Michael Brown on The Infamous Blood Libel Lives On

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The blood libel is one of the most hateful and destructive lies launched against the Jewish people over the centuries. While it takes on many different forms, it boils down to the false accusation that the Jews would kidnap and kill a non-Jewish child (or adult), using the victim’s blood for some ritual purpose. In the last week, it has raised its ugly head once again.

According to the ADL, “The ‘blood libel’ refers to a centuries-old false allegation that Jews murder Christians—especially Christian children—to use their blood for ritual purposes, such as an ingredient in the baking of Passover matzah (unleavened bread). It is also sometimes called the ‘ritual murder charge.’ The blood libel dates back to the Middle Ages and has persisted despite Jewish denials and official repudiations by the Catholic Church and many secular authorities. Blood libels have frequently led to mob violence and pogroms, and have occasionally led to the decimation of entire Jewish communities.”

I have documented this as well in my book Our Hands Are Stained with Blood: The Tragic Story of the Church and the Jewish People.

But the blood libel goes beyond “Christian” manifestations of anti-Semitism.

It reaches into the Muslim world as well, but with this variation: The victim is Muslim, not Christian, and there may be no accusation of the victim’s blood being used.

To be sure, Israelis are regularly accused of kidnapping Muslims, killing them and selling their organs for profit.

As announced in an Oct. 21, 2018, headline on Iranian-run Press TV, “Belgian official: Israel steals organs of Palestinian kids.”

According to the story, “A Belgian official’s remarks that Israel steals the organs of Palestinian children, whom it kills, have made headlines again after the news website which published them decided to stick to the story.

“Robrecht Vanderbeeken, the cultural secretary of Belgium’s ACOD trade union and a philosophy of science scholar, had made the comments back in August in a column published by Belgian website De Wereld Morgen.

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SOURCE: Charisma News