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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.”

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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