WorldViews: Why Netanyahu’s use of ‘blood libel’ is so explosive

By Ishaan Tharoor, November 18, 2014

In the wake of a deadly attack on worshipers at a Jerusalem synagogue, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invoked an incredibly loaded term to condemn what he says was Palestinian incitement to violence. The Israeli premier said the latest killings were the result of a "blood libel" against Israeli Jews, a phrase that carries with it the stigma of centuries of anti-Semitic persecution.

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