The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Offer Israel tough love

An American rabbi makes appeal to Christians

Many Christians who are rightly sensitive to the long history of Christian anti-Semitism believe the way to atone for that legacy is to avoid critique of the Jewish people — including the state of Israel — in the post-Holocaust early 21st century.

These appropriate feelings of guilt and shame for the past are inappropriately manipulated by major institutions of the Israeli government and their U.S. representatives to silence anyone who dares critique current Israeli policy toward Palestinians.

As a result, the forces in the religious world don't offer significant challenge to giving Israel the military means and political cover to suppress Palestinians and to engage in reckless disregard to international standards of human rights.

Giving the Israeli government a blank check to continue the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is no favor to the Jewish people.

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