The Ritual-Murder Accusation and the Roots of Medieval Anti-Semitism

Sept. 18 2015

William of Norwich, a young English apprentice, was found dead in 1144, the victim of mysterious circumstances. A few years later, a monk named Thomas of Monmouth wrote an account of William’s “martyrdom” at the hands of a group of Jews who allegedly tortured and murdered him in a ritual reenactment of the death of Jesus, in accordance with what Thomas alleged was Jewish custom. From this point on, the accusation that Jews engage in the ritual murder of Christian (or Muslim) children has refused to die, despite the utter absence of evidence. Jonathan Brent reviews The Murder of William of Norwich, a recent book on the subject by E. M. Rose:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Blood libel, British Jewry, History & Ideas, Middle Ages

Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war