2018-05-23 / Letters

Medieval Blood Libel Against Israel

To the Editor: The Northfield News                                                                                                                       
The photo of a grieving Gazan grandmother mourning over the lifeless body of her eight-month-old granddaughter, believed to have succumbed to tear gas inhalation, made the front page of countless American and European newspapers, 5/16/2018.  This image has further incensed the world against Israel. The infant’s death is, of course, tragic, but what is also disastrous is that the nations accept the Hamas Health Ministry’s explanation.  Only hours after this diabolical dupe, the Associated Press reported that “other Gaza health officials are casting doubt on initial claims that a 9-month-old baby died from Israeli tear gas fired during mass protests on the Gaza border with Israel.”
The AP wire also stated, “A medical doctor said Tuesday that the baby, Layla Ghaben, had a pre-exiting medical condition and that he did not believe her death was caused by tear gas.” This is a modern variation of a banal medieval anti-Semitic theme known as the “Blood Libel” or “Blood Accusation.”  During the dark ages, European countries, especially Spain and Britain, were settings for racist attacks on Jews. Innocent souls were taken because it was believed Jews murdered Christian children for their blood in the baking of matzoh for Passover. This is, of course, ridiculous, but pogroms were incited, because of of this banal superstition. Hence, The legend of the Golem.
What’s different today is that not only has this curse successfully evolve over time, but it has also rendered itself unrecognizable upon the international poltical stage. 2009, the respected Swedish tabloid, Aftronbladet, with 1.5 million readers, ran a story claiming that Israeli soldiers harvested the organs of 69 captive Palestinians, who died in custody. It seems the Israelis were conducting “macabre operations” in the disputed territories.
On March 23, 2001, Dr. Mahmoud All-Said Al Kurdi, a columnist for the Egyptian government newspaper, Al Ahkbar, published an article titled, “The Last Scene in the Life of Father Toma, a Docu-drama for the Arab Summit in Amman.”
It opens with, “The Talmud, the second holiest book for Jews, determines that the matzoh of Atonement Day must be kneaded with the blood of a non-Jew. The preference is for the blood of youths after raping them. Rabbi Moshe Al-Alfiah revealed this during the investigation of the disappearance of Father Toma in the Jewish quarter of Damascus in 1840.” This setting is where an actual blood libel ignited a pogrom against the Jews.
March 10, 2012, Khulood Badwahi, a UN employee, tweeted, “Palestine is bleeding. Another child killed by #Israel. Another father carrying his child to a grave in #Gaza.” Badawi works for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Jerusalem.  These tweets were sent from her office as Hamas and the IDF clashed in Gaza.
There are three problems with her tweets. One is the photo was taken by Reuters in 2006 of a child killed in an accident far removed from the implied turmoil. The second is that Badawi was hired by OCHA despite her history of Pro-Palestine activities. And the third, OCHA’s website states that “humanitarian actors must not side in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious, or ideological nature.” She remains employed with OCHA.
 The President of the World Muslim Congress, and UN Saudi delegate, Dr. Ma’ruf al-Dawalibi, spoke before the United Nations Human Rights Commission Conference on Religious Tolerance, December 5, 1984. Explaining anti-Semitism, he said, “Why? Let them answer this question themselves. The Talmud says that any Jew who does not drink every year the blood of a non-Jew will be damned forever.”
“In the last rounds of confrontations, if 62 people were martyred, 50 of them were Hamas,” said Hamas official, Salah Bardawil, in a televised interview reported by the global news agency, Agence France Presse, Paris, and Yahoo News, 5/15/2018.
Casual, impressionable, or just plain gullible readers seeking a human rights cause, are easily duped, especially with photos of dead babies and wailing Palestinians carrying a Hamas operative’s stiff body through the feverish streets. And that’s just what they are counting on. They employ full time public relations people, just like any other political party, except their Islamic terrorism is winning western hearts and minds in their propaganda campaign against the Jewish State.  
Somehow, we never seem to hear about the Egyptian Barricade of Gaza. We can just wait and see how their army reacts. Probably not unlike Black September, 1970, when Arafat’s PLO attempted a bloody take overthrow of King Hussein’s Hashemite Empire in Jordan. It seems Israel is the only country that seems to garner most of the world’s attention when it defends itself.
Global anti-Semitism masquerading as international politics? Feh!
Peter J. Fernandez

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