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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?

Erin Kondak

Before going through this course I didn’t realize how much antisemitism existed among Christians in Europe. It’s especially sad to hear the statistic that if every country at the Evian Conference had agreed to take in just 17,000 Jewish refugees, they could have been spared from the Holocaust. It’s especially shocking that Christians were so hostile towards Jews considering that Christ himself was a Jew who first came to Jews, and then to Gentiles. I think it’s really important to keep this in mind and have a sensitivity to the Christian role in pushing Jews toward needing their own state in the first place. While we can’t adopt and remedy the sins of those before us, it’s important to recognize the fact that we do have some responsibility in the present-day conflict, just as we owe the Jewish faith for our own. Our religion would have no foundation without the Jewish tradition.