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Church of Scotland Questions Right of Israel to Exist

Anti-Zionists have gone beyond the campaign to boycott Israel because of Jews in Judea and Samaria. Now, the Church of Scotland questions whether Jews even have a claim to Israel.

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The Church of Scotland has written a document that suggests that Jews may not have a valid claim to the Land of Israel because of an “increasing number of difficulties and current Israeli policies regarding the Palestinians.”

Local Jewish leaders are up in arms and fear that if the church adopts the document at its annual general assembly, it may be become official church policy, the London Jewish Chronicle reported.

The Church of Scotland’s annual general assembly is to vote on the 5,000-word report later this month,

If the proposed view passes the vote, it may become “the considered view of the Church,” a spokesperson told the newspaper.

The document is a “deliberate attempt to question Israel’s right to exist” and would be “very damaging to interfaith relations in Scotland and throughout Britain, a Jewish leader, who remained anonymous, told the Chronicle.

The report is entitled “The Promised Land” and concludes that Christians should reject the idea that Jews have an exclusive claim to the Land of Israel. It also opposes using the Bible to “settle contemporary conflicts over land.”

“On behalf of the Jewish community of Scotland, we call upon the Church to withdraw it from the forthcoming general assembly. If the Church cannot build bridges, can it at least refrain from burning them?” Ephraim Borowski, Scottish Council of Jewish Communities director told the London Jewish newspaper.

Board of Deputies vice-president Jonathan Arkush said, “The document …appears to have been produced with no consultation with the Scottish or national Jewish community. It is littered with misrepresentations of Jewish history, values and beliefs as well as basic factual errors.

“It is an ignorant and tendentious document masquerading as a theological statement. The Church has done a deep disservice to itself by producing a document without any regard to the trust, respect and dialogue on which interfaith relations should be based.”

The Chronicle said that the report states, “There has been a widespread assumption by many Christians as well as many Jewish people that the Bible supports an essentially Jewish state of Israel. This raises an increasing number of difficulties and current Israeli policies regarding the Palestinians have sharpened this questioning….

“The desire of many in the State of Israel to acquire the land of Palestine for the Jewish people is wrong. The fact that the land is currently being taken by settlement expansion, the separation barrier, house clearance, theft and force makes it doubly wrong to seek biblical sanction for this.”

The document urged the Church not only to back the boycott movement but also to lobby the British government to pressure Israel to deny the presence of Jews in Judea and Samaria.

Ed Kessler, founder director of the Woolf Institute which studies interfaith relations, told the newspaper that the report demonstrates “it is easier for Christians to condemn anti-Semitism as a misunderstanding of Christian teaching than to come to terms with the re-establishment of the Jewish state…

“The document fails to take seriously the concerns of both sides but has a partisan agenda — the promotion of Palestinian rights. Why is it so rare to find Christian organizations, let alone Jewish, which are both pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli? Blinkered views prevail.”

Sally Foster-Fulton, Convenor of the Church and Society Council, said, “The Church of Scotland chose the words of its report carefully to question and challenge not condemn or dismiss,” according to the Chronicle. “It cannot and will not shy away from difficult subjects nor from speaking the truth in love — otherwise how we will ever progress?”

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About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

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96 Responses to “Church of Scotland Questions Right of Israel to Exist”

  1. The Roman empire in 70 A.D FACTUALLY defeated Israel and destroyed the temple in Israel. I CAN PROVE THAT. I will give you a link that shows the Roman arch that was built to commemorate the victory. It still stands today in Rome. It even shows the Roman soldiers with booty taken from the temple. It shows a menora candle stand very prominently in the picture. Fact is that Israel did exist and had their temple just as the Bible claims and the Roman empire who hated Israel is used by God today to show proof of their existance that pre-dated the religion of Islam by hundreds of years. Here is the link: http://www.scholarscorner.com/museums/titus.htm If your a fair minded person, it is tough to argue with proof like this.

  2. Those who don't believe the Bible, care to have some proof of Israel's existace in the land of Israel and Jerusalem that predates the Islamic faith? Objectively and honestly look at the arch that depicts Rome's victory in 70 AD over Israel and see the implements of the old Jewish temple being taken by Rome. Then with that factual information, realize that Israel factually existed in Jerusalem in 70 AD and that God’s Temple was real. They are not occupying Islamic land. They have been returned as a nation to their home land just as God in the Bible said he would in the latter days. Do we really think that ANCIENT ROME built the arch in Rome just to fool Muslim people in the future? Islam did not exist in 70 AD at the time of this battle ROME built that arch as bragging rights and to remember their victory. They then renamed the area from Israel to Palestine, in a vain effort to end the memory of Israel. It of course did not work and Israel has now been restored by God as he promised. Here is a link to see the actual arch in ROME that was made in 70 AD after the sacking of Jerusalem by Titus of Rome. Notice the Manora from the temple in Jerusalem. This is factual evidence left from Rome, the enemy of Israel, that still stands in Rome today and can be seen by anyone. This is older that the muslim religion. http://www.scholarscorner.com/museums/titus.htm

  3. Rose Galston says:

    I'm hereby removing all my money from that bank! Screw 'em!

  4. Dan Steeves says:

    The very respected jewish historian, Josephus, described in
    great detail the devastation of Jerusalem and its temple in the year 70 C.E. The temple was never rebuilt as a place of worship for the jewish people. All the geneological records were destroyed. What does all this indicate? That modern Israel cannot lay claim to being God's chosen people. Jesus prophecy regarding God's rejecting of Israel was foretold by Jesus in Luke 19:41-44.

  5. You are entitled to your opinion – however wrong it may be.

  6. Sam, I, too ,as Richard Barnes, below me, believe that God has brought His people back to the Land of Israel. But, I also think that Israel is a bona fide nation, just like other nations. I do not see Israel's "agressiveness", and the great majority of positions Israel has taken as aggressiveness. I see it as defensive and warranted pre-empting. And basically necessary to survive. Many serious scholars believe the Bible has a very good grasp and reflection of History, as it happened. and warrants serious regard. Just one out of many – the recent find of the Dan Stele from the with the name of the "House of David" from a couple of centuries after David lived, upsetting the theories that David was non existant or nothing more than a Tribal sheikh, certainly not the progenitor of a dynasty "House" to be contended with as Haddad had to do at Dad about 200 years after David. this is not a fundamentalist position that can be dismissed lightly. This is one out of many.

  7. The Church of Scotland has deliberately refused to deal with the question of Gay Ministers and has been known to delay any decisions for years.This church has become apostate and will decline over the coming months and years.It is full of intellectual idiots and Ministers who have sold their soul to the Devil.

  8. Cathy Cronin says:

    The church is filled with gays what do you expect. They actually believe that Christ was God on earth which is idol worship and further more they didn't stop the pedophiles in their ranks. Evil is as evil does….the Catholic church of course knows the truth about their idol worship but business is business and they just want to contnue leading

  9. Cathy Cronin says:

    Continued…..the Catholic church just continues to fool the bound followers.

  10. israele is the jewish land , God iss with his people……………. God bless israele.

  11. Amah Jones says:

    Hebrews/Jews worldwide must resist any attempt to reverse Jewish ownership and control of Israel. http://www.gottwein.de/roge/his.0068.php

  12. Anchal Ace Samuel says:

    May I add a christian zionist, that these views of a scottish church no way represents much of the mainstream evangelical christianity, which totally supports jewish sovereignity over the land of Israel. We do not believe half the bible, we believe all of it.
    God gave Abraham all the land between Nile and Euphrates, and that is the true boundaries of Israel. God has not cancelled away the land grant.
    The coming of Jesus as the Jewish Messiah in the second advent which we gloriously await will lead to fulfillment of Israel's destiny and its future as a light unto all the nations. That is what I believe.
    Time for Israel lovers to speak for Israel…

  13. What right to exist does Scotland have? We can't have much of a world without Jews – but what's the point of Scots or Scotland?

  14. John Taui says:

    it's all the devils work to destroy the Jews.

  15. He who bless Israel will be blessed; he who curse Israel will be cursed. Watch out Church of Scotland!

  16. Trevor Pavy says:

    As a Christian from the Land Down Under (Australia) I find it amazing that any "Christian" organisation doesn't get God's words to Abraham in Genesis 12:3.
    New King James Version (NKJV).

    3 I will bless those who bless you,
    And I will curse him who curses you;.
    And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”.

    The land of Israel is ISRAEL'S land FULL STOP. It is the "so called Palestinians" that have NO RIGHT to the land at all. This is not only Biblical History (As in the Torah) but it is also a historical fact from the early 20th century with the still legal documents that were signed in 1922 for the Jewish Homeland.

    God Bless Israel & her people.

  17. Nothing is new ander the sun! The church should seak for pease between people and not incoureg heatred. This Church should be abolished !

  18. So the Jews of Scotland are beginning to worry. It is time for all Jews living in Exile to worry. The Exile is coming to an end. Incidents like this are just the beginning. Forget "interfaith". Either accept Biblical destiny or go down opposing it. The only response for Jews is to come home now while it is still easy. Scotland is no place for a Jew. We have a homeland now. Lets just come home.

  19. Brian Emmons says:

    The Church of Scotland should reject such a doctrine and evil reasoning immediately if the leaders are of The Lord , but for them to even entertain such lies shows they are far away from him that speaks from above.
    The document is nothing more than the lies of Satan the dragon.
    The Lord has spoken in his word and he shall uphold that which He spoke. The Lord has said, "God is not a man, that he should ever lie, nor the son of man, that he should repent."

  20. All the greatests rabbis questionned the right of the state of israel to exist

  21. satmar rebbe, avigdor miller, the true lubavitch rebbes, the chofetz chaim, sonnenfeld… do you need more names?

  22. Cindy Bazis Dunn says:

    Sounds like the church of scotland does not know the history of God's People and I dare say God is not going to abide scotland's arrogant decision just because they voted on it….I'm of irish and scottish background and am just about embarrassed to even acknowledge it with this and the teachers boycott in ireland….especially with their cooperation of the catholics molestation and abuse of their children….take the splinter out of your own eye before plucking it from another…

  23. Van Fenn says:

    I believe all true Christians should love Jews and support Israel. As a Christian I find this latest move by the Church of Scotland very disturbing.

  24. Aaron Murphy says:

    Wow! So here is another church that is choosing to stand against the Jewish people and against the eternal Covenants that God made with him. Do the leaders of these churches realize that they are choosing to side with enemies of God and the Messiah whom they claim to follow? The gravity of this decision is tremendous! They are choosing to stand against Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and in doing so they stand against the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! This decision is in 100% agreement with all the nations of the world that gather together to fight against Jerusalem as prophesied in Zechariah 14. The Messiah is going to return and fight against everyone who has chosen to stand against Jerusalem, when He stands upon the Mount of Olives. How can those who stand against Jerusalem and His people Israel have any place in the 'Kingdom of Heaven' that He is coming to establish? Choosing to stand against Israel is choosing to stand and fight against the Messiah that these churches claim to support.

    They are also aligning themselves with the plan of Hitler's "Final Solution." The first step towards the annihilation of 6 million Jews was the call which stated "Do Not Buy from Jews!" As the call for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel is made in the world toady, just like the German Church in Nazi Germany, churches around the world today are coming into agreement with the enemies of God.

    There is a grave need for Christians and especially pastors, priests, and leaders to be educated and taught the truth. Where is the voice of those who like Dietrich Bonhoeffer will stand for the truth even if the government all the churches turn their backs on Jewish people?


  25. Really? Well those Rabbis are all gone. Israel is still here. If it weren't G-d's Will it just wouldn't be! Rabbis can make mistakes. If the rebirth of the Jewish State is not the beginning of fulfillment of Biblical prophesy, then how do you explain it? And how can you explain its continued existence when not only the world is opposed to it, but our own leaders seem to be working with our enemies? We don't need a right to exist. It is the Will of G-d that we exist and that is all we need.

  26. Lynne Denena says:

    UNBELIEVABLE! More and more, the Christians around the world are spouting complete ignorance of the TRUTH which makes me question, ARE THEY REALLY CHRISTIANS?

  27. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    The same scots that freed the mass murderer of 259 Americans – mainly Jews – for a few barrels of oil. There is no difference between the Scot Church and Hitler's Pope, other then the language they speak. Both glorified the SS Nazi tattoos they sport.

  28. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Bets Jansen The Scot Church also supported Al-Megrahi in his massacre of 259 Americans – mainly students. The Scot Church is old school Christianity – with a bible much like Hitler's Pope calling for the extermination of all Jews "in the name of g-d," much like their jihadist paymasters

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