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Christian Denominations Differ on Attitudes Toward Israel and Zionism

Differences of opinion over Israel among various Christian denominations in Holland emerged here today. The executive of the Dutch chapter of “Pax Christi.” a Roman Catholic organization headed by the liberal Cardinal Bernhard Alfrink, published a statement attacking Israel and Zionism. But an important Catholic newspaper, De Tijd, criticized the statement and the Protestant Synod, by a 38-10 vote, adopted a favorable report on the Jewish people and expressed its support for Israel. The “Pax Christi” statement said Israel’s Law of Return should be abolished and the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes should be acknowledged by Israel; the Palestinians should in turn recognize the existence of a Jewish entity in the Middle East.

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