A history prof from Bar Ilan University says "blood libel" is the real deal in his new book.
This will get the Zionists hopping. :)
Giving Proof To Blood Libel?
According to a new book by history professor Ariel Toaff, medieval Jews not only sacrificed Christian children, they also used their blood as an ingredient in baking matzo (unleavened bread). In Bloody Passovers: The Jews of Europe and Ritual Murders, Toaff, son of Rabbi Elio Toaff, describes "the mutilation and crucification of a two-year-old boy to recreate Christ's execution at Pesach" near the northern Italian city of Trento. Not surprisingly his allegations have outraged quite a few people in Italy and across the world including 12 of Italy's chief Rabbis who stated in response "the only blood spilled in these stories was that of so many innocent Jews, massacred on account of unjust and infamous accusations."
Toaff, a professor at Bar Illan University, near Tel Aviv, bases his claims on confessions "extracted by torture" during a "medieval trial" in 1475. Suffice to say, this might not be the most reliable source, and even Toaff only goes so far as to say the accusations "might have been true." Still, for centuries, this so-called "Blood Libel" has been used as an excuse for the segregation and annihilation of Jews, which is why people are in such an uproar over the new book. What seems to have been forgotten in the shuffle though is that Toaff is describing a "deviant sect" of fanatics some 500 years ago -- a time when all types of brutal behavior (NAFW) took place. And even if there is some truth to his claims, to consider them indicative of an entire religion would be like believing the Branch Davidians are representative of all Christians. Admitting that these events may have taken place and examining the evidence empirically is not anti-Semitic; however, believing they provide justification for centuries of genocide is.
By Emil Steiner | February 8, 2007; 11:29 AM ET | Category: OFF/beat Politics