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Massachusetts Bishop accused of anti-Israel ‘blood libel’ offers full apology

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A US Episcopal Church bishop has apologized for an incendiary false claim about Israel made at a meeting of senior church leaders in July.

Bishop Gayle Harris said in a statement that she had presented evidence of an alleged killing of a young Palestinian by IDF troops as if she personally had witnessed it.

“After reviewing my words in the House of Bishops from a transcription, I now acknowledge that I reported stories which I had heard and unintentionally framed them as though I had personally witnessed the alleged events,” Bishop Harris said. “I sincerely apologize. I now understand how the framing of my words could and did give the wrong impression.”