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Israel has no right to Palestinian lands: Scottish church

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General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland, Edinburgh

The Church of Scotland says Israel has no right to the occupied Palestinian lands.

In a new report titled “The Inheritance of Abraham? A Report on the ‘Promised Land,’” the church said Israel’s claim to the occupied territories could be invalidated by its treatment of Palestinian people.

The report will be voted on by the 700 church members who attend the annual general assembly later this month.

If the paper is passed by a majority, it may become “the considered view of the Church,” a spokesperson said.

The report also calls for the church to consider backing “economic and political measures involving boycotts, disinvestment and sanctions against Israel focused on illegal settlements.”

Moreover, it calls on Christians to lobby the UK government to put pressure on the Tel Aviv regime to halt its illegal settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

“Christians should not be supporting any claims by Jews, or any other people, to an exclusive or even privileged divine right to possess particular territory,” the report said.

Palestinians refer to the May 15, 1948 occupation of Palestine as the “Nakba Day,” which means the Day of the Catastrophe in Arabic, to mark the expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland almost 65 years ago.

Israeli forces have wiped nearly 500 Palestinian villages and towns off the map, leaving an estimated total of 4.7 million Palestinian refugees hoping for an eventual return to their homeland more than six decades later.


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