The Blood Libel: Why Passover is a Dangerous Time for Jews

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).

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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).

The modern version of the libel usually involves the warlike American Jews controlling our foreign policy and pushing the country into war, or the warlike Jewish State of Israel deliberately trying to kill young Palestinians.

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…



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