693-4 CE: At the 16th & 17th church Councils of Toledo charged
Jews with undermining the church, massacring Catholics, etc.
829: St. Agobard, The Archbishop of Lyon, said that Jews were
kidnapping Christian children and selling them to the Arabs.
1130: Jews in London were accused of killing a sick man. They were
fined 1 million marks.
1321: Jews were charged of arranging with criminals to poison fountains
in Guienne, France. 5,000 Jews were burned alive.
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.
Current status of the blood libel myths:
There are four main blood libel myths circulating at this time:
Neo-nazis and Christian Identity groups vs. Jews. Some examples:
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
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.