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Israel Slams Catholic Call to End Occupation of Palestine

Calls archbishop's comments 'libel'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2010 7:27 AM CDT
Israel Slams Catholic Call to End Occupation of Palestine
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, right, meets with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon in Jerusalem, Sunday, March 21, 2010. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, who was touring the Gaza Strip Sunday wants a nearly three-year blockade of Gaza lifted and said Israel's recent opening of Gaza's borders to...   (AP Photo/Menahem Kahana, Pool)

(Newser) – Israel blasted a statement by Catholic bishops made during a conference in Rome that called for “an end to the occupation” of Palestinian territories. “We express our disappointment that this important synod has become a forum for political attacks on Israel in the best history of Arab propaganda,” said Israel’s deputy foreign minister.

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Danny Ayalon added that Israel was “especially appalled at the language used” by US-based Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros, who said at a press conference that “we Christians cannot speak of the 'promised land' as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people. 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.” Ayalon slammed Bustros's comments as "libel," CNN reports. (Read more Arab-Israeli conflict stories.)

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