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Blood libel (also blood accusation) is a false accusation or claim that religious minorities, usually Jews, murder children to use their blood in certain aspects of their religious rituals and holidays. Historically, these claims—alongside those of well poisoning and host desecration—have been a major theme in European persecution of Jews.

from religion.blogs.cnn.com

Blood libel: the myth that fuels anti-Semitism

By Candida Moss and Joel Baden, special to CNN (CNN) -- Last week a video of Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan emerged in which he claimed that Jews use the blood of non-Jewish children to make matzo for Passover.

from Slate Magazine

The Most Sensational Murder Trial You’ve Never Heard of Started 100 Years Ago

The Last Blood Libel Trial 100 years ago, a Jewish man went on trial for his life. Inside the most sensational murder case you’ve never heard of. Mendel Beilis