A Saudi government-approved newspaper published a column asserting that Jews use the blood of teenagers to make a special pastry associated with the March holiday of Purim, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, which provided a translation.

“This holiday has some dangerous customs that will, no doubt, horrify you, and I apologize if any reader is harmed because of this,” wrote Dr. Umayma Ahmad Al-Jalahma of King Faisal University in a column published March 10.

Writing in the daily Al-Riyadh, Al-Jalahma said, “For this holiday, the Jewish people must obtain human blood so that their clerics can prepare the holiday pastries. In other words, the practice cannot be carried out as required if human blood is not spilled!!”

The allegation of blood libel was common in the Middle Ages when Jews were accused of “ritual murder” in their celebration of the Passover. During the feast, which commemorates Israel’s escape from Egypt, a family puts the blood of a lamb on the doorpost of its home, but Jews were accused of using the blood of Christian children. The Catholic Church has since condemned the unfounded allegation.

Al-Jalahma insisted “that the Jews’ spilling human blood to prepare pastry for their holidays is a well-established fact, historically and legally, all throughout history. This was one of the main reasons for the persecution and exile that were their lot in Europe and Asia at various times.”

For the Purim holiday pastries, the columnist said, “the victim must be a mature adolescent who is, of course, a non-Jew – that is, a Christian or a Muslim. His blood is taken and dried into granules. The cleric blends these granules into the pastry dough; they can also be saved for the next holiday. In contrast, for the Passover slaughtering, about which I intend to write one of these days, the blood of Christian and Muslim children under the age of 10 must be used, and the cleric can mix the blood (into the dough) before or after dehydration.”

Al-Jalahma continued:

“Let us now examine how the victims’ blood is spilled. For this, a needle-studded barrel is used; this is a kind of barrel, about the size of the human body, with extremely sharp needles set in it on all sides. (These needles) pierce the victim’s body, from the moment he is placed in the barrel.

“These needles do the job, and the victim’s blood drips from him very slowly. Thus, the victim suffers dreadful torment – torment that affords the Jewish vampires great delight as they carefully monitor every detail of the blood-shedding with pleasure and love that are difficult to comprehend.

“After this barbaric display, the Jews take the spilled blood, in the bottle set in the bottom (of the needle-studded barrel), and the Jewish cleric makes his coreligionists completely happy on their holiday when he serves them the pastries in which human blood is mixed.

“There is another way to spill the blood: The victim can be slaughtered as a sheep is slaughtered, and his blood collected in a container. Or, the victim’s veins can be slit in several places, letting his blood drain from his body.

“This blood is very carefully collected – as I have already noted – by the ‘rabbi,’ the Jewish cleric, the chef who specializes in preparing these kinds of pastries.

“The human race refuses even to look at the Jewish pastries, let alone prepare them or consume them!”

Fabricated stories alleging Jewish consumption of gentile blood have recently made a huge comeback in the Arab world since Sept. 11. Another claim frequently spread by major Arab newspapers today is the assertion that the Nazi holocaust never occurred.

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