A “blood libel” is a false, incendiary claim against Jews, originating in early medieval Europe, meant to whip up anti-Jewish hatred, and which sometimes led to massacres of Jewish communities.
Last Thursday, as Jews celebrated the holiday of Purim, the blood libel was repeated in a leading Palestinian newspaper. (The word “Purim” is an ancient Persian word meaning “lots,” as the villain of the Purim story, Haman, a powerful adviser to the Persian king, drew lots to determine which day would be most successful in his plot to have all the Jews in the Persian Empire annihilated. The details of the story are chronicled in the biblical Book of Esther.)
The author of the article, a former Hamas official, is engaging in a massive projection; It’s ‘Palestinians’ who celebrate the spilling of blood, in their honoring of terrorists as “martyrs.”
Via Jerusalem Post.
A former Hamas official, Mustafa al-Lidawi, accused Jews of using the blood of non-Jews to prepare pastries for Purim….
In an article that was published in the independent Palestinian Ma’an News Agency, al-Lidawi said that “[Purim] is the same holiday that the people of Europe hated and detested….
“This is because the Jews who lived in Europe would always bake a large pastry on the occasion of the holiday, and everyone would eat it. However, this pastry was mixed with the blood of a victim they chose from among those who were not Jews. Most of the time the victim was a little boy,” he continued….
Drawing parallels between the author’s version of history and the modern Palestinian struggle, he emphasized that “This Jewish mentality and this ancient nature [of the Jews] have not changed. For they fashioned their joy from the blood of others, hold their celebrations at the expense of the sighs and groans of the victims who they tortured, and base their happiness on the sorrow of others.
Al-Lidawi is well-known for his blatantly antisemitic views. Five years ago, he published a similar article concerning Passover in which he claimed the Passover matzah was customarily prepared with the blood of a Christian child….