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Reply To: Why is it important for Christians to keep the sad history of Christian antisemitism in mind when responding to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the present?

Elise Van Hierden

When looking at any conflict, it’s necessary to look at at all the factors which led up to and created the conflict. What was the history of any given conflict? Doing this not only gives understanding for the conflict, but compassion as well. When we as Christians look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today, we must do the same. Looking back, we discover that without Christianity there would be no Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If it had not been the anti-Semitism that had arisen within Christianity, Zionism would have never gained the momentum we see in the mid twentieth century. And, if it had not been for anti-semitism within Europe, masses of Jews would not have left their homes and the state of Israel would have never been created. Thus, anti-semitism is foundational to understanding how the conflict arose in the first place. For us as Christians, it’s important to understand this history as it makes us aware of our own role within the conflict. It forces us to take a level of responsibility for what has happened in the past, to have compassion for the present situation, and look forward to what we can do to help both the Israelis and Palestinians.