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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?

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Samuel Vandeputte
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I think it is important for Christians to keep the sad history of Christian antisemitism in mind when responding to the present Israeli-Palestinian conflict because it is crucial to an honest Christian approach to the conflict. In order to be able to contribute positively to the resolution of the conflict in any way, we need to start by acknowledging our sin. The long history of antisemitism stemming from the church has played a determinative role in Jewish history through pogroms, crusades, and the Holocaust. Perhaps even more important to the current realities of the conflict, it spurs us to be humble. In addition, it fosters an increased sense of duty to prevent future terrors against the Jewish people. As Christians who are truly repentant, we need to stand by the Jewish people against the hatred against it, both within the Near East and throughout the world. This is clearly reflected in the conflict through the antisemetic rhetoric as a driving factor of the behavior of Islamic states in the past and in the present.