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May 10, 2013 12:31 pm

Church of Scotland Agrees to Amend Controversial Report on Israel

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The Church of Scotland has agreed to amend a recent controversial report on Israel, The Guardian reported.

Senior church leaders have agreed to amend the official report entitled “The inheritance of Abraham,” after outrage over the report’s questioning of Israel’s legitimacy and the biblical Jewish connection to the land of Israel.

“Claims that scripture offers any peoples a privileged claim for possession of a particular territory,” the original report said.

The original report also drew fire over its recommendations of sanctions against Israel. The original report urged the U.K. government to use “pressure to stop further expansion of Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank.”

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But after a discussion between the Church of Scotland and the representatives of the Jewish community in the U.K., there was an agreement that the original report “has given cause for concern and misunderstanding of its position,” and that it “requires a new introduction,” according to the Church of Scotland’s website.

In particular, the Church of Scotland clarified its positions regarding Israel, stating, “There is no change in the Church of Scotland’s long held position of the right of Israel to exist.”

According to The Guardian, the original report has also been removed from the Church of Scotland’s website the changes are made.

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  • Raymond in DC

    If the Jewish community makes do with a “new introduction”, they’re failing in their responsibilities, because the substance of their argument remains. This report needs to be withdrawn and repudiated. Nothing else suffices.

  • As a Scot I am totally ashamed of this report. It is typical liberal anti-Jewish bashing from the British left. How dare anyone try to tell Jews how to interpret Jewish scriptures, jewish history and Jewish theology.

    The lie is so big – that the Jews have no claim on Israel – is so outrageous it takes the breath away. Everything to one side, what about the 2,000 year old shout of ‘next year in jerusalem”. And what about the centuries of Jewish gathering-in in Israel. Accident?

    The Church of Scotland is totally infiltrated and unChristian. I have heard prayers to ‘a creator god’ without mention of Jesus. The church’s unBiblical stances are well known in Scotland.

    And, with under 10% of the population in membership, and being the 2nd largest denomination in the country (there are more communicant Catholics), they are an increasing irrelevance. Unfortunately, the are now a national embarrassment.

    • Barry Mack

      “How dare anyone try to tell Jews how to interpret Jewish scriptures, jewish history and Jewish theology.”

      It isn’t, of course. It is telling confused Christians about Christian theology and Christian interpretation of a shared source – the scriptures of ancient Israel recognized as authoritative in the time of Jesus.

      It goes without saying, I trust, that Christians interpret them differently that the Talmudic traditions that became authoritative for the version of Judaism that survived the destruction of the second temple.

      That is why Christians are Christians, and present day Jews are Jews. While conversation may well be helpful in achieving mutual understandign of our respective faiths, it ill behoves either Christians or Jews to try to dictate what the other should believe.

    • jerry hersch

      “And, with under 10% of the population in membership, and being the 2nd largest denomination in the country (there are more communicant Catholics)..”
      True..though still 40% of Scots claim some sort of connection few attend services and fewer still regularly.About a third of Scotland claims no religion or denomination-and most of these come from a Church of Scotland background.
      Yet it is a powerful voice and its pronouncements are used to advantage as a sort of legitimizer of position.

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