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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?

Patience Tyne

I appreciated your insight regarding the temptation to focus on the 20th century. I attended a lecture recently on “invisible systemic antisemitism” by Prof. Kelner, where he cautioned that, because nothing else in history compares to the Holocaust, an unintended consequence of Holocaust education is that students do not actually study the rest of the history of antisemitism. So, we learn to associate antisemitism only with far-right nationalism and never learn, for example, about the Soviet situation, where Marx framed capitalist oppression as inherently Jewish (“judeo-bolshevism”), and this arguably has had a more insidious effect on modern antisemitism, including in American Christian circles.