Quotation from an American, 19th century Vice-consul:
"A most barbarous secret for a long time suspected in the Jewish
nation...at last came to light in the city of Damascus, that of serving
themselves of Christian blood in their unleavened bread...a secret which
these 1,840 years must have made many unfortunate victims."
Jasper Chasseaud, US vice-consul, Beirut, Lebanon, 1840 CE.
This section links together one basic lie that has been used by many groups
to justify persecution of religious minorities:
Myths used during the Pagan persecution of the early Christian
Lies against Jews spread (and sometimes opposed) by the Christian
Propaganda used by Nazis during the Shoa (Nazi holocaust),
Anti-semitic myths currently spread by some Muslim sources, and
Other similar "blood libel" myths.
We do not wish to imply that persons perpetrating one of these myths is/was
aware of their linkage to past persecutions. The perpetrators probably believe/believed
that their cause was just, and that their beliefs, however deluded, were true.
Dan Cohn-Sherbok, "The Crucified Jew: 20 centuries of Christian Anti-Semitism,"
Eerdmans (1992). Review/order
Jonathan Frankel, "The Damascus Affair : 'Ritual Murder', Politics, and
the Jews in 1840," Cambridge University Press, (1997).
Jasper Chasseaud, Letter to John Forsyth (1840-MAR-24, no. 12), microfilm 367, State
Department archives, U.S. National Archives. Quoted in: Jonathan Frankel, "'Ritual Murder' in the Modern Era: The Damascus Affair of
1840," Jewish Social Studies Volume 3, Number 2, at: http://www.indiana.edu/~iupress/journals/jss-art3.html#r4