Tag Archives: blood libel

The Forgotten Jewish Refugees From Arab Lands.

Much has been written about the Palestinian refugees, but little attention has been paid to nearly one million Jewish refugees forced to flee their Arab homelands in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Levant and beyond. Between 1948-1972, approximately 586,000 Jews from Arab countries were resettled in Israel, while 200,000 …

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Antisemitism is at its core a conspiracy theory.

Antisemitism is at its core a conspiracy theory.  It is based in the irrational belief that “the Jews”, a numerically tiny and historically marginalised ethnic and religious group, have been conspiring to cause harm to others, undermining and manipulating, for their own nefarious purposes.  It is not what Jews do …

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Jews of York.

After the Norman Conquest of 1066, a number of Jews came to England from Rouen in France.  The early Norman kings needed to borrow money to build castles and secure their kingdom, but money-lending was forbidden to Christians.  It was, however, permitted to Jews.  These French-speaking Jews were protected by …

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Poisoned Minds.

There is a scene in the movie, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”, in which the Sacha Baron Cohen character finds himself deep inside redneck territory in an American country and western lounge bar.  Borat and his band are introduced as being from Kazakhstan. …

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And Cries of “Genocide” Rang Out Across the Land…

Last week I discussed how the blood-libel has adapted to the current political moment and is growing within progressive-left discourse around the Arab-Israel conflict. The function of the blood-libel is to create hatred toward Jews for political reasons.  Just as the Nazis used hatred toward Jews as a uniting rallying-cry …

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The Jews Kill Children

The purpose of the medieval blood-libel was to justify political violence against Jews through the claim that Jews kill children. Typically it was said that Jews use the blood of Christian babies for use in the making of matzoh… however anti-intuitive that may sound.  The blood-libel is an exceedingly primal …

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