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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?

Kenneth C. Jackson

In “Light of Hidden Candles”, Daniella Levy has asserted, “Our story is not only about exile and oppression and suffering. It is the story of thriving, of triumph, and of great faith. It is the story of a people that laughs in the face of deepest despair, that stubbornly clings to life and to joy even in the face of horror and death. We take our pain and turn it into poetry. We take our misfortune and transform it into opportunity.” With this being said, I believe that keeping the sad history makes Christians to remember the very nativity of the Jewish people and to unite with them in their sad history. Don’t forget, their sad history is every Christian’s history. Importantly, it is out of the sad history comes the healing story for every Christian. For me, Anti-Semitism is not only traced to Jewish-Palestinian conflict. It is traced far back in the Garden of Eden. Therefore, the issue of anti-semitism cannot and will never be abolished until Christ Jesus comes. However, as we respond to this conflict, it helps Christians to share in the very sad history of not only the Jewish people but in our own sufferings as far as our contextual reality is concerned. It also makes love, peace and joy to overshadow this anti-semitism syndrome!