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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?

Stephanie Vega

Indeed, when we search history we must own our troubled past. For instance, in the first century the Jewish religious leaders and authorities persecuted the early church (Christians), many christians died at the hands of Jews for believing in Jesus. The book of acts depicts the martyrdom of Stephen (Acts 7:54). Moreover, after Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, Christians returned the favor by persecuting Jews. In addition, many of the Protestant reformers were anti-Semitic, Martin Luther. Even more, the Spanish Inquisition brought terrible persecution against Jews and increased tension between the Jews and Christians. Ultimately, we must consider history in order to move forward and come to and understanding, we must set aside all resentment, conflict, anger, vengeance or retaliation. In considering the Jewish and Palestinian conflict, one must understand all aspects of the conflict, we cannot show favoritism or preference towards one side, we must remain neutral and be compassionate.