Still image from video of Maaz al-Kassasbeh's brutal execution
Still image from video of Maaz al-Kassasbeh's brutal executionReuters

Islamic State (ISIS)'s burning Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh alive was not the work of Islamist extremists, a Syrian commentator said last week - but, instead, the work of the Jews. 

Syrian commentator Hussam Shoei'b blamed the horrific death on the Talmud, or works of Jewish law, which he claimed was a bloodthirsty religion in an interview on Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV

"What is being done by all these criminal gangs - ISIS, Jahbat Al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, and all these groups with their Islamic names - cannot even be labelled 'Israeli'," he said. The video was translated by the Middle Eastern Research Media Institute, or MEMRI. "It's downright Talmudic." 

"The immolation of the Jordanian pilot is a clear demonstration of the barbarity of the Zionist entity, and of the Talmud throughout history," he continued. "

"One of their principles is that God can only be satiated by blood," Shoei'b"In the past, they used to knead [Passover] matzos with human blood and eat them. That is exactly what is happening in Syria today, for the whole world to see." 

The Arab media has frequently blamed the old anti-Semitic topos of 'blood libel' on the Jews for their catastrophes and tragedies, and the trend has only resurfaced in the Middle East since tensions escalated between Israel and Hamas last summer.

In July, a Hamas newspaper blamed Arab teen Muhammad Abu-Khder's murder on 'matzah blood libel'; outrage simmered in Israel in November after a leftist poet received an award for a poem that attempted to corroborate the 'blood libel' myth.