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