A Hamas spokesman this summer claimed that Jews use Christian blood to make traditional unleavened matzo bread for the holiday of Passover. Now, a Jordanian politician is circulating the same slur which was used widely as a pretext to persecute Jews during the Middle Ages.
The Middle East Media Research Institute posted a video clip showing former Jordanian parliament member Sheik Abd Al-Mun'im Abu Zant repeating the accusation on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV last week, and even took it up a notch by accusing Jews of using Muslim blood as well.
“One could go on forever about the deceptiveness of the Jews,” Abu Zant said. “They are liars. They allow cannibalism, and the eating of human flesh.”
“Check their Talmud and religious sources. On their religious holidays, if they cannot find a Muslim to slaughter, and use drops of his blood to knead the matzos they eat, they slaughter a Christian in order to take drops of his blood, and mix it into the matzos that they eat on that holiday,” he said according to MEMRI’s translation.
Though the Jordanian politician claimed to have a knowledge of the Jewish religion, in fact, according to the Bible, Jews are strictly forbidden from consuming blood.
To abide by the mandate in Leviticus 7:26-27, "And you shall not eat any blood of fowl or beast in any of your dwelling places. Whoever eats any blood that soul will be cut off from his people,” observant Jews meticulously wash any meat to remove the blood and examine each egg to ensure there is no trace of blood before cooking.
Abu Zant went on to say, “We have to understand the true nature of the Jews, because the entire world is deceived and tormented by them. The Holy Koran has revealed their true nature, as expressed by our masters, the prophets.”
The “Jews use Christian blood for matzos” theme gained attention over the summer when Osama Hamdan, spokesman the terrorist group Hamas, refused to retract his promotion of the slanderous accusation in an interview with Wolf Blitzer.
Hamdan maintained that he didn’t “have a problem with” Jews, telling CNN, “I’ve said in the same — in the same occasion, that we don’t have a problem with the Jews as Palestinians and as Muslims, we don’t have problems with Jews.”
On his radio program in August, Glenn Beck mocked the Hamas blood accusation, using red syrup, waffles and pancakes as props.
Here is an excerpt of the Jordanian politician interview courtesy of MEMRI: