'Jews kill Palestinian children for their blood'

Senior Hamas leader in Gaza revives ancient blood libel claim on live television, claims Israelis kill Palestinians to make matzah.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,


A senior Hamas official perpetuated the Jewish blood libel myth on live television last week, claiming that Jews had "ancient biblical beliefs, which instructed them to kill children and collect their blood, in order to knead it into the bread that is eaten on Passover" - and that Israel kills Palestinian children to keep this "tradition." 

Hamas leader Salah Al-Bardawil made the comments during an Al-Aqsa television program on November 26, the Middle Eastern Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reports. Notably, the station was banned from broadcasting in the Palestinian Authority (PA) within days of the incident - allegedly over incitement. 

"Why does the Zionist enemy, with all its might, execute Palestinian children – especially Palestinian girls?" Al-Bardawil rants during the broadcast. "I can tell you that there are six reasons for this – not just one reason, but six."

"The first reason for the targeting of Palestinian children has to do with faith. The Zionist entity subscribes to false biblical doctrines – especially today, when we are experiencing so-called extremism," he claims. "But this is a typical Jewish situation, which is in harmony with the biblical-Zionist history and faith. This is manifest in the Quran, which quoted the Jews as saying: "kill the sons of the belivers" . Thus, they subscribe to a principle of faith, which they must implement, and kill the sons of the believers."

"The killing of the sons of the believers – or, to be clearer, the killing of the Palestinian children – stem from children being weaker and thus easier to kill than adults," he continues. "This is a cowardly enemy, which fears retaliation, and therefore it targets the weaker, still accomplishing the goal of reducing the number of Palestinians."

Al-Bardawil then revived one of the oldest anti-Semitic tropes: the Passover blood libel.

"In addition, they have beliefs which they have tried to conceal from the world," he said. "I am referring to the ancient biblical beliefs, which instructed [the Jews] to kill children and collect their blood, in order to knead it into the bread that is eaten on Passover."

"This is the killing of a Palestinian child in order to collect his blood, and knead it into the bread they eat," he added. "Today, they are trying to say that these things never happened, and that it was a joke or a lie, but these are the facts of history. Anyone reading about their history will find this there."