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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?

Holly Bayly

Hi Lidia, your post made me think of one of the interesting comments I heard in this course about needing to acknowledge that neutrality in this issue is not an option. I have been thinking about that and the fact that the issue we see unfolding now between Hamas and Israel really does have a clear side and that has been something I found difficult to articulate because it feels almost that I didn’t have a right to say anything. I suppose in order to ensure justice is appropriately rendered one has to get pretty uncomfortable. Our political climate in the US has been increasingly uncomfortable when voicing an opinion that seems to inspire this violent responses we see in action by so many people across our own country that seem really emotionally invested in one side or another. Really, your words have caused me to be reflective and ask…how do we engage there? I think I would add we also need to add courage to the list of attributes Christians need right now. When history closed its doors on the Jewish people over and over again it makes me wonder where the supporters were and were there enough or any? Anyway, thank you for your thought provoking post.