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Recycling Old Libels

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

This is a guest post from Arieh Kovler, Director of the Fair Play Campaign Group


The Blood Libel is one of the oldest antisemitic charges against Jews: the accusation that Jewish people conspire to kill non-Jews for nefarious purposes. The most common formulation of this lie is that Jews kill a Christian boy in order to use their blood for a ritual of some kind. But many of the earliest recorded blood libels level a slightly different accusation.

In 1909, Prof Hermann Strack of Berlin University wrote The Jew and Human Sacrifice – the first serious scholarly work devoted to exposing the Blood Libel as a dangerous historical lie. It is, unfortunately, still relevant today. Talking about the earliest Blood Libels, he notes (p174):

Communities Minister launches new EISCA research

Thursday, July 16th, 2009
Shahid Malik with the report's authors

Shahid Malik with the report’s authors. photo by David Rose


Shahid Malik, Minister for Social Cohesion, has spoken out about the dangers of antisemitic discourse both in the politics of the far right and, on occasion, in anti-Zionist rhetoric, at the launch of a report entitled,

Understanding and Addressing

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Understanding and Addressing the Nazi Card Download EISCA

Build bridges not boycotts, by Jeremy Newmark

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Last Wednesday, the University and College Union Congress, the second in its short history, followed the well-worn path of its inaugural event last year, along with that of its predecessor unions, in proposing a boycott motion against Israeli academics and academic institutions.

It came as no surprise that the motion passed; the UCU Congress was hijacked yet again by far-left factions able to use their delegates to push through a policy platform that in no way represents the views of the wider union membership.

However, after last year

A People and a Nation

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Ruth Wisse has written a book on a topic that excites a great deal of attention now, but she has written it from an unusual perspective. Her book is not about the power that Israel exercises over the Palestinians, nor is it about the power that the