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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?

Samuel Vandeputte

Hey Janae,

Thanks for your thoughtful and honest reflections.

I appreciated your first point – I can resonate with your sentiment when discovering the =often dark- history of Christianity in relationship to Judaism. Yet, we need to own it, all of it, as Christians. I love your insights on the inter-linkages between both faiths and it’s good to see that you are channeling this confusion into creative rather than negative energy.

I do wonder to what degree you see the linkages between Christianity’s antisemitism and today’s Arab-Israeli conflict. Some would argue that, because of the lessons we learned from the Holocaust, we should stand up for the rights of Palestinians, who are being suppressed by the Israelis. What would you say to such an argument, rooted in Christian guilt towards its past in suppressing minorities more broadly?