, conversely, find familiarity with the teachings of Islām.

This is priceless as they go on to say:

Being of Turkish and Palestinian Arab descent, he would have been the perfect captain for the Gaza Flotilla, the Mavi Marmara (the Turkish ship which sought to break the siege of Gaza in 2010) and he would no doubt champion the cause of his fellow natives against their tyrannical and oppressive rulers, the Zionist entity of Israel.

St George’s sword was called Ascalon. Credit:

 There is a particularly delightful irony of far right groups in the UK venerating him as a saint. Sometimes the extent of racists’ stupidity is nothing short of hilarious to onlookers. They erroneously claim to be the true heirs of St George, but it is clear that if St George was alive today, they would reject him, call him a foreigner, and tell him to go back to his own country. In fact, if they saw him drowning in the Mediterranean Sea like 800+ poor souls recently, then they would have probably also called him a ‘cockroach’ and refused to rescue him.

There is so much information around about St. George it’s hard to tell fact from fiction.  The episode of St. George and the Dragon was clearly a legend  brought back with the Crusaders to Britain. I have no idea how the Arabs make him a ‘Palestinian’ though

Interestingly in the medieval romances, the lance with which St George slew the dragon was called Ascalon, named after the city of Ashkelon, in what is now the State of Israel..

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  1. “Palestinians came into being on June 4th 1967”

    I think that’s a tad early. I don’t think they claimed the label “Palestinian” until well into the 1970s.

    I know that the JPA (Joint Palestine Appeal) in England didn’t rename itself to Joint Israel Appeal (now United Jewish Israel Appeal) until 1973.

    “Former names
    United Palestine Appeal (created 1944) | Joint Palestine Appeal (created 1947) | Joint Israel Appeal (from 1973-1996)”


  2. That’s the official date on every website. It was after the 6-day war in ’67.
    The term was coined in Moscow in 1964, when the Soviets wrote the pre-amble for the PLO Constitution.

    Walid Shoebat said ““Why is it that on June 4th 1967 I was a Jordanian and overnight I became a Palestinian?”
    “We considered ourselves Jordanian until the Jews returned to Jerusalem. Then all of the sudden we were Palestinians — they removed the star from the Jordanian flag and all at once we had a Palestinian flag.”
    The Arabs only started using the title, at the behest of Yasser Arafat, after their defeat in the war of 1967.

  3. Muslims adopting Christian and Jewish ‘saints’ as their own is hardly new. The Koran is full of them.

  4. As we speak Wikipedia is considering adding St. George to the infobox of notable Palestinians (see Talk:Palestinians). Small world.

  5. Jan Poddebsky

    I met a couple of proselytisers for Islam on campus at Sydney Uni who taught that Islam predates Judaism and Christianity. Mind you they didn’t know what proselytise meant either.

    • Well they do say we are all Muslim. When people convert they call it “reverting” for that very reason.

      • Jan Poddebsky

        That explains a lot. Slezak woke up one morning and discovered he was a Muslim!

  6. Extraordinary leap of logic to suggest that a Greek Christian, who lived way before Islam was dreamed up, could possibly be a Palestinian. Mind you, logic was never a strong feature of propagandists, who rely on emotion and distortion rather than facts on the ground.

    Shirlee, it’s interesting that Islam believes it’s the final and perfect revelation, so we are all Muslims. They believe Abraham was a Muslim and all the prophets. Islam is certainly far more recent than Judaism and Christianity, but if we use that criterion, that the later the religion, the more true it is, we would all adopt Scientology, which is even more recent.