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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?

Ian O’Hagan

To some, Christian support of Israel might be seen as disingenuous, seeing as how it has only been in the last 60 years that Christian understanding and perception of Judaism has evolved. Conversely, any support or sympathy for the Palestinian people’s plight can be seen as being an acceptance of antisemitic beliefs. As Christians, however, we are called to take pity on the sufferings of all peoples, and to alleviate them as best we can. It is important to keep in mind that support for both Israelis and Palestinians is not an oxymoron, but rather a radical living out of the Christian message. Furthermore, it is important for Christians to identify and to call out those individuals and organizations who seek to exploit the mistakes of the past and the false dichotomy of current conflicts to in order to benefit their personal agendas.