In article written here last week, Why The Overland Park Anti-Semitic Attack Happened Yesterday: Passover is The Time For Anti-Jewish Violence we wrote about the connection between Passover and Antisemitism, thanks to MEMRI we have another example.
On the occasion of Passover, Egyptian journalist Firnas Hafzi wrote in an article titled "The Jewish Bloodsuckers On Passover" that Jews kill non-Jews during this holiday in order to use their blood in preparing matzas. Quoting researchers who describe this alleged Jewish custom, she listed many alleged cases, including the 1840 Damascus blood libel. She added that as part of their efforts to disassociate themselves from these murders, the Jews wrote stories and made films about vampires, or else blamed their crimes on deranged individuals. The murders that the Jews are known to have committed as part of their Passover rituals, she said, are "a drop in the ocean compared to the Jewish crimes that no one knows about" and thousands of children and adults who have vanished around the world were likely victims of these Jewish rituals.
The following are excerpts from Hafzi's article:
"In another stage of the Passover celebrations, [the Jews] combined the preparation of matzas and the offering up of sacrifices with their enmity towards non-Jews, especially Christians, and mixed the blood of one of their victims into the matza [dough. This was done] especially on Passover, Purim and circumcision rituals. They also used blood in acts of sorcery and witchcraft, as stated in Isaiah 57:4-5: 'Are you not children of transgression, the offspring of deceit, you who burn with lust among the oaks, under every green tree, who slaughter your children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks?'
"The most well-known incident which demonstrates how the Jews managed to shed the blood of many innocent people occurred on February 6, 1840, when a Catholic monk named Toma, an Italian living in Damascus, disappeared along with his servant. The Catholic monks said that the Jews had slaughtered him according to their rituals. The unusual appearance of his body, which was found dismembered, indicated that his blood had been drained. After [Damascus] Governor Sharif Pasha searched the Jewish neighborhood and captured seven of them, the neighborhood barber confessed to slaughtering the monk, and admitted that the whole affair had been [carried out] according to what is written in the Talmud about the need to bake matzas with Christian or Muslim blood. He also confessed to killing the servant. The citizens, outraged, attacked the Jewish neighborhood and burned and destroyed synagogues in Damascus, Beirut and Izmir.
"The ancient historian Josephus [Flavius] also mentioned that [the Jews] drank the blood of their victims and mixed it into the matza dough, and also ate some of [the victims'] flesh.
"The German Dr. Eric Bischoff likewise noted that one of the commandments of the Jewish [religion] is to kill strangers, who are like beasts. This killing, [he wrote,] has to be done in the lawful method. Those who do not ascribe themselves to the Jewish religious law must be offered up as sacrifices to the High God. Richard Francis Burton, who examined the Talmud and its attitude towards non-Jews in his 1898 book The Jew, The Gypsy and El Islam, admitted on page 81: 'The Talmud declares that there are two kinds of blood pleasing to the Lord, viz: (1) that of the Paschal holocaust; (2) that of circumcision.'"
"The draining of the victims' blood is done in [several ways. One method is] by means of a barrel lined with needles. This is a barrel the size of the victim's body, with sharp needles that stick into all his limbs when he is placed in it, so that his blood slowly trickles down from every part of his body. This entails excruciating torment, which gives pleasure to the Jews who become drunk with joy at the sight of the blood dripping from the victim's [body] to the bottom of the barrel and into a container placed there to collect it. [Another method] is to slaughter the victim like a sheep and collecting his blood in a vessel, or else slashing the victim's veins in numerous places so that the blood flows from the wounds into the vessels. Then the blood is handed to a rabbi who prepares a matza laced with human blood in order to please the Jewish god, Jehovah, who thirsts for blood. The Jews can rejoice in their holidays only if they eat matza laced with the blood of non-Jews.She give plenty more disgusting examples before she ends with "the cover-up"
As part of the efforts to deny [the Jewish crimes], Jewish Americans wrote stories about vampires in the 1970s, in order to disassociate themselves from the accusation of sucking human blood and deceive [the mechanisms of] justice. During that period they spent millions on Dracula films, in order to deceive world public opinion. They claimed that those who slaughter children and adults and suck their blood are lunatics and that all this has nothing to do with them and their religious rituals. On February 14, 1964, the [Egyptian] magazine Al-Musawwar published a story about vampires in Colombia after many [Colombian] children had been slaughtered to shed their blood. Neither the magazine nor the investigators in Colombia dreamed that the vampires might be Jews, rather than [people who] sell blood to hospitals."What makes this Libel particularly disgusting is that the Torah expressly forbids the ingestion of blood. For example Leviticus 17:10-14:
And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among them, that eateth any manner of blood, I will set My face against that soul that eateth 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 maketh 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 eateth it shall be cut off.Anti-Semitic hatred isn't unique to Egypt or even in the Muslim world. It is rampant throughout Europe, it is alive in the United States, you see it on television, you see it in the BDS movement and you even see it in Jewish circles such as J-Street. And most of the Antisemitism is accepted by governments across the world, sadly even in the United States.