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Report: Israeli MK tears up Bible

July 17, 2012 11:16 P.M. (Updated: July 18, 2012 5:01 P.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) -- Israeli member of parliament Michael Ben-Ari publically tore up a Hebrew Christian Bible after lawmakers expressed outrage that the religious text was sent to all parliamentarians by a Christian group, Israeli media reported on Tuesday.

Israeli daily Maariv said Ben-Ari, of the right-wing National Union party, said "this vile book has caused the death of millions of Jews and sending it is rude and provocative missions work by the church."

Throwing away the annotated Hebrew Old and New Testaments, he said: "The place of this book and its senders is the dustbin of history," according to the report.

Several lawmakers said they were deeply offended to receive the text from the Tel Aviv based Bible Society in Israel, and have asked parliament to tighten Israeli laws restricting proselytism, Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post said.

The report said the head of the society insisted he did not mean to offend anyone.
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