Medieval anti-Semitic blood libels surface in Gaza, Russia

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Arab and Russian anti-Semites last week went beyond fashionable condemnation of the State of Israel and its policies by resurrecting Medieval blood libels portraying the Jewish people as a whole as a brutal, blood-thirsty race.

In Hamas-ruled Gaza, Palestinian Arab schoolchildren were taken on a field trip to a Holocaust exhibit set up by The National Committee for Defense of Children from the Holocaust, reported the local Al Ayyam newspaper.

The exhibit made use of language and images characteristic of the Nazi Holocaust, but instead of Nazi troops feeding the ovens with Jewish victims, the exhibit portrayed Jews baking non-Jewish children to death.

Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli media watchdog, noted that the exhibit served to reinforce recent programs on Palestinian Authority-controlled television that taught local Arab youths that it was the Zionist Jews who burned humans in ovens during the Holocaust.

In Novosibirsk, Russia the Middle Ages script was followed more precisely when flyers were distributed last week warning local parents to keep their children far away from the city's Jewish population ahead of the biblical Passover holiday.

The flyers repeated a centuries-old blood libel that accuses the Jews of using the blood of Christian children to bake Passover matzah, or unleavened bread.

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