From the indispensable MEMRI comes the latest palestinian blood libel. And by blood libel, I literally mean blood libel.
On the eve of the Jewish holiday of Purim, February 27, 2018, the independent Palestinian Ma’an News Agency (MNA) published an article on its website by Dr. Mustafa Al-Lidawi, a former senior Hamas official. In the article, Al-Lidawi wrote about the blood libel according to which the Jews use the blood of a non-Jewish child to make the traditional Purim “hamentaschen” pastries. He went on to note that the Jews’ nature remains unchanged, and that while in the past, every Purim they poured the blood of a non-Jewish child into the dough for a “large pastry,” today they oppress the Palestinian people during this holiday.
The following are translated excerpts from Al-Lidawi’s article:
“This is the same holiday that the peoples of Europe hated and detested [and because of it] wished that the Jews would leave their countries so they could be saved from their wickedness. 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, whom they would place in a perforated barrel full of spikes. The spikes would stab the body of the victim and his blood would flow into a special dish that collected it. After this, they would use it to prepare the pastry for the sacred holiday, and they would make sure that all the Jews in the area ate some of it. Because of this, the European peoples loathed the presence of the Jews in their countries and longed for them to leave. For they were the reason for every despicable deed, the mechanism for the commission of every crime, and the source of all social and economic corruption…
I am truly offended by this. Partly because, hey, who likes being accused of murdering kids and using their blood for Purim treats? And partly because I thought we were supposed to have murdered kids and used their blood for our Passover matzot! These haters not only demonize us as murderers, but also as quite predictable in our cooking. To think we would use the same core ingredient in our celebratory foods? How dare they!
All kidding aside, the sad thing is people believe this garbage. And it is used to incite hatred and terrorism against the Jewish people. This is the root cause of the conflict, not the red herring issue of “settlements.”
Note also what else this Hamas-hole mentions in order to demonize us as barbarians:
“During this holiday they dress strangely, color their faces with different kinds of makeup, and wear strange animal masks or masks of satanic or acrobatic characters. They dress strangely to indicate their happiness, while at the same time they make sure to emphasize their joy at the plight of Haman who, they claim, planned to murder them. They create effigies of him, damage and destroy them, and then burn and mutilate them. They also prepare sweets shaped like an ear, as if they were the ears of Haman, and distribute them.
“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. They don’t mind robbing happiness from its owners and erasing the smile from the faces of the women and children whom they deprive of the sacred right to live, and whom they rob of their opportunity to rejoice, to be happy, and to live…
Should we accuse them of cultural appropriation?