1902: blood libels erupt in ‘tolerant’ Egypt

The year is 1902, well before Israel was created, and the ‘cycle of violence’ between Jews and Arabs took hold in in the western mind. So how does one explain these examples of blood libels and looting of Jewish property uncovered by the inestimable Elder of Ziyon? Antisemitism ? – surely not! (With thanks: Lily)

From the American Jewish Yearbook archives for the years 1902-1903:

September 17, 1902: 17. A year old ritual murder charge revived at Port Said, Egypt, and the alleged abductor of a child sentenced to sixteen months’ hard labor.

March 25, 1903: The Jewish quarter of Port Said, Egypt, invaded and despoiled, in consequence of a ritual murder charge. (See September 17, 1902.)

Egypt wasn’t the only Arab country where Jews were made to feel less than welcome. They also had problems in Morocco:

To be sure, the oppression of Jews in Arab countries were much, much less than in Europe at the time – during the same time period 49 Jews were killed in the Kishinev pogrom, 14 were killed in Czenstochow, Poland, and there were blood libel charges in Hungary as well as other Eastern European countries.

But that doesn’t mean that Jews were safe in Arab countries.

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  • As I said: it's the GREAT ILLNESS that comes back regularly!!!Regularly and systematically those ideas fuse back. I wonder if people have nothing else to do but hate Jews?
    But now we are faced with the murder of kids who have not had time to live their lives. It's disgusting
    Sultana Vidal


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