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Members and Spouses Breakfast: Towards a Surprising Partnership

H-324, the Capitol (the Members and Family Room)

An appalling feature of our time is the rising tide of antisemitism and anti-Zionism, even in the US. The treatment of the Jewish people by earlier branches of the church is the greatest single stain on Christian history. It is striking, however, that fiollowing the Reformation, a powerfully different view emerged. Leading Evangelicals, such as William Wilberforce and Lord Shaftesbury, fought for the restoration of the Jews to their homeland —they were in fact ‘Zionists' even before Theodor Herzl and Jewish Zionism. Today, what the Jews call ‘righteous gentiles’ need to counter antisemitism, and go beyond that to forget a partnership between Jews and Christians that could represent the best, if not the only hope for freedom and justice in the human future.