Messianic Jews in Israel enraged by burning of New Testaments

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Tel Aviv, May. 29, 2008 ( - The burning of hundreds of copies of the New Testament in an Israeli town has drawn expression of outrage from Messianic Jews and thrown a public official on the defensive.

Uzi Aharon, the deputy mayor of Or-Yehuda, near Tel Aviv, told CNN that he had organized a collection of "Messianic propaganda" that had been distributed by Jewish Christians. But Aharon said that he was not aware the students who collected New Testaments planned to burn the books, and he stopped them once he realized what was happening.

Several hundred copies of the New Testament had been collected, mostly from homes in a neighborhood populated by Ethiopian Jews. The texts had been distributed as part of an evangelizing campaign by local Messianic Jews.

A spokesman for the Messianic Jews told CNN that his group would seek prosecution of those responsible for the Bible-burning incident.

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