Blood libel against Jews has been traced back to at least the Middle Ages and just recently was found in places as high as the United Nations.
Now a new example has been found in the Middle East, where the Palestinian Authority is claiming that Israeli rabbis are calling on Jews to poison Palestinian wells.
The report comes from the Palestinian Media Watch, where Itamar Marcus cited a recent “official PA TV News” report where a reporter said, “An Israeli human rights organization has exposed a religious ruling issued by Rabbi Shlomo Melamed (sic), chairman of the Council of Settlement Rabbis (sic), that gave the settlers permission to poison the drinking water and the natural wells in the [Palestinian] villages and towns throughout the West Bank.”
The Palestinian organization even warned there will be thousands of Palestinian deaths.
“What is the international community waiting for to interfere; the death of thousands of Palestinians of thirst? To meet such incident with silence and ignore the war Israel is waging against Palestinians is a cause of shame for the international community,” PMW reported the statement from the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
But there is no Rabbi Shlomo Melamed, and there is no Council of Settlement Rabbis, and there is no effort by Israelis to poison any wells, the report reveals.
PMW reported the “latest blood libel” got its start with Yehuda Shaul of the “extreme left-wing Israeli NGO called Breaking the Silence” who claimed in a private lecture Israeli settlers had “poisoned” water in a Palestinian town years ago causing the Palestinians to leave.
Then, PMW reported, the Palestinian Liberation Organization rewrote the story to allege Israelis are now, in 2016, poisoning all the water sources in the West Bank.
They made up a name and the result is, from the PLO, “An Israeli human rights organization has exposed that Jewish settlers are working intently on poisoning the drinking water in the Palestinian towns and villages throughout the West Bank. Yehuda Shaul, founder of the organization Breaking the Silence… said that the goal of poisoning the water is to cause ‘the local Palestinians to leave their villages and towns, so that the settlers will be able to take control of their lands.’…”
Ultimately, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Foreign adopted the assumption the reports are fact and condemns the “international community” for its “silence.”
Finally, PMW reported, “Official PA TV News … further expanded the libel, saying that it was not a single rabbi but an entire rabbinic council that recently made the decision. It further expanded the libel by explaining the Israeli motivation to poison the water: Kill Palestinians and force them to emigrate.”
The PA TV reporter said, on June 20, “As part of the Israeli attempts to utilize religious sources of authority to achieve political goals, an Israeli human rights organization has exposed a religious ruling issued by Rabbi Shlomo Melamed (sic), chairman of the Council of Settlement Rabbis (sic), that gave the settlers permission to poison the drinking water and the natural wells in the [Palestinian] villages and towns throughout the West Bank. This, with the goal of causing the [Palestinian] residents to leave their lands, enabling the settlers to take control of them.”
Said the report, “This analysis of the development and expansion of the PA libel shows how anxious the Palestinian Authority is to demonize and libel Israel in front of its people and the world. From one false accusation about a supposed poisoning of water ‘a few years ago,’ the Palestinian Authority in just a week, without any information or basis, is now accusing Israel of planning to murder thousands of Palestinians by poisoning wells throughout the Palestinian Authority. The PA even invented a rabbi and a rabbinical council to blame for the poisoning. And to top it off they are even condemning the international community for not stopping Israel from its planned mass murder.
“Finally, it should also be noted that Israelis and Palestinians share many of the same water sources,” the group said.
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WND reported months earlier when a Hamas leader in Gaza claimed Jews held a belief in using the blood of Christian children to make Passover Matzah, “essentially reviving the old ‘blood libel’ which dates back to the Middle Ages in Europe.”
And WND reported last year when Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations has called out the world body for allowing blood libel within its ranks.
Reuters reported Ambassador Danny Danon addressed the issue in a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Danon demanded a condemnation from the U.N. on claims made by Riyad Mansour, the chief Palestinian delegate.
“This blood libel by the Palestinian representative exposes his anti-Semitic motives and his true colors,” Danon said in the letter.
The Jewish “blood libel” is an old anti-Semitic trope that claims Jews drink Christian and Muslim blood.
“Anti-Semitism has no place in the halls of the United Nations and must be denounced,” Danon said. “I call on you to repudiate this sinister accusation and to condemn the ongoing incitement by Palestinian leaders.”
Mansour’s claims came in a letter this month to British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, head of the Security Council.
He claimed Israelis harvested body parts of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.
Mansour’s letter said, Reuters reported, “After returning the seized bodies of Palestinians killed by the occupying forces through October, and following medical examinations, it has been reported that the bodies were returned with missing corneas and other organs.”
Such blood libels have been commonly used to attack Israel over the years.
WND reported earlier when Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder and president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, went to the Vatican to try to convince the Catholic Church to dust off the long-forgotten Nostra Aetate document and proclaim its truths with renewed vigor.
The document, signed by Pope Paul VI in 1965, states that the Catholic church not only acknowledged that the Jews were not responsible for the death of Jesus, it also recognized that the Jewish covenant with God for the land of Israel had not been broken, and it stated that Christianity sprang from Jewish roots.
A competing document, the “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,” is a proven hoax that was put out by anonymous Jew haters in 1903, she said.
It has been used over and over to attack Jews.
“Protocols” claimed that Jews harbored an ancient secret plan to take over the world and were the source of all the world’s problems. Henry Ford funded the printing of 500,000 copies in the United States in the 1920s and Hitler had the book taught as fact in German schools in the 1930s. Today, the book is used in the schools of many Muslim countries and is widely available on the Internet.
The ripples from its teaching continue.
For example, a Common Core lesson plan required eighth-grade students in a California school district last year to question whether the Holocaust actually happened.
The eight-page assignment asked students to weigh arguments on whether the Holocaust was an “actual event” or a “propaganda tool that was used for monetary gain.” It was justified as an exercise in “critical thinking.”
Meanwhile, Turkey is rewriting its school textbooks with regard to the Armenian genocide, denying that it ever occurred. And Palestinian school children are taught geography with maps that do not include the state of Israel.
Watch clip below of a sermon broadcast on Palestinian Authority TV in which Jews are called “apes” and “pigs” bent on harming Muslims.
Two years ago, the Egyptian newspaper Misrelgdida published multiple features promoting the Jewish “blood libel.”
The first article gave a “history” of Passover blood rituals that allegedly continue.
The writer said Christian neighbors of Jews were scared of the holiday because they were worried about abduction and ritual slaughtering for their blood. He claimed that Jews would hunt for Christian babies who never tasted wine and stab them to death in a ceremony in the synagogue, after which they would distribute the blood to drink four cups of “wine” during the Passover seder, while singing and dancing with their families.