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Blood Libel in Sweden

The outrageous accusation of stolen body parts.

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(118) James Quinn, September 20, 2009 10:05 PM

"Neutrality" often impedes professional ethics in journalism

I don't know what it is about the journalistic profession nowadays that makes them think it is proper to report bizarre beliefs and actions by highlighting the belief itself without judgment, rather than reporting that "Someone has said 'X,'" while exploring the truth of "X" and the ramifications of its having been stated. I suspect it is an outgrowth of a political correctness in which it is seen as disrespectful to question anything presented in a context indicating that it is part of someone's religious belief. I'm sorry, but if my deeply and sincerely held religious belief is that Jews are drinking the blood of non-Jewish children, I deserve to have that belief vigorously and publicly refuted. Calling hateful beliefs and actions "religious" should not shield them from scrutiny and condemnation. All that is bad enough, but the belief reported by the Swedish journalist in question is not even religious, just an unfounded accusation of a personal and political nature. Worse yet, by his tone (e.g., referring to 19-year-old combatants as "children" and "stone-throwing boys"), he has clearly chosen to take a side. No facts are alleged in support of it; not even any assertion that the deceased people are missing any organs! The journalist simply restates the belief in ominous tones, saying it should be investigated. To call this self-evidently reckless reporting "unethical journalism" is an understatement. For a newspaper to print it with even a NEGLIGENT disregard for the truth is at the very least blameworthy. To do so with any foreknowledge -- and I would argue, even SUSPICION of its falsehood, would supersede any normal concept of criminality.

(117) Shoshana Shapiro, September 9, 2009 1:59 PM

2 Billion Antisemites?

The antisemitic forgery, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," as well as the Blood Libel, are regularly taught and reinforced in the Islamic world. I've watched actual footage of a children's TV program similar to Barney, where a large, cute animal explains to an adorable four year-old how jews are the devil, that they will harm her and that they should be killed. The DVD indicates just how widespread Jew-hatred is in the Middle East ~ and this has nothing to do with the issue over land. During the month of Ramadan, families stay at home with their families and watch TV. One such program, a reenactment of the Blood Libel, an imposing and scary Jew chases a five year old through a building, a 12-inch knife in his hand. His goal is to murder the child and use his blood to make Passover matzah. When the Jewish man captured the little boy and pulled back the knife, I covered my eyes. Forcing myself to look, I watched it a second time. I've never seen such graphic violence in a movie as I saw in this film. There are 1.9 billion Muslims in teh world. Heaven help us if the majority of Arab Muslim/Muslim societies are broadcasting these horrific movies. I don't know why they wouldn't.

(116) Harvey Rogeers, September 6, 2009 7:12 PM

Fight back

Is there some way to fight back against these vile actions by some of the press.. much of the press kowtows to the Muslims because of their death thjreats. I'm not suggesting that we threaten or resort to assassination but wonder if there isn't some way we can do somet6hing to make the anti-Semitic press pay a price for their deliberately printing material that they must know is fault and is designed to hurt Israel and the Jewish people.

(115) Anonymous, September 2, 2009 1:37 AM


I believe antisemitism is on the rise again, and this is just a recent example of this horror.

(114) Bert, September 2, 2009 12:04 AM


Whilst any newspaper can print anything it likes that does not break the law; I believe it would be failing in its duty of care if it does not publish a rebuttal of this slanderous article. Neutrality is fine but not this one sided so called neutrality.

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