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Wed Oct 9, 2013, 10:05 PM

The Last Blood Libel Trial

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history/2013/10/mendel_beilis_and_blood_libel_the_1913_trial_in_kiev_russia.html

100 years ago, a Jewish man went on trial for his life. Inside the most sensational murder case youve never heard of.


One hundred years ago today, in a courtroom in Kiev, then part of the Russian Empire, the most famous accused murderer on Earth rose to declare, I am innocent. Mendel Beilis, a 39-year-old father of five, had spent more than two years in squalid prison cells waiting to say those words. The Russian and world press had been waiting, as well, to cover one of the most bizarre cases ever tried in an ostensibly civilized society. The Russian state had charged Beilis, a Jew, with the ritual religious killing of a Christian child to drain his blood for the baking of Passover matzo.


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will we ever leave the 12th century behind?

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 11:43 PM

1. Accusations like this were common.

Blood libel charges still go on, but in a more concealed form.

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Wed Oct 9, 2013, 11:55 PM

2. This is the translation of the Hebrew epitaph on his grave in Queens.

 



Pay attention to this grave
Here lies a holy person, a chosen man
The people of Kiev made him a victim
And upon all Israel spread the travail
Falsely accused him and his community of taking the blood of a
Christian child as demanded by him and his faith for the festival of Passover
They bound him in chains and lowered him into a pit
Many years he did not see the light of day
On behalf of all Israel he was harshly tortured
Pay tribute to this pure and guiltless soul
Who dwells in the shadow of the Lord in the heights of Heaven
Until those who slumber shall awaken to life
Menachem Mendel Ben-Tuvia Beilis
Died on 24 Tammus 5694
May his memory be for an eternal blessing
May his soul be bound in the bond of life eternal

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 12:21 AM

3. That was a very interesting find.

I was unaware of this and enjoyed reading a piece of history. You ponder: "will we ever leave the 12th century behind?" Personally, there are many issues in which that very question could be posed, but with this issue the answer is a resounding "NO!" Though there are not "trials" for blood libel any more, it certainly rears its ugly head from time to time, especially in regards to Israel. I also noted in the article the comments about "bloodsucking" in regards to economic situations...that particular accusation, along with dual loyalty, are still very much in play, even at places like this.

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 01:13 AM

4. more like 19th century...

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