This is an opinion piece by Thomas Fretwell, M.A.


A Growing Consensus

JuifSpeaking at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Vel D’Hiv, an event in which over 13,000 French Jews were deported to Nazi concentration camps by their own government, Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, called anti-Zionism a new form of anti-Semitism. Specifically addressing current Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Macron said, “We will never surrender to the messages of hate; we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of anti-Semitism.” Following this declaration, senator Charles Schumer made similar remarks on the Senate floor in Washington D.C. He said:

"Anti-Semitism is a word that has been used throughout history when Jewish people are judged and measured by one standard and the rest by another. So it is with anti-Zionism; the idea that all other peoples can seek and defend their right to self-determination but Jews cannot; that other nations have a right to exist, but the Jewish state of Israel does not."

tommy fretwellWe are delighted to announce former KEDS postgraduate student and Jewish-Christian Studies tutor Tom Fretwell has been offfered a place at Manchester Metropolitan University to research for a doctorate in an area related to Jewish-Christian Studies. 

Tom's working title for his Ph.D. research is "Christian Zionism and Supersessionism in the 21st Century: A Historical, Theological and Political Investigation". Tom says:

My research will involve examining Christian Zionism and supersessionism using a multi-disciplinary approach. Looking at them both through the lens of history, theology and politics. Particular attention will be given to the current expressions of these movements, i.e. the New Supersessionism and the New Christian Zionism, tracing their ideological roots, theological justifications and examining to what extent the current political situation has influenced their development. I will seek to make a significant contribution to this field of research and the emerging movement known as the New Christian Zionism.

Tom is tutor of the Jewish-Christian Studies module exploring the Jewish People, Christians, Politics and the Land.