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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?

AvatarKristina Olney

Given the history of antisemitism in the Christian Church, its horrific consequences in the twentieth century with the worst crimes against humanity being committed against Jews during the Holocaust, and its tragic persistence today– Christians have a particular moral responsibility to speak out against antisemitism. This course was very enlightening in understanding that the development of Zionism was a reaction to the history of Christian antisemitism. I was shocked to learn that the Dominican Republican was the only nation to agree to accept more Jewish refugees after the Evian Conference in 1938. Although historic antisemitism is not at the level that it has been historically in Europe and the Church has made doctrinal changes to address it, antisemitism persists today and has seen a shocking rise in the United States and globally since the October 7 attack on Israel. Christians have a responsibility to educate Americans and fellow believers about the history of antisemitism and to stand against those who continue to propagate this horrendous ideology by denying the right of Israel to exist for the survival of the Jewish people.