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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?

Jonathan Avendano

Historical tensions between Christians and Jews, stemming from Christian antisemitism, have resulted in a rift between these two communities. While many individuals from both groups have made efforts to bridge this gap, it continues to leave people from both sides feeling marginalized and alienated. Zionism emerged in response to the historical persecution faced by Jews, yet it has also been manipulated by various nations and interest groups, often claiming to be affiliated with Christianity, thereby exacerbating the division between these communities. To foster better understanding in contemporary Judeo-Christian relations, it is crucial to delve into the origins of Christian antisemitism. Christians who genuinely care about Israel and the Jewish people must confront and work to overcome the long-standing mistrust that some Jewish individuals hold towards the Christian community. When addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Christians should acknowledge their historical involvement in the issue and the geopolitical ramifications their forefathers contributed to. It is imperative for Christians to collaborate with their Muslim and Jewish counterparts to rectify the situation.