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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?

James Diddams

It is important to keep in mind the history of Christian antisemitism when considering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or what should perhaps be referred to as the Israeli-Arab conflict since it is between much more than just Israel and the Palestinians, because without the framing of Christian antisemitism we lose a longer perspective on the conflict in the Middle East. When Jewish Zionists insist that they must be able to reliably call Israel a home, not just now but generations in the future, those claims only make sense in the context of hundreds and hundreds of years of persecution where, even if they had been settled in a country like England or Spain for generations, either persecution or expulsion was just around the corner. Zionism makes sense when we see the Holocaust not just as an isolated incident, a freak accident that claimed millions of lives, but the very worst of an inevitable, or seemingly inevitable tendency, in Christians and Europeans to view Jewish people with suspicion.