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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?

Elizabeth Krantz

Christian antisemitism has created a divide between the Jewish and Christian communities that while many Christians and Jews have worked to overcome, the divide has left many individuals in both communities feeling ostracized and isolated. Zionism was formed in response to Christian persecution, and different nations and people groups, many claiming to be Christians or believers, have used the Zionist movement to move their own agenda, which created a deeper divide between the two communities. Understanding Christian antisemitism and its’ roots is imperative to understanding Judeo-Christian relations today. Christians who genuinely care about Israel and the Jewish people must understand, acknowledge, and work to overcome the deep-rooted distrust that many Jewish people hold against the Christian community. When responding to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Christians have to remember our roots and our place within that conflict, which is that Christians were a part of the conflict since the beginning, and the actions of our forefathers perpetrated a geo-political disaster that we must now work hand-in-hand with our Muslim and Jewish brothers and sisters to fix.