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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?

Jessica Lippe

With this question, I draw parallels between the Christian antisemitism that fed (and feeds) today’s Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a major antisemitic event from recent history. I have been to Germany twice, my second trip being just months after my first and only trip to Israel. The vast majority of today’s Germans were not involved with the Holocaust, but likely had a parent or grandparent who was. They are not proud of what Germany did to Jews during this time, but they do not try to hide it either. I was able to visit concentration camps, museums, and other historic sites commemorating this dark time for this nation. In fact, the only Holocaust site that was not memorialized was Hitler’s headquarters, which today is a humble parking lot, because today’s citizens do not want Hitler to be memorialized like that. Likewise, we as individual Christians may not be directly responsible for antisemitism, but our heritage is. While neither priding in it or hiding from it, we can learn from our history to demonstrate to others how we now want to be agents of change.