Let me make it clear from the outset that I do not really care about religious claims of any people to anything, be it pieces of real estate in this life, or gardens and mansions in the hereafter. To me it is justice, human dignity, and freedom that matters. All of them are not present in the Zionist doctrine and practice towards the Palestinian people. It is because of my determination to uphold these principles I shall continue my struggle in defense of Palestinian rights until the demise of the Zionist enterprise and replacing it with a secular democratic and progressive state where Muslims, Christians, and Jews can live in peace and equality regardless of their faith and racial origins. I find religious claims and their Rebuttals extremely boring and lead nowhere. The basic reasoning and logic would lead anyone to raise two fundamental questions: First, why should the adherents of any particular religion listen to the religious dictates of another religion they do not belong to? In concrete terms, why should the Palestinian Muslims and Christians accept the dictates and promises present in Judaism to the Jewish people, Especially that such promises are very detrimental to both Christians and Muslims alike? Second, how could an omnipotent and just god behave like a real estate agent and engage in land distribution and favoritism while maintaining justice as an essential attribute of his being?
Therefore, I am only blogging on this topic for two reasons: The first is to expose the fallacies inherent in the notion of Western respect for freedom of expression and freedom of religion. As the story of the Church of Scotland shows, freedom of religion and freedom of speech evaporate when confronted with the power of the Zionist lobby and Zionist intimidation and harassment. The second is just for the sake of keeping the record surrounding this matter straight.
In the Beginning of May, the Church of Scotland issued a ten page report questioning the validity of the Zionist literal interpretation of the Hebrew version of the Old Testament which forms the religious foundation for the claims of Political Zionism to Palestine as a fulfillment of an exclusive divine promise to the Jews. The report is entitled “The inheritance of Abraham? Report on the Promised land”. It criticized the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians in the occupied territories by Israel and raised some questions about the meaning of the concept of the “promised land”. Although this report fell short of calling for a boycott of Israel as the Church of South Africa did last year, The report caused a raucous noise among the Jews worldwide, including claims and charges of anti-Semitism against the Church of Scotland. Within a week, the Church of Scotland cowered in and removed the report from their website. If you click on the link where the original report was posted, http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/14050/Inheritance_of_Abraham_.pdf you will get a page not found message. However, after doing some Google searches, I was able to locate a copy of this reporthere
Not only that the Church of Scotland took down their own report from their website, which sounds to me very odd and as a repudiation of their own words under Zionist pressure, but they issued a very apologetic statement promising to rewrite the introduction and make many changes in the main body of the report. For the record, Here is the Church of Scotlandrepudiation of its own report
I am posting the copy of the Church of Scotland’s report which was removed from their official website in my blog, to give my readers access to it, just in case the copy of the report vanishes from the few places that has it.The-Inheritance-of-Abraham
Before I post the text of the apologetic statement of the Church of Scotland, I would like to remind the readers to watch out for the revised version to see how extensive the changes in the introduction and the body of the report will be, if the Church of Scotland ever makes it public.
Beginning of the statement of the Church of Scotland:
9 May 2013
The Church of Scotland and representatives of the Jewish Community in Scotland and the United Kingdom, held useful discussions facilitated by the Council of Christians and Jews this afternoon, Thursday 8 May. We agreed that the drafting of the report published by the Church and Society Council for discussion at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has given cause for concern and misunderstanding of its position and requires a new introduction to set the context for the report and give clarity about some of the language used.
In particular the Church of Scotland needs to be explicit about some things that are implicit policies of the Church:
There is no change in the Church of Scotland’s long held position of the right of Israel to exist.
The Church condemns all violence and acts of terrorism, where ever they happen in the world.
The concern of the Church about the injustices faced by the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories remain firm, but that concern should not be misunderstood as questioning the right of the State of Israel to exist.
That the Church condemns all things that create a culture of anti Semitism.
There is an equal sense of concern amongst both communities for justice and peace for all the people of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Sitting round the table and listening to each other more deeply has created a real opportunity for both communities to better understand each other and that this report now becomes a catalyst for continued and growing conversation.
The two communities have agreed to work together both here and in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to continue what was a very positive dialogue.
Church and Society Council, Church of Scotland
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities
Board of Deputies of British Jews
Movement for Reform Judaism
Rabbis for Human Rights