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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?

Josh Holt

I think Christians should keep in mind the sad history of Christian antisemitism (especially those of us in the West) so that we do not, with our rhetoric, claim this “moral high ground,” free from any blame that we or our brothers/sisters in Christ, in present and times past, are responsible for. As if we are the guiltless third party trying our pious efforts to facilitate peace or at least peaceful discord. I think keeping the uncomfortable history here allows us to engage this nuanced issue in a nuanced way allowing debate and struggle in efforts to finding meaningful solutions, suggestions and perspectives. If we do this, that means there is no room for simple answers and discord for more or less, “detached” Christians. Contexts is king here and I think Christians as a whole should know the role we have played in this conflict in all time zones, past, present and future. Perhaps if this is done, Christians will gain some responsibility for their current actions and discord and engage somehow.