But remember: to oppose these vicious and vile anti-Semites would be “hateful.”
“This Blood Libel Brought to You by the West,” by Adam Kredo for the Washington Free Beacon, April 1 (thanks to Henry):
Following a rash of criticism from U.S. Jewish groups, aÂ Palestinian nonprofit funded by Western governments has apologized for accusing Jewish people of using “Christian blood” during the Passover holiday.
Miftah, a Palestinian nonprofit group founded by Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian lawmaker, said Monday it regrets publishing an article on its website accusing “the Jews [of using] the blood of Christians in the Jewish Passover.”
Miftah had refused to apologize for the article last week, instead lashing out at pro-Israel bloggers who highlighted the offensive article.
The article, which has since been removed from Miftah’s website, sparked outrage among Jewish leaders and others who condemned the Western-backed nonprofit for perpetuating an anti-Semitic blood libel.
Miftah has largely received its funding from Western organizations and governments, including U.S. taxpayer-backed National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the Ford Foundation, the United Nations, and several European governments.
The original article had criticized President Barack Obama for praising the Jewish holiday of Passover, which marks the Jewish people’s freedom from slavery in Egypt.
“Does Obama in fact know the relationship, for example, between “˜Passover” and “˜Christian blood”..?!” said the article, which was first found and publicized by the pro-Israel Elder of Ziyon blog. “Or “˜Passover” and “˜Jewish blood rituals?!–
“Much of the chatter and gossip about historical Jewish blood rituals in Europe are real and not fake as they claim; the Jews used the blood of Christians in the Jewish Passover,” the article continued.
Miftah at first defended its right to post the article in a statement titled, “MIFTAH denounces smear campaign against it.”
“The obscure pro-Israeli website “˜The Elder of Ziyon” has wrongly accused MIFTAH and Dr. Ashrawi of promoting Jewish blood libel during Passover through its publication of an Arabic-language article that briefly addressed the subject,” the defense stated.
The article was about promoting dialogue, Miftah maintained.
Hah. “Dialogue.” Indeed. How apt. “Dialogue” usually is supremacist denigration of the other masked with deception.