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ADL Slams Church of Scotland for “Stunningly Offensive” Paper on Jewish Claim to Israel

May 7, 2013 1:17 pm 7 comments

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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Thursday denounced as “stunningly offensive” a paper published by the Church of Scotland which negates the core beliefs of Judaism regarding God’s promises about the Land of Israel and the Jewish people.

The church paper, entitled “The Inheritance of Abraham,” which was published online by the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland earlier this month, selectively highlights scriptural and theological claims of Jews to the land, and rejects verses in which the land is promised to the children of Abraham.

The paper further states that “reconciliation (Editor’s note: between Israel and the Arabs) can only be possible if the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the blockade of Gaza are ended.”

ADL National Director Abraham Foxman issued a statement criticizing the Church for  its disregard of  “nearly five decades of progress in Jewish-Christian theological dialogue by promoting religious principles which deny the legitimacy of Judaism and were used for centuries to justify the brutal repression of Jews.”

He further added: “The paper’s blatant one-sided perspective falsely conflates the political state of Israel and the religious significance of the Land of Israel for both Jews and Christians. The selective citation of Biblical scripture in order to question Israel’s legitimacy is an affront to Jews around the world and to the State of Israel.”


  • It is natural and it makes sense for the Church of Scotland to be anti-semitic for the same reason that it is anti-British. The British are, after all, the “Ish of the Brit”, the people of the Brit (or Bris) or the people of the Covenant! Jews or likely descendants of Jews or even one of the lost tribes! This suggestion is enough evidence, seemingly! !! Besides, the voice of the Church of Scotland is nothing but echoes reverberating from walls to ceilings in their empty houses of worship. Most of the Scots I know, if not all, are more logical, more sensible and would not agree with any decision of the Church of Scotland’s leadership!

  • Julian Clovelly

    At the core of almost all religions is an attempt to religiously justify the ownership of the land. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all have this central theme. Of the three it is Judaism that has claimed the smallest area. Christianity has pressed its own claims using the legal doctrine of Terra Nullius to do so, classifying the lands it invaded as lands belonging to no one. Islam used a different tactic, that of claiming that the whole world belonged to their concept of God, that those without their faith were to be largely counted as cursed by God for lacking any. Conversion by the sword was really only common or garden invasion

    When some Israelis press their particular cultural religious based claim I feel they do themslves a disservice. Israel as a predominantly Jewish State is about far more than that, its practical history originating far more in the mishandling of the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire after the Great War fo 1914 to 1918 and in the political events in Europe and Asia that were occurring from the middle of the nineteenth century. We do history a disservice when we examine through a narrow lens – or from only one perspective. in all the conflicts until the late nineteen forties one finds Jewish people mostly in the victim role. They remain constantly threatened

    I do not think religion has ever successfully been a tool of peace on national scales, albeit it has often been an inspiration for individual behaviour. All of our world’s religions need updating. Fundamentalism of any kind is a barrier to conflict resolution

    Has religion a future? One would have to wonder if purged of their aggression and elitism there would be much left. Maybe that is why they are so dangerous. Ultimately perhaps it may be necessary to move away from all of them, and in a strange way that is rather what the supposed founders of those reiigions did – Abraham from paganism, Jesus from temple Judaism, Mohammed from both paganism and Christianity

    There are brilliant precedents for such a move, especially if it is inspired by a will to find peace and reconciliation from our various pasts – our conflicting cultures. My own belief is that until we find peace and reconciliation we haven’t and won’t find God anyway. The warrior God was a total fabrication to excuse human violence and deliberate dispossession. That idol needs to fall

  • helen erff

    It has just occurred to me that, of the two faiths Judaism and Islam, the Muslims must have the correct idea of God.
    He is the god of vengeance not the god of compassion.
    Otherwise why would most of the worlds population be embroiled in so much sh1t?
    If there is a compassionate god, surely he must of cocked it up big time.

  • helen erff

    As far as I can understand it, Abraham,the so-called father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, was waving his magik stick at both Sarah, his elderly wife and Hagar his more fertile slave.
    Hagar wacked out a sprog called Ishmael and then Abraham dumped them both in Mecca.
    Later on he wacked out a sprog called Isaac by the nonagenerian Sarah.
    Afterwards willies had to be mutilated and the Jews and the Muslims were at each others throats because they couldn’t decide which of the offspring had been offered up to a beneficent deity as a sacrifice.
    Grimm Bros. had nothing on this lot.

  • Apostacy holds the Scottish Church, which leads to anti semetism, just as the roman church in past and present centuries. The tiger can’t change his stripes !!!

  • jerry hersch

    Just a reflection of every aspect of Caledonian mentality.
    A rather homogeneous population -98% Caucasion..almost all the others live in Glasgow or Edinburgh.
    The native anti-Semitism was reinforced by the Irish (mostly on the lowest economic rungs) who emigrated to Scotland.
    The media and politics are almost universally anti-Israel as is much of Academia-as reflected in some of the campus actions of late.
    All this is augmented by the 50,000 of Pakistani origin (the largest non British isles group) who are very vocal and demonstative in their opposition to Israel…and Jews.

  • Wil Goldstein

    Interesting topic, but it is the same thing that has happen throughout the years. It is no difference, every religion believes that his religon is the true one. The Church of Scotland will see and it will be changed and prob. it was written by someone that isn’t a “higher up” and the “powers that be” will denounce it.

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