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Other groundless anti-semitic fables.

Current status of the blood libel myths

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Some other groundless antisemitic fables:

bullet 693-4 CE: At the 16th & 17th church Councils of Toledo charged Jews with undermining the church, massacring Catholics, etc.
bullet 829: St. Agobard, The Archbishop of Lyon, said that Jews were kidnapping Christian children and selling them to the Arabs.
bullet 1130: Jews in London were accused of killing a sick man. They were fined 1 million marks.
bullet 1321: Jews were charged of arranging with criminals to poison fountains in Guienne, France. 5,000 Jews were burned alive.
bullet 1347+: The Bubonic Plague, a.k.a. the Black Death, struck Europe in 1347. Jews were accused of poisoning wells (or planning to do this) in France, Spain, Switzerland, and elsewhere. In excess of 20,000 were murdered across Europe.

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Current status of the blood libel myths:

There are four main blood libel myths circulating at this time:

bullet Neo-nazis and Christian Identity groups vs. Jews. Some examples:
bullet "Nazi Alert: Propaganda 1997" at: http://www.jdl.org/nazipropaganda97.html   (A collection of Neo-Nazi hate images assembled by the Jewish Defense League. It is no longer online).
bullet "Renaissance Press," at: http://home.onestop.net/rpress/index.html (Booksellers specializing in Nazi propaganda. The good news is that they only average about 73 hits a month)
bullet Aryan Nations home page at: http://www.nidlink.com/~aryanvic/
bullet Some Fundamentalist Christians vs. a wide range of faith groups (Wiccans, Druids, other Neopagans, Satanists), on the Internet, in books and seminars. Some examples:
bullet LOGOS Communication Consortium, "Unmasking the Truth about Witches," at: http://www.execpc.com/~dlbrown/logos/truthwit.htm
bullet Balaam's Ass Publishing, "Witchcraft, Satanism and the New Age, at: http://balaams-ass.com/journal/warnings/witchcrf.htm (Particularly vicious against Druids)
bullet Jay Rogers, "Child Sacrifice in the New Age: Salem's Witch Cult and America's Abortion Industry," at: http://forerunner.com/champion/X0039_Child_Sacrifice_in_t.html (This essay describes abortion as a standard New Age/Wiccan ritual)
bullet Some feminists promoting ritual abuse beliefs accusations vs. criminal gangs, government agencies, day care centers, preschools, numerous faith groups, etc. Some examples:
bullet Doris E. Sanford, "Don't Make Me Go Back, Mommy: A Child's Book About Satanic Ritual Abuse," Questar Pub, (1990). You can buy this book from Amazon.com bookstore
bullet Emilie P. Rose, "Reaching for the Light: A Guide for Ritual Abuse Survivors and Their Therapists," Pilgrim Press, (1996). Order it from Amazon.com bookstore
bullet Judith Spencer, "Satan's High Priest," Pocket Books, (1997) Order it from Amazon.com bookstore
bullet Some Muslim media in the Middle East vs. Jews: Columnist Dr. Umayma Ahmad Al-Jalahma of King Faysal University in Al-Dammam, Saudi Arabia wrote an article in the Saudi daily newspaper on "The Jewish Holiday of Purim." In it, he stated that: "During this holiday, the Jew must prepare very special pastries, the filling of which is ... human blood... the Jews' spilling human blood to prepare pastry for their holidays is a well-established fact, historically and legally, all throughout history. This was one of the main reasons for the persecution and exile that were their lot in Europe and Asia at various times." According to columnist Joseph Farah, "The article goes on to describe how the Jews drain the blood from their young victims and the pleasure these 'Jewish vampires' derive from these actions." 1,2

On 2002-MAR-22, Turki al-Sudairi, editor-in-chief of the newspaper repudiated the article. He denounced it in an editorial, saying: "What has been mentioned by this writer is wrong. It neither reflects the opinion of Al-Riyadh newspaper nor the Saudi government. We have full respect for all religions." He was allegedly out of the country when the article was published. He also terminated his newspaper's contract with the freelance author. 3

A book by the defense minister of Syria has reached its eighth printing. It is a best-seller in the Arab world. The author accuses Jews of murdering Christians and using their blood to bake matzahs for Passover. 4

The perpetrators of these rumors are may well be unaware of their linkage with each other, and with blood libel myths of the past. The above references should be approached as works of fiction. They are very convincing accounts, are presented as documentaries, but are essentially lacking any connection with reality.

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References:

  1. Joseph Farah, "Stop the murder and hatred," WorldNetDaily at: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/
  2. Christopher Dicke & Daniel Klaidman, "How will Israel survive?," The Bulletin, 2002-MAR-27, at: http://bulletin.ninemsn.com.au/
  3. Anton La Guardia, "Saudi newspaper editor retracts 'Jewish vampire' article," News.telegraph.co.uk, 2002-MAR-22, at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/
  4. World Jewish News: Reports from across the globe, 2002-OCT-23, at: http://www.jewish.co.uk/news231002.php3

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Copyright 2000 & 2002 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2002-OCT-27
Author: B.A. Robinson

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