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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Vatican Rejects “Chosen People” Claim, Calls On Israel To End “Occupation” Of Promise Land, Recognize Palestinian State
A high-ranking Israeli official on Sunday slammed a statement from Catholic bishops, who called for international organizations to lead the cause of Palestinian statehood. Greek-Melchite Archbishop Cyrille Bustros sparked an interreligious firestorm when he suggested that Israel was “using Scripture” to continue its occupation of Palestinian territory. “The Holy Scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians,” Bustros said at the close of a two-week conference in Rome, Italy, “to justify the occupation by Israel of Palestinian lands.” The Archbishop then questioned the biblical idea of a “promised land” set aside by a specific group of people. “We Christians cannot speak of the promised land as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people,”Bustros continued. “This promise was nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people… (READ MORE)    (ALSO READ STORY OF VATICAN SIGNING TREATY WITH PALESTINIANS AGAINST ISRAEL)

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