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  Blood Libel, Host Desecration and other Myths
In 1817, Czar Alexander I of Russia declared that the blood libel was a myth.
This event introduced the blood libel myth to the Arab world, where it is still circulating.
A variation of the blood libel myth developed in Europe early in the 11th century.
www.religioustolerance.org /jud_blib2.htm   (2416 words)

 Blood libel - Avoo - Ask Us A Question -
Blood libels are unfounded allegations that a particular group kills people as a form of human sacrifice, and uses their blood in various rituals.
Blood libels against the Jews were a common form of anti-Semitism during the Middle Ages, though there is no ritual involving human blood in Jewish law or custom.
The blood libel resurfaced in the work of Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774–1824), a German Catholic nun and alleged visionary, when she commented (pp 547–8) in her biography that an elderly Jewish woman had told her that the blood libel was "true" and that Jews "did" steal Christian children for use in ritual sacrifices.
www.avoo.com /wiki/Blood_libel   (1254 words)

 The Catholic Church and the Blood Libel Myth:
The Pope's action did not prevent the blood libel case of Lincoln, England in 1255, although this is widely regarded as a pretext found by King Henry III (1207-1272)--not a great friend of Rome either--to confiscate the patrimonies of the wealthiest Jews in England.
Blood libel, however, was rarely mentioned in the first decades of the 19th century, perhaps because the Holy Office report of 1759 was still comparatively recent.
It is in Muslim Syria that the case that revived blood libel in the 19th century occurred in 1840.
www.covenant.idc.ac.il /en/vol1/issue2/introvigne.html   (3698 words)

 Blood Libel: Racism and the Fear of Sex in the Pro-life Movement
Blood libel is currently manifested in the strategy of pro-life groups to associate abortion with either the Holocaust, or Slavery and Abolitionism.
Blood libel has been expanded through perverse imaginings to apply to the foreigners and to women.
If the accusation of blood libel can be used successfully in controlling women it will be much easier to tell other, less outrageous lies to control and exploit homosexuals, immigrants, foreigners and the poor.
www.postfun.com /pfp/features/98/oct/bloodlibel.html   (3606 words)

 Passover and the Blood Libel
The fact that human sacrifice and the use of animal blood for any purpose is strictly forbidden according to Jewish law, did not matter to the perpetrators and believers of lies.
Repudiations of blood libels by many popes throughout the ages occasionally helped to protect some communities but by and large did little to stop them.
Eleven years later, the blood libel resurfaced in England bringing horrific consequences to a group of Jews attending a wedding in the city of Lincoln.
www.jewishmag.com /78mag/bloodlibel/bloodlibel.htm   (1187 words)

  Blood Libel
The blood libel led to many massacres of Jews and Jewish trials in the Middle Ages and the "blood libel" was again revived by the Nazis and has been used by anti-Zionists to defame the Jews.
The origin of blood myths have its roots in the primordial conception about special energy and strength attributed to blood and blood sacrifices were practiced by many pagan religions.
Like other libels there are no limits to which intentional instigators will go to weave their phantasmagoria which in the case of the "blood libel" resulted in the torture, murder and expulsions of hundreds of thousands of Jews.
pnews.org /bio/blood.shtml   (1460 words)

  JewishEncyclopedia.com - BLOOD ACCUSATION:   (Site not responding. Last check: )
No blood was missing: a quantity proportionate to the size of the body was found in the saturated garments, in the hair (which was caked with blood), in the pool of blood near the body, and in the body itself.
Whoever held this gum to be blood unjustly accused the Jews of employing blood for ritual purposes.
The total quantity of blood lost in the case of death through wounds is only about one-half of this blood-content of the body, or, in the case of decapitation (where the loss of blood is heaviest), about 72 per cent of it.
www.jewishencyclopedia.com /view.jsp?artid=1173&letter=B   (5496 words)

 Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Blood libels are unfounded allegations that a particular group eats people as a form of human sacrifice, often accompanied by the claim of using the blood of their victims in various rituals.
Blood libels against the Jews were a common form of anti-Semitism during the Middle Ages.
The blood libel appears in the work of Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774–1824), a German Catholic nun and alleged visionary, when she comments (pp 547–8) in her biography that an elderly Jewish woman had told her that the blood libel was "true" and that Jews "did" steal the children of Christians for use in ritual sacrifices.
www.goupstate.com /apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS&template=wiki&text=Blood_libel   (1053 words)

 Blood Libel - definition - Zionism and Israel -Encyclopedia / Dictionary/Lexicon of Zionism/Israel/Middle East/Judaism
Blood Libel - False accusation that Jews prepare Passover Mazoth (unleavened bread) from the blood of Christian or gentile children.
The Blood Libel was a phenomenon of Medieval Christian anti-Semitism, but spread to the Middle East as early as 1775, when there was a blood libel in Hebron.
Blood libels in the both the West and the East were generally occasions for large-scale persecution of Jews.
www.zionism-israel.com /dic/blood_libel.htm   (498 words)

 Blood Libel   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In the middle ages, the concept of Blood Libel described a process of rumor and innuendo, that grew in grandiose proportions and was inevitable placed on a Jewish person outside the Christian community.
One of the bizarre misconceptions was that Jews made Matzah, a yeast-less cracker/bread with the blood of Christian infants which they stole in the middle of the night.
Blood Libel still exists today as we blame people or ethnic groups for crimes based up prejudice, rumor and innuendo because they are not like us and do not believe as we believe.
www.shoaheducation.com /bloodlibel.html   (373 words)

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The traditional anti-Semitic blood libel in which Jews are accused of murder and using blood for religious purposes has once again found expression in the Arab world, this time in a TV broadcast in Israel's northern neighbor, Lebanon.
Or about Blood for the Matzah of Zion, (which deals with) the slaughter of the priest Tomaso de Camangiano, who was a Sicilian with French citizenship, in the days of Muhammad Ali Pasha, in 1840..." he continued.
Blood libels first surfaced in the Middle Ages and used to incite Christian mobs in Europe to massacre thousands of Jews.
www.ynetnews.com /articles/0,7340,L-3361434,00.html   (426 words)

 Americans React to Damascus Blood Libel
The earliest collective action by American Jews on behalf of their overseas brethren came in response to the Damascus blood libel of 1840.
American Jews were dismayed that the ancient blood libel had reared up again.
The American ambassador helped Montefiore secure from the Ottoman Sultan an imperial decree in November declaring that the blood libel had “not the least foundation in truth” and that Jews “shall possess the same advantages and enjoy the same privileges” as his other subjects, especially the free exercise of their religion.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/anti-semitism/reaction.html   (336 words)

 Refuting the Blood Libel
For the soul of the flesh is in the blood and I have assigned it for you upon the Altar to provide atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that atones for the soul.
Only be strong not to eat the blood - for the blood, it is the life - and you shall not eat the life with the meat.
The blood of those who walk on two feet, the blood of eggs, and the blood of insects is forbidden but one is not obligated to bring a sin-offering.
talmud.faithweb.com /articles/blood.html   (1058 words)

The blood libel supposes that Jews entertain homicidal intentions towards non-Jews, and that Jewish law underwrites these intentions; the conspiracy libel supposes that Jews act as one, in pursuit of goals inimical to the interests of non-Jews; the economic libel supposes that Jews, who are self-interested, acquisitive and unproductive by nature, financially exploit non-Jews.
To those who believe the blood libel to be true, it is a matter of indifference that Jews are enjoined by their religion not to commit murder, not to consume blood (Leviticus 3:17, 7:26, 17:10-14; Deuteronomy 12:15-16, 20-24), and to regard child sacrifice with horror (Leviticus 20:2-5; Kings 21:6; Jeremiah 7:31).
It was also the case, however, that during this period the blood libel seemed at times to be somewhat on the defensive, somewhat diminished in its authority, and this was reflected in a somewhat uncertain handling of the trope in much of the anti-Semitic discourse of that time.
www.engageonline.org.uk /journal/index.php?journal_id=12&article_id=42   (18995 words)

 Union of Councils for Soviet Jews -- Action Alert: "Blood Libel" Documentary Broadcast in Belarus
The Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (UCSJ) is outraged by the broadcast of a documentary on Belarussian state television that accuses Jews of murdering a Belarussian child in the seventeenth century.
The accusation was bolstered in 1844 in Vladimir Dal's book, "Investigation of the Murder of Christian Babies by the Jews and the Use of Their Blood." The Orthodox Church canonized Gavril in the twentieth century as the patron saint of sick children; he is commemorated in the beginning of each May.
The "Passover blood ritual" canard was the basis of many of the horrible anti-Jewish pogroms that swept through Eastern Europe and Russia up through the beginning of this century.
www.fsumonitor.com /stories/091697aa.shtml   (1014 words)

 Medieval Sourcebook: A Blood Libel Cult: Anderl of Rinn
These terms are used almost interchangeably but there are several scholars who have sought to distinguish between ritual murder and blood libel, arguing that ritual murder refers to a sacrificial murder in general whereas the blood libel entails specific use of the blood of the victim.
In the case of alleged Jewish ritual murder, the blood motivation is nearly always present which presumably accounts for the equally common occurrence of both ritual murder and blood libel as labels.
The blood libel legend is not only the basis of ongoing festivals, but it has also been memorialized in church decoration.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/source/rinn.html   (4978 words)

 The 1000 year History of the Jews
1144 - Norwich, England, is the site of the first blood libel*.
*blood Libel - the idea that Jews killed Gentiles to use their blood in ceremonies
1840 - Jews of Damascus are accused of blood libel.
www.biblelogic.com /Documents/HistoryoftheJews.html   (1676 words)

 Who Killed Muhammad Al-Dura? Blood Libel -- Model 2000, by Amnon Lord
His death turned into a blood libel accompanying the terror and violence, and it became the altar upon which the good name of the people and the State of Israel was sacrificed during the last two years.
In another recorded incident, a teenager is running with what looks like blood flowing from his forehead, and he is holding a soda bottle in his hand.
Two blood libels instigated the current war: One, a visit to the Temple Mount by a Jew -- the current prime minister of Israel -- and the second, the collective guilt of the people of Israel for the murder of a Palestinian child.
www.jcpa.org /jl/vp482.htm   (2397 words)

 israelinsider: Views: A 21st Century Blood Libel   (Site not responding. Last check: )
It is fabricated as blood libel, it functions like blood libel, it is maintained on life support only because it is blood libel.
Enderlin gets a free ride on a blood libel that could eventually swallow him up in its maw but in the interim enjoys the privilege of pushing himself in your face every time you try to shed light on the blood libel.
It works because it's blood libel, hysterical incoherent accusations that awaken ugly instincts in the pit of some stomachs and self-defeating guilt feelings in the hearts of others.
web.israelinsider.com /Views/10112.htm   (1561 words)

 BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | A dark lie through the ages
The accusation that Jews would drain the blood of children and then use it for ritual purposes is bizarre, as Judaism has a powerful taboo against blood.
The blood libel spread across England and Continental Europe over the centuries, with hundreds of accusations, all based on hysteria rather than evidence.
The blood libel is now so discredited in the West, he says, that the people who use it are seen as outside the scope of rational political debate.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/uk_news/magazine/3420595.stm   (673 words)

 Kishkushim خربطات קישקושים: A Factual Basis for the Blood Libel? Not Really
First, the professor's fellow Jews got all angry at him for claiming that the original blood libel accusations had some basis in the historical reality of the Middle Ages.
All I see is a number of vague statements, which are interesting but hardly amount to a real argument for the veracity of the blood libel.
And let's not forget that the first plague against the Egyptians is "blood." Or the use of red wine, which is dripped on the table for each plague.
kishkushim.blogspot.com /2007/02/factual-basis-for-blood-libel-not.html   (1361 words)

 Blood Libel
The Ottoman Sultan also issued a declaration that the blood libel had "not the least foundation in truth" and that hence Jews "shall possess the same advantages and enjoy the same privileges" as his other subjects, especially the free exercise of their religion.
Blood libels were hurled in other places throughout the decade, including in Jerusalem in May 1850.
The Western democracies could not be stirred to challenge this age-old anti-Semitic libel (which the Ottoman Sultan as the ruler of Syria, denounced when it surfaced in the 1840s).
www.hnn.us /articles/664.html   (1461 words)

 Shofar FTP Archives: antisemitism//blood-libel/blood-libel
Archive/File: people/n/nicholls.william/blood-libel Last-Modified: 1997/06/07 "The blood libel, as Jews call it, first made its appearance in the middle of the twelfth century.
This is the accusation that Jews ritually murder a Christian child at the season of Passover and mingle the child's blood with the unleavened bread they eat at that time.
The laws of ritual slaughtering require that all the blood be drained out of the animal, and that it then be salted and washed to absorb whatever remains.
www.nizkor.org /ftp.cgi/antisemitism/ftp.py?antisemitism//blood-libel/blood-libel   (1335 words)

 Aaron Kosminski Reconsidered
In an interesting parallel to the mature modus operandi of Jack the Ripper, the murder of Simon of Trent and blood libel mythology in general was said to include strangulation, throat slitting, and as shown, a knife attack to the abdomen.
The blood libel myth was revived amidst an environment of increasing racism, social unrest and chaos, and one may contemplate the effect that it would have had on Aaron Kosminski, especially as he was just experiencing the onset of sexual desires associated with puberty.
It is possible that the Aaron's memories of blood libel mythology later become intermingled with visions of the attacks he witnessed in the pogroms, giving birth to an isolated fantasy life dominated by an obsession with violence.
roberthouse.com /other/ak2/ak3.html   (10996 words)

 MKs demand trial of blood libel writer | Jerusalem Post   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Blood libels are accusations, traced back to the 12th century, that Jews used human blood in religious rituals.
Many blood libel accusations purported that Jews used the blood of young Christian children for their Pessah rituals.
Blood libel accusations have persisted in 21st century conspiracy theories.
www.jpost.com /servlet/Satellite?cid=1171894524797&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/Printer   (376 words)

 Poison: The Use of Blood Libel in the War Against Israel, by Raphael Israeli
On the morning of March 21, 1983, one week before Pesach, in a high school in the town of Arrabeh in the Jenin area of the West Bank, Palestinian girls (between the ages of 15 and 17) were sitting in several classrooms when they suddenly began to faint, one after the other.
Suddenly a spate of articles began appearing on the history of blood libels and protesting that here, too, on the eve of Pesach, they are acting toward us just as they did in the Middle Ages, with accusations of poisoning the wells.
Sadly, we are once again witness to yet another round of blood libel as part of the ongoing Arab war against Israel.
www.jcpa.org /jl/vp476.htm   (2297 words)

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