"The burqa and headscarf are often identified as symbols of women’s oppression in Muslim countries. In fact, head covering is a form of religious garb in many sub-cultures. Some of these subcultures require head covering all of the time, and others only during religious rituals, but all involve this tradition. Yet, when it comes to Muslims, the discussion often goes forward as if it is a uniquely oppressive, and uniquely Islamic, practice. Food for thought."
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.