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Reply To: What were some of your primary takeaways after reading Matti Friedman’s “There Is No ‘Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’”?

Mariah Gaudet

I had two main takeaways. First, I’m shocked that I haven’t heard this perspective before because it makes so much sense. I study International Affairs and Middle East studies, so the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has taken a large role in my education. I’ve analyzed the conflict through the lens of the broader region, but more as an afterthought than a primary understanding. This is something I’ll take into my education and share with others.

Secondly, I’ve wrestled a lot with Christianity’s role in antisemitism in the past and today. It’s hard to grapple with the fact that the religion that we hold so dear killed so many people in the name of a savior that loved his enemies as though they were his brothers. It’s such a brash misunderstanding of the core tenets of Christianity that I struggle to understand how it ever spread. It’s a topic that I hope more Christians become aware of, as it’s not fully in the past.