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Church of Scotland report angers Jewish community

LONDON (AP) — Israel’s ambassador to the U.K. has condemned a report by the Church of Scotland that questioned the divine right of Jews to the land of Israel.

Daniel Taub says the document “negates and belittles the deeply held Jewish attachment to the land of Israel in a way which is truly hurtful.”

The 10-page discussion paper says that “promises about the land of Israel were never intended to be taken literally” and that the Bible should not be used to settle conflicts over land. It was due to be debated at the church’s General Assembly later this month.

The church stressed that it does not deny Israel’s right to exist, but conceded Thursday the report has led to misunderstanding of its position and that some parts needed to be rewritten.



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