ADL slams J'lem cleric Over pre-Christmas speech opposing Jewish State

The Anti-Defamation League said Thursday that it was "deeply disturbed" by a pre-Christmas address from the top Roman Catholic cleric in Jerusalem in which he rejected Israel as a Jewish state. Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah, a Palestinian, told reporters that "if there's a state of one religion, other religions are naturally discriminated against." In his Christmas 2007 message, Sabbah said that "a state that would exclude or discriminate against the other religions is not suitable for this land made holy by God for all humanity." In a press release ADL said it was "deeply disturbed that Father Sabbah would politicize the holy season of Christmas by denying the Jewish people's right to a Jewish state." The ADL said Sabbah's comments were particularly ironic considering that he represents a Catholic state and a theocratic monarchy.