The controversial pastor who preached at a church attended by President Obama said on Saturday that “Jesus was a Palestinian,” alluded to Israel as an apartheid state and compared “the youth in Ferguson and the youth in Palestine” during a speech in Washington, D.C. Jeremiah Wright, who led Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago from 1972 to 2008, spoke at a Nation of Islam event titled “Justice or Else!” on the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

“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 said, according to The Hill. Wright was one of several speakers during the event on the National Mall, which also included notorious Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Sybrina Fulton, whose son, Trayvon Martin, was killed in Florida in 2012 in a case that inflamed racial tensions, also spoke. CONTINUE