This year the Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sunset on Friday night March 30th. Throughout Jewish history the weeks surrounding Passover has been a most dangerous time for the Jews. Mostly because of the famous blood libel that matzah was made from the blood of Christian Children. While the modern version of the blood libel is a year-round falsehood there’s usually an uptick around the Passover holiday.
Blood libel is a term with a specific and terrible history. It refers to the scurrilous accusation that Jews kidnapped and murdered Christian children to use their blood to prepare Passover matzoh. Charges of blood libel have spurred massacres of Jews throughout the centuries; the myth was revived by Hitler and persists today in places like Russia, the Muslim world. It even exists in the United States (in a different form) preached by people like Former President Obama, Louis Farrakhan, and others. College campuses in America, especially the most liberal tend to be hotbeds of blood libel (they don’t provide the Jewish Students with safe spaces).
Anybody who’s ever eaten matzah knows that matzah is made from a combination of sheetrock and cardboard (at least it tastes that way).
Like many of the anti-Semitic lies, the blood libel is based on something Jews can’t do. The Torah forbids Jews from consuming the blood of animals. As is written in Leviticus 17:10-14:
And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among them, that eat any manner of blood, I will set My face against that soul that eat blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that make atonement by reason of the life. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel: No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among them, that taketh in hunting any beast or fowl that may be eaten, he shall pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. For as to the life of all flesh, the blood thereof is all one with the life thereof; therefore I said unto the children of Israel: Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh; for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof; whosoever eat it shall be cut off.
Part of the Koshering process is salting meat which is done to get rid of the last traces of blood.
The libel spring from an action that occurred 3,500 years ago in the land of Egypt, ” we were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt,” the Torah says.
As the biblical account explains, the tenth and final plague hit the firstborn sons of every Egyptian (and their firstborn animals). To avoid the plague, the Jews were told to smear the blood of a slaughtered lamb on the doorposts of the Jewish homes, that way death knew who to pass over,
About 1,500 years later Josephus wrote that in Roman times, the Greeks spread rumors that the Jews slaughtered a Greek in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and ate his intestines as part of their religious rites.
The story of William of Norwich (d. 1144) is often cited as the first known accusation of European blood libel. Jews in Norwich, England were accused of murder after a Christian boy, William, was found dead. It was claimed that the Jews had tortured and crucified their victim. The Jews of the town were murdered.The British blood libel spread throughout Europe. France’s first blood libel took place in Blois in 1171, 31 Jews were burned at the stake as Passover approached. In 1235, in the town of Fulda in what is now Germany, Christians accused Jews of killing two boys and retaliated by murdering 34 Jews.
In 1840 an elderly Italian monk-priest, Padre Tommaso, and his servant disappeared in Damascus, Syria, after having visited the Jewish quarter in the city. A French consul to the Ottoman Empire, Ratti-Menton, promoted a groundless theory of ritual murder of Tommaso that the local Muslim government largely accepted. Jewish leaders were arrested and tortured. Sixty of their children were held hostage and starved to pressure their parents into confessing. One source said that four adults died from the mistreatment; another states that two died and some were permanently disabled. Most of the rest confessed involvement in a ritual murder. The consul then requested permission from the Syrian government to murder the rest of his suspects. (Jonathan Frankel, “‘Ritual Murder’ in the Modern Era: The Damascus Affair of 1840,” Jewish Social Studies Volume 3, Number 2).
That event is credited with introducing the blood libel myth to the Arab world, where it is still circulating.
Today the story changes a bit, “horrible Israeli soldiers deliberately killing children,” usually accepted by the mainstream media, progressive Democrats, much of the EU and the Arab World. The libel is spread by the media without question even though they are false and despite the fact that the US State Dept. definition calls those blood libels Antisemitism.Their definition of Jew-hatred includes using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
One such blood libel the al Durah hoax, where a young child was supposedly shot by Israeli forces. The story was faked by an anti-Israel French reporting crew and was picked up by the world media. The hoax incited the second Palestinian intifada, which caused the deaths of more than a thousand Palestinian and Israeli citizens. The entire thing was staged by a Palestinian Cameraman who worked for one of the French TV Networks—the boy was never harmed by the IDF.
In October of 2015 Israeli police shot a man who was lunging at them with a knife, but MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin claimed the man’s hand was open and couldn’t be holding a knife, this was an anti-Semitic blood libel lie so blatant that host Jose Diaz’ Balart used the video Mohyeldin filed to show that it was very clear that the terrorist’s hands weren’t open and it certainly looked like he had a knife in his hand. See video below(Mohyeldin was not fired for lying on the air).
Three days after Bush #43 went into Iraq in 2003 (and three weeks before Passover), anti-Semite and holocaust denier Pat Buchanan came up with a new angle to the blood libel, Buchanan who is a serial Jew-hater claimed those damned Jooos pushed us into war:
“For whose benefit these endless wars in a region that holds nothing vital to America save oil, which the Arabs must sell us to survive? Who would benefit from a war of civilizations between the West and Islam? Answer: one nation, one leader, one party. Israel, Sharon, Likud.” ( The American Conservative Whose War? 3/24/03)
The truth is that Prime Minister Sharon strongly recommended against the Iraq war, prophetically saying that Saddam Hussein is the West’s only check on Iran and removing the despot would allow the Iranian regime to dominate the gulf.
During the ramp-up to the Iran deal, President Obama seemed to agree with Buchanan’s false libel.
Author Max Blumenthal, son of Hillary Clinton buddy Sid Blumenthal often makes “blood libel accusations against Israel. His latest book Goliath includes chapters comparing Israel to the Nazis, such as “The Concentration Camp,” or “The Night of Broken Glass,” and others which are just slanderous, like “How to Kill Goyim and Influence People,” all of them reminiscent of the anti-Semitic blood libels popular in medieval Europe. F. Glenn Miller Jr., the 73-year-old avowed anti-Semite accused who shot and killed three Jews outside a Jewish community center in Kansas three years ago, was a huge fan of Max Blumenthal’s anti-Semitic rantings. Max’s writings were emailed to Hillary by his father. She sent them around to the State Department to read.
But the news media participates in the blood libel also The news coverage of the Israel war with Hamas four years ago contained elements of the “blood libel.” Palestinian civilian deaths were overstated and claimed that Israel’s response to more than 50,000 rockets was disproportionate and some even charged that Israel was targeting or ignoring civilians, instead of the truth which was that Hamas was using civilians as human shields, examples of which can be found here and here.
Former President Obama often reawakened the medieval anti-Semitic blood libel with false accusations against the Jewish State and refusing to acknowledge the Palestinian’s use of human shields and condemning Israel for any civilian casualties despite the fact that his own Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said that Israel went to “extraordinary lengths” to limit civilian casualties in the recent war in Gaza and that the Pentagon had sent a team to see what lessons could be learned from the operation.
“I actually do think that Israel went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties. In fact, about 3 months ago we sent, we asked [IDF Chief of Staff] Benny [Gantz] if we could send a lessons learned team – one of the things we do better than anybody I think is learn – and we sent a team of senior officers and non-commissioned officers over to work with the IDF to get the lessons from that particular operation in Gaza. To include the measures they took to prevent civilian casualties and what they did with tunneling, because Hamas had become very nearly a subterranean society. And so, that caused the IDF some significant challenges. But they did some extraordinary things to try to limit civilian casualties to include calling out, making it known that they were going to destroy a particular structure. Even developed some techniques, they call it roof knocking, to have something knock on the roof, they would display leaflets to warn citizens and population to move away from where these tunnels.”
Immediately afterward Jen Psaki the spokesperson for the State Department, did what she could to shoot down General Dempsey.
It remains the broad view of the entire administration that they could have done more,” Psaki said during a press briefing Friday when asked about the Dempsey. And they should have taken more feasible precautions to prevent civilian casualties.
AP reporter Matt Lee pointed out that, according to Dempsey, Israel had lived up to the “high standards” to which the Obama administration holds Israel. Still, Psaki said, Israel’s efforts were not enough
Even when an Israeli attack happens outside a civilian area and the terrorist group stages a death scene like they did in 2014 when a bomb landed outside the grounds of a school, President Obama and the MSM continued to believe the staged death scene even when presented with video evidence.
As recently as Mid-March 2017 more than 200 anti-Semitic videos were hosted on YouTube, The Jewish News of Great Britain reported:
Marie van der Zyl, vice president of the Boards of Deputies, said: “These shocking and vile videos are packed with anti-Semitic tropes. They accuse Jews of murdering Christian children to use their blood in matzah – the classic blood libel; they accuse Jews of promoting paedophile; they accuse Jews owning the world’s governments and media and they accuse Jews of being parasites. To say the videos promote racial hatred would be a massive understatement
And of course, Louis Farrakhan who is loved and respected by Democratic Party members of Congress and the women’s movement. Farrakhan preaches that the Jews are warmongers who enjoy killing. During his latest Saviour’s Day, Speech Farrakhan repeated one of his favorites; “It is now becoming apparent that there were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks. Israelis had foreknowledge of the attacks… We know that many Jews received a text message not to come to work on September 11”
Murderous Jews is a favorite theme of Farrakhan In recent history, Farrakhan crawled out from under his rock it to blame the death of Michael Jackson on the Jews, and the Jews turned Major Hasan into a killer.
Just as disturbing as Farrakhan’s use of the blood libel is the fact that so many members of Congress including 21 members of the Congressional Black Coalition and the deputy chairman of the Democratic Party embrace and honor the hate-monger.
This is an abridged list, sadly there are enough examples to fill a years-worth of posts, and that’s just for the modern anti-Semitic blood libels.
In the weeks leading up to and during the Passover holiday when we tell the story of how God wondrously delivered our ancestors from Egypt. The Jew haters of all forms will still be out there accusing the Jews of a lust for blood. Understand that while some will say Israel, that is simply a politically correct way of saying Jews.
Near the end of the Seder, Jews open the door to the outside the purpose of which most people say is to symbolically invite the Prophet Elijah to join the meal. But others believe the reason has more to do with the prayer which comes next:
“Pour out Thy wrath upon the nations that know Thee not, and upon kingdoms that did not call upon Thy name. For they have consumed Jacob, and laid waste his habitation. Pour out Thy rage upon them, and let Thy fury overtake them. Pursue them in anger and destroy them, from under the heavens of the LORD.”
It is unique in Jewish Prayer, we don’t normally pray for bad things to happen to bad people. Usually, we pray for them to change their ways. But Passover is the celebration of our freedom as a people, and the blood libel is now a year-round problem.
Perhaps the reason to open the door and make that prayer is to make a very public show to the haters, like the slime who perpetuate the modern-day blood libel, or politicians who accept hatred in the name of votes, that as a free Jewish people we will no longer hide and with the help of God we will never stand for your hatred.