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March 28, 2013 11:17 am

PLO Official Hanan Ashrawi’s NGO Publishes Passover Blood Libel

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MIFTAH, an NGO whose founder PLO Official Hanan Ashrawi is a well known media personality in the West, and which receives funding from the UN and the Ford Foundation, published an article to its website Wednesday that claimed Jews use the blood of Christians for Passover rituals.

Anonymous pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon spotted this passage in an article by Nawaf al-Zaru on MIFTAH’s Arabic-language site (bold courtesy of EoZ):

“Does Obama in fact know the relationship, for example, between “Passover” and “Christian blood” ..?!Or “Passover” and “Jewish blood rituals..?!Much of the chatter and gossip about historical Jewish blood rituals in Europe are real and not fake as they claim; the Jews used the blood of Christians in the Jewish Passover …”

Al-Zaru was responding to this section of U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech to students in Jerusalem last Thursday:

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“I also know that I come to Israel on the eve of a sacred holiday – the celebration of Passover. And that is where I would like to begin today. Just a few days from now, Jews here in Israel and around the world will sit with family and friends at the Seder table, and celebrate with songs, wine and symbolic foods. After enjoying Seders with family and friends in Chicago and on the campaign trail, I’m proud to have brought this tradition into the White House. I did so because I wanted my daughters to experience the Haggadah, and the story at the center of Passover that makes this time of year so powerful.

“It is a story of centuries of slavery, and years of wandering in the desert; a story of perseverance amidst persecution, and faith in God and the Torah. It is a story about finding freedom in your own land. For the Jewish people, this story is central to who you have become.”

According to Elder of Ziyon, al-Zaru also quotes  “a 2007 Haaretz article on a book by a Bar-Ilan University professor that bizarrely claimed that a few blood libels could have had a basis in fact, without noting that the same professor recanted those claims a year later.”

When reached on the phone by The Algemeiner a MIFTAH employee had no comment on the article. After The Algemeiner emailed the organization the article was removed from MIFTAH’s website. It was never published to MIFTAH’s English-language webpage.

A screenshot of the relevant part of the article in Arabic on MIFTAH’s website can be viewed below.

Screenshot of the MIFTAH blood libel article.

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  • Alan

    Anyone who knows the first thing about Judaism has heard about the laws of kashrut, a key element of which is the obsessive avoidance of blood. Meat is only deemed kosher if all the blood is drained from it. The idea that a people with such an abhorrence of blood would use it in evil rituals is absurd to the millionth degree, a sick medieval fantasy.

  • jorgen bo jensen

    I am amazed how you find so many vitriolic Jew loving ignoramus American lunatics to comment on simple, rational discourse by a very well informed erudite doctor professor , Madam Hanan. I had the pleasure of her company at a luncheon in Ramallah some years ago. That is one smart lady. I also have known many Polish/Ukrainian/German “Jews”. These people who now occupy New Jersey and Palestine are NOT Semitic, they are mostly ignorant Turkik, Mongolian converts who speak a Germanic version of Yiddish/ new “Hebrew”created by Hertzl at the turn of the last century. They are NOT SEMITES!I have met some such older people from the back country who engage in strange rituals such as walking about with an egg in their armpits?? They write weird symbols on their mantlepiece and doorway, written in blood. They are animalists and similar to old English Druids with magic and witchcraft. I am sure there are perverse rituals involving blood sacrifice of the hated Christians. Read about Kahbala!The roasting of Christian Babies may seem absurd in modern times but I have seen extreme lunacy in the Jewish Settler enclaves in occupied Palestine many times.I visited the occupied state more than 30 times. I see the blood and despair!The filthy Jew boy from America stuck a Kalashnikov in my 11 year old daughters mouth. Shabat Shalom, Allahu Akbar!! No atrocity is beyond these fanatics. These people remain village idiots even in the modern age. My personal assessment of Madam Doctor Professor Ashrawi would lend great credibility to her astute observations.

    She lives there, she has seen with her own eyes in the concentration camps. She has seen the children, she has been a teacher and great leader of Free Palestine.

    Why have you only comments from dirty Jew Americans on your web page. Open your eyes, see the real world of Israeli terrorism …perhaps including 911?

    I am Jorgen Bo Jensen
    My Aunt Clara Dankner was in Auschwitz, thank you very much.

    Salaam

    • BonniePrinceCharlie

      Would I be right in thinking you’re Swedish?

  • Karsten Bannier

    It is amazing to see how an “enlightened” person such as Hanan Ashrawi can be so stupid & acually believes the rubbish that she writes….surely she must realise what an idiot she is (or probably not !!!).

  • Reinaert Thomasson

    @Jack Rescoe,

    Hanan Ashrawi could convinced so many Oregonian women by making a sophisticate use of their little knowledge of modern history; especially European history. The end of WWII had left Germany in ashes and totally ruined. Between 12 – 14 million of ethnic Germans were driven away from their homes; leaving everything behind them. Some were driven by force the way it had been done in the Sudetenland (Czechoslovakia) and Oberschlesien (Poland) or they had to escape the Red Army like in the East of Prussia (now Kaliningrad; belongs to Russia). East Prussia was a rich country with strong economy, excellent agriculture etc. The Germans refugees had headed to the former totally destroyed Reich (BRD and DDR) and had found there A NEW HOME. Together with other Germans, they helped to make a new start down from the zero line. They had fought for the Nazi regime, lost the war, accepted the defeat and started all over again to build a new Germany. And the poor Palestinians? They and the Arabs show their lack of backbone in the most miserable way. They had tried to wipe out the newly born state Israel and it’s inhabitants; and lost the game!. They did not succeed to murder all the Jews there up to the last one; except of young women and little girls who were destined for the slave markets all over the Arab world. Arabs are bad gamers and lousy sports. They do not accept discomfiture. They still sit in refugee camps, have a lot of pity on themselves and play victims. They are a disgrace.

  • Reinaert Thomasson

    I had first seen Hanan Ashrawi on TV at the conference of Madrid in 1991. The impression she had left was of an intelligent woman and a sophisticated politician. In general we can say that the “Mannschaft” (the German word for team) who represented the Palestinians in the Madrid-conference was outstanding. It had consisted of young people with modern visions. Alas, as we know, it was all fake. A thin layer consisting of nothing. The hideous primitive spirit was hidden beneath the civilized sophisticated layer. The brilliant politician, Hanan Ashrawi, had no place in the new leadership. She was: a) a woman and b) Christian. There is no place, in a mainstream Muslim society, for women and certainly not for Christian women. Now, after so many years, who does she represent? The ones who are discrimination, on daily basis, her own fellow men and women? Has she already forgotten how Hamas is handling the Christians in Gaza? How the Muslim members of Fatah in the West Bank are doing everything to drive Christians out of the region? The Burning of the Library in Gaza; containing thousands of books? The harassment of local Christians where ever they can find them? The famous adage written on walls in Bethlehem: “on Saturday the Jews and on Sunday the Messians” (the Christians)? The meaning of the adage: on Saturday we will kill all Jews and on Sunday the Christians?

    We can ask ourselves one question: What had happened, during the years to the highly educated and intelligent Hanan Ashrawi? How could it happen, that the sophisticated Hanan Ashrawi had become a ‘law life’ primitive woman with point of views that match the Middle Ages and not the 21st century? Or perhaps she represents the way all her folk is going down the drain in backwardness and Middle Ages illitration.

  • Reinaert Thomasson

    I had first seen Hanan Ashrawi on TV at the conference of Madrid in 1991. The impression she had left on Western public was of an intelligent woman and a sophisticated politician. In general we can say that the “Mannschaft” (the German word for team) who represented the Palestinians in the Madrid-conference was outstanding. It had consisted of young people with modern vision. Alas, as we know, it was all fake. A thin layer consisting of nothing. The hideous primitive spirit was hidden beneath the civilized sophisticated layer. The brilliant politician, Hanan Ashrawi, had no place in the new leadership. She was: a) a woman and b) Christian. There is no place, in a mainstream Muslim society, for women and certainly not for Christian women. Now, after so many years, who does she represent? The ones who are discrimination, on daily basis, her own fellow men and women? Has she already forgotten how Hamas is handling the Christians in Gaza? How the Muslim members of Fatah in the West Bank are doing everything to drive Christians out of the region? The Burning of the Library in Gaza; containing thousands of books? The harassment of local Christians where ever they can find them? The famous adage written on walls in Bethlehem: “on Saturday the Jews and on Sunday the Messians” (the Christians)? The meaning of the adage: on Saturday we will kill all Jews and on Sunday the Christians?

    We can ask ourselves one question: What had happened, during the years. to the highly educated and intelligent Hanan Ashrawi? How could it happen, that the sophisticated Hanan Ashrawi had become a ‘law life’ primitive woman with point of views that match the Middle Ages and not the 21st century? Or perhaps she represents the way all her folk is going down the drain in backwardness and Middle Ages illitration.

  • Brian Eisenberg

    It’s beggars belief that in the 21st century such outlandish comments can be published without recrimination

  • annette karan

    This is an abomination. The Passover ritual is not involved with Christian blood. Hanan Ashrawari is spreading a vicious libel . The U.N. and the Ford Foundation should condemn her publication and withdraw funding.

    • BonniePrinceCharlie

      But you must remember that those who seek the eradication of Israel will tell any lie that suits their purpose and will keep shouting it until people start to believe it. And if the lie comes from someone who is recognised for academic achievement, it carries all the more weight.

  • Ethan Coane

    Unlike many of my countrymen I will not condemn the U.N. overall. It sponsors many humanitarian and educational programs around the world. Unfortunately several of its programs have become polluted with anti-Israel and anti-American politics which violate the spirit in which the organization was founded over 60 yrs. ago. I don’t know what other activities Miftah engages in but if its primary raison d’etre is to attack Israel then certainly our U.N. Ambassador should push to de-fund it. As to the Ford Foundation let us not forget that its founder and namesake (Henry Ford) was an outspoken anti-Semite.

  • Alas, this is so typical.

    Whatever the legitimate status of criticism of Israeli policy vis-a-vis the situation of the Palestinians

    , in the end, the criticism is so entangled with the 2000 years of anti-semticism as to virtually

    nullify that criticism. I know that many believe that this “critique” can be disengaged from

    anti-semticism I for one am extremely sceptical _ given that anti-semticism is so

    profoundly endemic _ that it either explicitly or tacitly pollutes the functional pragmatics of the given

    societal context from which these “critiques” emerge.

  • I remember Hanan Nashrawi being interviewed recently by the BBC on radio, the way the interviewer addressed her with such reverence, you’d think she was the Virgin Mary! She is proof that Christian Arabs can be just as antisemitic as Moslem Arabs. Time to remind her that Jesus was a Jew.

  • Otto Schiff

    Blood libel stories are simply stupid.
    In German, Gegen Dummheit kaempften Goetter selbst vergebens.
    Even the Gods have fought stupidity in vain.

  • jerry hersch

    Hopefully the Elder can monitor the Armenian language sites also

  • Jerry La Fleur

    Was there any Arabic chatter decrying the article? Mildly curious….frankly, why argue with the mentally ill.

  • Sonia Willats

    I can only shake my head and wonder, WHY would anyone SANE want to publish and disseminate such LIES at such a potential cost of pain and bloodshed and misunderstanding of peoples? That it is only published in Arabic shows that they know they are stirring up hatred on one side, deliberately. It can only come from the pit of hell.

  • Ida Wax

    Since I did not hear any comments from Ashwari for along time I was sure she was with all the other Martyrs. I guess I was wrong, Once again she is spreading malicious
    lies, and the sad thing is there will plenty people who will believe her.

  • martin

    I wonder what old Horsey face drinks

  • Jack Rescoe

    Some years ago before I became more deeply engaged in my study of the plight of Israel, Hanan Ashrawi visited Portland, Oregon and gave a resoundingly convincing talk to an assembly of local women. The Oregonian portrayed her as a great advocate and fighter for the persecuted Palestinian people. In typical American fashion; that is, being poorly informed as to the facts, Ashrawi was believed by the uninformed listeners. And so Israel was again the bad guy in the eyes of many Portlanders. This happens over and over, and I think it occurs because evil works harder at fooling the uninformed, and the good and innocent don’t speak out.

  • Alas, this is so typical.

    Whatever the legitimate status of criticism of Israeli policy vis-a-vis the situation of the Palestinians

    is, in the end, the criticism is so entangled with the 2000 + years of anti-semticism as to virtually

    nullify that criticism. I know that many believe that this “critique” can, and must be disengaged

    from claims of anti-semticism I for one am extremely sceptical _ given that anti-semticism is so

    profoundly endemic _ that itexplicitly or tacitly pollutes the functional pragmatics of the given

    societal context from which these “critiques” emerge.

  • Peter Rossler

    As a Jew and Holocaust survivor I strongly condemn Hannan Ashrawi, her Jew-hatred, anti-semitic lies and her poisonous blood libel claims

  • Larry

    If nothing else try to understand this, “Hanan Ashrawi is a piece of garbage”.
    She has become a wealthy woman pretending to care for the Palestinians and spewing anti-Semitism. If living in the Muslim world is so great why then are they leaving in droves for Europe. The sad part is their Anti-Jewish hatred is welcome in all of Europe.

  • rsgengland

    Once articles like this were commonplace.
    In the last few years, concerned Jews and friends have been increasingly successful in intercepting articles like the one shown.
    By being alert and watchful and exposing these types of writing, a general awareness will become apparent that they are unacceptable.
    In the UK a member of the ‘House of Lords’ was heard on TV in Pakistan complaining that he had been convicted and jailed for having a car accident and killing a person, and that the Jews were responsible for his incarceration.
    He was suspended by his political party, and after making myriad excuses about it, has finally made a public apology.
    Let all those observers keep up the good work.

  • rofedoc

    Any comments from Hanan Ashrawi are irrelevant and full of vitriol. She is best treated by being ignored and relegated with her ilk to the dung pile

  • Steven

    The more the “pigs and apes” crowd of which Ashrawi is part of – is unmasked, the sooner “progressives” will run for the hills. NONE can be seen to be standing side by side with the likes of this.

    There’s plenty of evidence on the web that this rhetoric is the coin of the realm in the Muslim Arab world and frankly much of the Muslim world – and that truth needs to be exposed and the sooner the better.

  • Alon

    Our cousins are bad. There is no doubt about it. But luckily for us they are “mentally challenged” and we can cope with them and their ugly hate.

  • EthanP

    Hanan Ashrawi spouting “blood libel” hatred. And this racist witch is still considered an acceptible spokesperson by much of the MSM!

  • Alon

    Our cousins are bad. There is no doubt about it. But luckily for us they are “challanged” and we can cope with them and their ugly hate.

  • Phil N

    This is more proof that there is no chance of peace. The arabs know they are in fight to death and will do or say anything. The sooner the Jews understand this the better it will be for them.

  • Anu Laitinen

    Is there any doubt left this hatred is not rational, it is not normal. These are “palestinians”. Sounds demonic to me.

  • Anu Laitinen

    Is there any doubt left this hatred is not rational, it is not normal. These are “palestinians”. Sound demonic to me.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    HATRED has no name. HATRED has no address. HATRED has no telephone number. HATRED has no email address. HATRED only has hurt and pain which it transmits to its victim. Even when HATRED is erased, deleted, defriended, wiped away, covered, buried, sent into space, poured into the rivers, its residue remains like a palimpsest on the soul. Woe to those who hate, for their hatred will return to them manifold when they least expect it. Retribution belongs to the L-rd; hatred belongs to the human being. When Divine Justice is oppugned, it is the L-rd who answers on His own terms when He so deems it be. Hanan Ashrawi and Nawaf Al-Zaru and all of those who believe that Jews would ever use the blood to make matzot for Passover–your hatred for the Jewish people is duly noted by HIM–the Father, Allah, Elohim.

  • Ariel

    Ashrawi’s defamation of Israel and Jews knows no bounds. It will be poetic justice when some Arab Islamist will use a rusty dagger to end her miserable life. Wrinkled like a witch and rouged like a whore, her ugly face will not be missed.

  • Adam

    Typical…publish the blood libels in Arabic and crow in English about Jewish oppression of the fake ‘Palestinians’ and calling us discriminatory and racist!

    This woman is a plague. Always has been, always will be.

  • richard sherman

    The Koran. The Hadith. The Blood Libel. No Difference. This is the way 99.9% of muslums talk about Jews. They revere a sociopath named Muhammad who decapitated 900 unarmed Jews at Quarayza. Why be suprised or shocked?

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