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Blood LibelDr. William Barth Salem-News.com
You might excuse Palin's use of this term based on her celebrated ignorance, but we need to be aware that the use of Blood libel was historically used to encourage the hatred of Jews.
(LOS ANGELES) - I am no conspiracy theorist but Cong. Giffords is the first Jewish Congresswoman from Arizona, and her alleged assassin apparently had a copy of Mien Kampf in his belongings.
Tonight, Sarah Palin used the term Blood Liable in her video speech. This after Palin's website urged followers to take out Congresswomen Giffords (and other Democrats) using rifle target-scope cross-hairs.
American-Jewry are not used to the type of persecution suffered by our European-Jewish counterparts. However, Jews and Gentiles should be concerned about the increased use of hate speech.
You might excuse Palin's use of this term based on her celebrated ignorance. But we need to be aware that the use by Palin of this term was historically used to encourage the hatred of Jews.
It is time for us to wake up about the increased use of hate speech, and the need to protect ourselves against it's consequences. Most civilized states such as Canada have enacted hate speech protections:
Blood libel (also blood accusation) refers to a false accusation or claim that religious minorities, almost always Jews, murder children to use their blood in certain aspects of their religious rituals and holidays. Historically, these claims have–alongside those of well poisoning and host desecration–been a major theme in European persecution of Jews.
The libels typically allege that Jews require human blood for the baking of matzos for Passover. The accusations often assert that the blood of Christian children is especially coveted, and historically blood libel claims have often been made to account for otherwise unexplained deaths of children. In some cases, the alleged victim of human sacrifice has become venerated as a martyr, a holy figure around whom a martyr cult might arise. A few of these have been even canonized as saints, like Gavriil Belostoksky.
In Jewish lore, blood libels were the impetus for the creation in the 16th century of the Golem of Prague by Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel. Many popes have either directly or indirectly condemned the blood accusation, and no pope has ever sanctioned it. These libels have persisted among some segments of Christians to the present time.
The earlier stories describe only the torture and agony of the victim and suggest that the child's death was the sole purpose of the ritual. Over time and as the libel proliferated, the focus shifted to the supposed need to collect the victim's blood for mystical purposes.
The story of William of Norwich (d. 1144) is the first case of alleged ritual murder that led to widespread persecutions. It does not mention the collection of William's blood nor of any ritual purpose to the alleged ritual murder. In the story of Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln (d. 1255) it was said that after the boy was dead, his body was removed from the cross and laid on a table. His belly was cut open and his entrails removed for some occult purpose, such as a divination ritual. In the story of Simon of Trent (d. 1475) it was highly stressed how the boy was held over a large bowl so all his blood could be collected.
According to "Walter Laqueur"
Previous Salem-News.com reports on the tragedy in Arizona:
Dr. William K. Barth, a graduate of the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, is a lawyer who researches the politics of minority rights. Dr. Barthʼs doctoral thesis entitled On Cultural Rights: The Equality of Nations and the Minority Legal Tradition, was recently published by Martinus Nijhoff.
Prior to initiating his research in Oxford, Dr. Barth served as a senior lawyer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He received his Master of Public Administration Degree from Harvard Universityʼs John F. Kennedy School of Government (ʼ86) and his Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law (ʼ79). He has been a member of the California State Bar in good standing since 1979.
Dr. William K. Barth's book link is: brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=210&pid=30599
You can visit his blog page at this address: thebarthreport.com/
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