Anorak | Jerusalem Massacre Was The Blood Libel In Action, So They Say

Jerusalem Massacre Was The Blood Libel In Action, So They Say

by | 19th, November 2014

An Israeli rescue worker navigates the scene of a shooting attack in a synagogue in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Two Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, attacking worshippers praying inside with knives, axes and guns, and killing four people before they were killed in a shootout with police, officials said. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)


THE murders of four praying Jews and a Druze policeman in Jerusalem would be a massacre, or the work of seriel killers. The two men who armed themselves with an axe, knives and a pistol to slaughter Jews in a synagogue would be presented as being dangerous, mentally negligible nutjobs, like the killers of drummer Lee Rigby. But this is Israel. The rules are changed.

Anorak rounds up a some veiws:

Ishan Tharoor :

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invoked  an incredibly loaded term  to condemn what he says was Palestinian incitement to violence. The Israeli premier said the latest killings were the result of a “blood libel” against Israeli Jews, a phrase that carries with it the stigma of centuries of anti-Semitic persecution…

A Hamas statement  praised the action , claiming it was revenge for the recent death of a Palestinian bus driver in the city. Israeli authorities say the man committed suicide, and conducted an autopsy to prove it, but some Palestinians are convinced he was murdered by an Israeli mob.

Netanyahu and some of his political allies jumped on this and used the moment to also condemn Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “Yesterday, a bus driver in East Jerusalem committed suicide. The autopsy report proves this beyond a doubt,” Netanyahu is quoted saying  by Haaretz . “This didn’t prevent the dissemination of a blood libel that he was murdered by Jews. This incitement contributed to the despicable massacre…”

“Blood libel” is a particularly incendiary phrase. Its roots date back to antiquity, when violence against communities of Jews was justified with false rumors of Jews stealing Christian babies, eating a gentile’s entrails, participating in various grisly, sordid blood rituals. There is a long history of this,

The Guardian says the killed men were “rabbis”. That puts religion at the heart of it.



Yoram Cohen, the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s top secret security service, cautioned against  Netanyahu’s sweeping rhetoric, insisting on Tuesday that Abbas “is not interested in terror and is not inciting to terror.”

The i has “terror in the temple”.

Is Netanyahu right?


Synagogues in the UK are cvoered in barbed wire. As a matter of routine, guards are outside.

Following the deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue and the stabbing of a Jewish man in

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