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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?

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Alexandra Adair
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It is critical to keep the sad history of Christian antisemitism in mind when responding to this conflict because of our tendency to act as outsiders who have come to “save” the people with valor by acting as mediators for peace. Historically, the West has seen itself as a third party that is neutral and somehow superior and tasked with helping this conflict to end. I think that the fact that Christian antisemitism helped create the Zionistic movement should be the major reason that we come together to help find an end to the conflict, instead of just helping to end the conflict to make ourselves feel or look good. Also, there is a feeling of wariness felt by some Jews due to the evangelistic practices of many Christians that can seem threatening to the Jewish people and faith. We need to keep both our previous antisemitic deeds and our present evangelistic mindset and tendencies in mind when speaking to the Jewish and Israeli people so that they feel they are respected. Showing respect is essential to communicate and find common ground in response to the conflict.