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The international publishers of an edition of the Bible that Jewish groups say is anti-Semitic have said they will not stop its distribution.

The Rome-based International Catholic Biblical Society said the "Bible of Christian Communities" was not anti-Semitic and did not include anything intended to hurt Jews.

The society, set up with Vatican approval about 30 years ago to promote reading of the Bible, said controversy about the new edition risked fanning anti-Semitism.

Jewish groups have blasted the Bible, which contains footnotes reflecting old-fashioned Catholic attitudes.

Jewish circumcision, for instance, is described as "folkloric obligation."

It also says that "for centuries, people have spoken of the Jewish people as those who killed God. It was true in a sense, because this people was unable to overcome its fanaticism."

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