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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?

Audra Jones

By understanding the effects of past Christian antisemitism on the present Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Christians can better understand how to aid a peaceful solution between the two states. For much of the history of Christian antisemitism, there was a belief amongst Christians that they were holier than Jews and those of Jewish descent. Even though this belief has deteriorated in the present Christian community, the Western/Christian majority nations seem to assert some type of dominion or responsibility over the Jewish state of Israel, which pushes Christians into thinking they can solve the conflict. Historically, this “big brother” mentality was shown by the West’s land partitions of the Middle East at the end of WW1 and the Palestine partition by the United Nations in 1947. The mentality and the failure of these partitions to soothe the problem explains how important Christians’ awareness of antisemitic history is as Christians currently respond to the conflict. Christians’ response to the conflict should be to set aside their own sentiments on the issue and maintain a neutral role as a potential mediator in the conflict that allows the Israelis and the Palestinians to decide the best way for peace for both of them. In essence, history illuminates the role of Christians in assisting the development of the conflict because of their Christian beliefs and actions while highlighting how essential it is for any Christian involvement to be weighed carefully and without a sense of superiority over Israel or Palestine.