Blood Libel: A False, Incendiary Claim Against Jews

The Anti-Defamation League explains the historical context and background of the "blood libel" - a common lie used to incite mass violence against Jews throughout the Middle Ages and well into modern times. The blood libel in its modern incarnations still exists and holds sway over many today.
Title: Blood Libel: A False, Incendiary Claim Against Jews
URL: https://www.adl.org/resources/glossary-term/blood-libel-false-incendiary-claim-against-jews
Publisher: Anti-Defamation League
Date published: January 9, 2016
Date updated: January 9, 2016
Description:

The Anti-Defamation League explains the historical context and background of the “blood libel” – a common lie used to incite mass violence against Jews throughout the Middle Ages and well into modern times. The blood libel in its modern incarnations still exists and holds sway over many today.

Excerpt:

The “blood libel” refers to a centuries-old false allegation that Jews murder Christians – especially Christian children – to use their blood for ritual purposes, such as an ingredient in the baking of Passover matzah (unleavened bread). It is also sometimes called the “ritual murder charge.” The blood libel dates back to the Middle Ages and has persisted despite Jewish denials and official repudiations by the Catholic Church and many secular authorities. Blood libels have frequently led to mob violence and pogroms, and have occasionally led to the decimation of entire Jewish communities.

The blood libel is particularly appalling in light of the fact that Jews follow the Hebrew Bible’s law to not consume any blood, which is found in the book of Leviticus. In order for an animal to be considered kosher, all its blood must have been drained and discarded.

Title: Blood Libel: A False, Incendiary Claim Against Jews
URL: https://www.adl.org/resources/glossary-term/blood-libel-false-incendiary-claim-against-jews
Publisher: Anti-Defamation League
Date published: January 9, 2016
Date updated: January 9, 2016
Description:

The Anti-Defamation League explains the historical context and background of the “blood libel” – a common lie used to incite mass violence against Jews throughout the Middle Ages and well into modern times. The blood libel in its modern incarnations still exists and holds sway over many today.

Excerpt:

The “blood libel” refers to a centuries-old false allegation that Jews murder Christians – especially Christian children – to use their blood for ritual purposes, such as an ingredient in the baking of Passover matzah (unleavened bread). It is also sometimes called the “ritual murder charge.” The blood libel dates back to the Middle Ages and has persisted despite Jewish denials and official repudiations by the Catholic Church and many secular authorities. Blood libels have frequently led to mob violence and pogroms, and have occasionally led to the decimation of entire Jewish communities.

The blood libel is particularly appalling in light of the fact that Jews follow the Hebrew Bible’s law to not consume any blood, which is found in the book of Leviticus. In order for an animal to be considered kosher, all its blood must have been drained and discarded.