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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?

Alie Brand

How must we as Christians respond to the present Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the light of our history and teachings?
As a point of departure, it is very important to understand that without Christianity, and their consistent pattern of antisemitism, there would be no Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
This Christian antisemitism swept across Europe from the fourth century until modern times. Religious leaders and folowers used Christian teachings to fuel their antisemitism. In response Zionism emerged from the Christian world, not the Muslim world. Muslims did not have a unique obsession (or hatred) of the Jews – it was the Christians. And ultimately, Jews turned to Zionism not because they were suddenly intrigued by nationalism, but because they realized that they could no longer stay in Christian Europe.
To conclude: The seven recommendations of dr Nicholson are so true and valuable. We must take action, and use our talents and opportunities, to impact people on both sides of the conflict. That is the true Christian response.