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Tuesday Oct. 26, 2010 9:23 AM (EST+7)
Israel slams Catholic synod statement

Read more: Catholic, church, Vatican, bishops, Danny Ayalon

RAMALLAH, October 26 (JMCC) - Israel over the weekend slammed a statement made by a Catholic synod supporting Palestinian rights to a state with its capital in Jerusalem, and criticizing Israel for using the notion of choseness to justify its control.

On Sunday, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon criticized that concluding statement of the conference, called a synod.

We express our disappointment that this important synod has become a forum for political attacks on Israel in the best history of Arab propaganda, Ayalon said in a statement. The synod was hijacked by an anti-Israel majority.

Ayalon singled out the remarks of a Catholic archbishop who said at the conference that Israel is not the Jews' promised land.

We Christians cannot speak of the 'promised land' as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people, Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros, who leads the Greek Melkite Church in the U.S., said at the conference's final press conference on Saturday. This promise was nullified by Christ.

There is no longer a chosen people -- all men and women of all countries have become the chosen people, Bustros said.

On Sunday, Israel's Ayalon said that We are especially appalled at the language used by Archbishop Bustros during his press conference.

Bustros led the committee that drafted the synod's concluding statement on Israel and the Palestinians.

We call on the Vatican to distant themselves from Archbishop Boutros' comments which are a libel against the Jewish People and the State of Israel and should not be construed as the Vatican's official position, Ayalon said in his statement. These outrageous comments should not cast a shadow over the important relationship between the Vatican, the state of Israel and the Jewish people.

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