Matzoh Blood Libel Alive and Well in the Muslim World


shemurah-matzohIt may seem crazy in this day and age, but unfortunately, the “matzah blood libel” is alive and well. In a discussion with Arutz Sheva, Professor Moshe Sharon of Hebrew University said that there were still many instances of accusations against Jews that they use the blood of non-Jews to make matzah, but that these accusations today are made in the Muslim world, not the Christian world, where the libel originated.

The accusation that Jews use the blood of Christian or Muslim blood is quite common in Islamic literature. Materials printed by Hizbullah, Hamas and other terror groups, along with books sold throughout the Arab world, discuss alleged cases of Jewish use of blood for matzah baking, said Sharon. “Historical” investigations of cases of blood usage by Jews are common fodder for academic dissertations; for example, the Syrian war minister Mustafa Talas did his dissertation on the Damascus blood libel of 1840.

Israeli Arabs are also affected by these beliefs, said Sharon. He discussed the case of one of his students at Hebrew University who once asked him where Jews find the Christian blood they need to bake matzah. “This shows that the tradition of the blood libel is still deeply rooted,” he said. One bestseller in Kuwait includes a step by step guide to the process of producing blood for matzah baking, including the lurid description of a special barrel with sharp prongs into which the Christian child is strapped, and the barrel rolled along the ground so that the prongs stab him and release his blood, which is collected in a special vessel in the barrel.

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