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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?

Sean Moore

This is very important because, to many middle eastern cultures, history is everything. I have talked to Israeli-Jews before. They know of the many sad and horrible things that Christians did to Jews in Europe. For many centuries, it was the Muslims who were far more lenient on Jews then Christians. Now, our role has been reversed. A good example of this is about 10 years ago there was a massive terrorist bombing of a train in Madrid. It was committed by radical muslims. What I always found weird about it was the terrorists reasoning was the reconquering of Spain by the Christians. This happened nearly 600 years ago at this point. But in their culture, they never forgets defeats or wrongs. So, as weird as it was, that was still an issue they cared about. It is the same for many middle eastern jews. They appreciate Christians recent help, but are still very wary of us.