The editor of a Hamas newspaper has written that the murder of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem is “reminiscent” of “their holy matzos that became part of [the Jewish]history of betrayal and murder. According to a MEMRI translation:
In an antisemitic article, the editor of Hamas’s paper Al-Risalah, Wisam ‘Afifa, associated the death of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teen whose body was found yesterday (July 2, 2014) in Jerusalem, with the claim that the Jews used blood to bake their matzos on Passover. It should be noted that the identity and motivation of Abu Khdeir’s murder(s) is yet unknown; the murder is possibly a hate crime perpetrated by Jews in revenge for the recent murder of three Israeli teens. ‘Afifa wrote that, just as the Jews once killed non-Jews to use their blood for matzos, today they still engage in ‘sacred rites’ of vengeance. He added that Israel has adopted the ideology of the Nazis, who distinguished between superior and inferior races. The following are excerpts:
Wisam ‘Afifa (image: aqsatv.ps) ‘The settlers used the body of 17-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, from Shuafat in northern Jerusalem, to carry out their sacred [act of]vengeance by torturing him and burning him to death, in a crime reminiscent of their holy matzos that became part of their history of betrayal and murder – for the culture of violence and blood grew among the Jews to such an extent that it seeped into their sacred rites and prayers. ‘By holy matzos,’ I mean those matzos mixed with human blood, the blood of gentiles, namely of the non-Jewish other, [which they baked]to celebrate the Jewish holiday called Passover. According to historical accounts, they used to murder Christians, preferably children under ten, collect their blood, and then hand it over to a rabbi, so he would mix it into the holiday matzos, and then serve them to the believers, to devour on their holiday.
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This is not the first time that the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas figures have accused Jews of using Christian blood for Matzoh (a substitute for bread used during the Jewish holiday of Passover) in an example of what is called “blood libel” dating back to the 1st Century, the accusations that Jews use human blood in religious rituals. Dr. Salah Sultan, a close associate of Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi, made the same accusation during an April 2010 interview on a Hamas TV station. Another Qaradawi associate, Saudi cleric Salman Al-Awda, gave a TV interview in August 2012 in which he repeated the claim.
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