A Christian news site based out of Harvard is facing a backlash over an op-ed asserting Jews face persecution as punishment for killing Jesus Christ.

The piece, titled “Why Us?,” ran on the student-led Ichthus blog, and was penned by a writer claiming to be a Jewish convert to Christianity.

“We, the Jews, collectively rejected God and hung Him up on a cross to die, and thus we deserved the punishments that were heaped on our heads over the last 2000 years,” the author wrote.

The piece caused a firestorm, with Ichthus Editor-in-Chief Aaron Gyde issuing an apology Friday. The blog post, which published November 20, was subsequently taken down.

“While this does not excuse the post of responsibility, it was not the intent of the writer, nor the Ichthus, to present a piece that is anti-Semitic,” Gyde said.

“The blog was not intended to communicate animosity, but concern and a sincere desire to communicate the necessity of salvation through Jesus Christ alone.”

The apology continued: “This particular piece has led to increasing misunderstanding and disinformation about the author’s views, the Ichthus, and Christianity…We do acknowledge that many of the claims of Christianity are offensive to those who do not believe it, but we think that much of the offense that has resulted from this article is not the offense of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And for that we apologize.”

The Boston Globe, which originally covered the story, received a separate response from Gyde, who added, “As a staff, we would not argue that the fact some Jews were involved in the death of Jesus merits the persecution they have suffered over the past 2,000 years.”

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