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Blood libel: the myth that fuels anti-Semitism

By Candida Moss and Joel Baden, special to CNN (CNN) -- Last week a video of Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan emerged in which he claimed that Jews use the blood of non-Jewish children to make matzo for Passover.

Blood libel (also blood accusation) is a false accusation or claim that religious minorities, usually Jews, murder children to use their blood in certain aspects of their religious rituals and holidays. Historically, these claims—alongside those of well poisoning and host desecration—have been a major theme in European persecution of Jews.

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The Classic Blood Libel Against Jews Goes Mainstream in Iran - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy 21Apr15

Suleiman the Magnificent had denounced the blood libel in the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century, but it became more common as Christian influence increased in the 1800s.

Blood libel: the myth that fuels anti-Semitism

A brief history of blood libel, the myth that fuels deadly anti-Semitism and is being promoted by senior Hamas officials to this day.

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