The editor who approved the despicable story that claims the IDF has been stealing organs from dead Palestinians since the 1990s—based solely, of course, on Palestinian “witnesses” and no substantive evidence—has hit back hard against Israel and Jews’ reactions:
Aftonbladet editor Jan Helin said: “It’s deeply unpleasant and sad to see such a strong propaganda machine using centuries-old anti-Semitic images in an apparent attempt to get an obviously topical issue off the table.
But he is either deeply ignorant, deliberately trying to deflect the subject, or lying. The libel against the IDF—saying that they are killing Palestinians to steal their organs—strongly resemble the centuries-old blood libel that Jews murder Christians to use their blood in religious rituals. But while the blood libel does date back to the middle ages, it is not we who are using centuries-old images, nor are we “propagandizing” the issue. Those who hate Israel and Jews have been utilizing these images since the twelfth century.
Yesterday, I published this copy of a Der StÃ¼rmer cover, which was published in 1934.
But we don’t have to go all the way back to 1934 to find images of Jews drinking Christian (or Palestinian) blood. In 2006, Turkey released a film called “Valley of the Wolves,” which featured a Jewish American doctor harvesting organs from Iraqis during the Iraq war. (Turkey is considered a friend to Israel.)
In April of this year, Hamas aired a show depicting Jews drinking the blood of Muslims. In January, an Egyptian cleric accused Shimon Peres of having a helmet filled with the dried blood of Egyptian soldiers he killed during the Six-Day War. Images of Israelis drinking blood can be found all over the internet.
Anyone even remotely familiar with the history of Israel and Jews knows this. I suspect Jan Helin knows it as well.