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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?

Devin Humphreys

Mitchell, your reflection makes me think about the ways that simple, misleading syllogisms shape the rhetoric surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both of the ones you discuss in your reflection (assigning blame to Christians for the Holocaust or to Jews for killing Jesus) illustrate this point. But one of the things I’ve noticed as a general historical principle is that where the temptation exists to blame a faith tradition for a historical event, the on-the-ground reality is individual actors purporting to act in the name of faith instead acting in a manner antithetical to that faith – there was nothing remotely Christian about the Holocaust, and nothing remotely Jewish about putting Jesus to death.