Rejecting real anti-Semitism

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Lent is a time of introspection and confession, and recent experiences have caused me to reflect on a particular fault to confess: During my previous four years of living in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory, I have not always taken the threat of real anti-Semitism seriously enough.

I say “real anti-Semitism” because many who have criticized Israel’s actions have experienced accusations of anti-Semitism as a way of stifling honest debate.

Christians approaching the Easter season and reading its texts need to be mindful of the history in which the core story of our faith has been twisted to incite anti-Semitic violence against Jews. The “Christ-killer” epithet, based in part on Matthew 27:24-25, has been used over the centuries—with the backing of church institutions—to accuse Jews of being collectively responsible for the death of Jesus, who was Jewish.

Read my full commentary for Evangelicals for Social Action.