An Islamic preacher on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem told congregants that the Nazis burned the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust because they had been kidnapping children to use their blood in Passover bread. He also claimed that Jews worship Satan, plotted the 9/11 attacks, and control the Freemasons who sacrifice their wives and children in secret ceremonies.
An English translation of the sermon, that was captured on video, was provided on Monday by Palestinian Media Watch, a non-governmental media monitoring organization.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a letter to Jordan’s King Abdullah and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urging them to “immediately take action against Sheikh Khaled al-Mughrabi, the religious teacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque who is on the payroll of the Waqf [the PA religious authority], for using his class to promote the infamous blood libel screed that ‘explains’ why the Nazi Holocaust took place. The ‘Blood Libel’ is a Christian medieval canard that accuses Jews of using the blood of children to make Passover matzah,” the center said in a statement sent out to the press.
“The Temple Mount is a site of ultimate religious importance to Judaism and revered also by both Christianity and Islam. It should be an area that promotes peace, tolerance, and mutual understanding. However, the Al Aqsa Mosque has now been used to repeat horrific lies and legitimize genocide. Left unchallenged, the Sheik’s ‘sermon’ will only spawn more hatred and violence,” the letter to Abdullah and Abbas read.
During the recent sermon captured on video, al-Mughrabi says: “On the holiday of Passover it is forbidden for them to eat regular bread. These matzahs [unleavened Passover bread] were not kneaded in the regular way, but rather with the blood of children. In the end it reached the point where they were burned in Germany, because of these things, because they kidnapped young children.”
In the video, al-Mughrabi, who gives twice weekly lesson on Islam at the mosque in Jerusalem, is seen listing alleged evils of the Jewish people that run a gamut of both classic and modern anti-Semitic accusations spanning centuries, cultures, and continents.
Al-Mughrabi begins by explaining that of the multiple gods that Jews worship, Satan ranks above the Muslim god Allah.
“They have smaller gods, from one to nine, and they have gods who are stronger than Allah, from 11 to 34,” al-Mughrabi. “Devil or Satan is number 11 for them. If you look at history, my brothers, you’ll see that the number 11 is holy for the Jews, and 666 is also a holy number, three times six signifies the Devil.”
“Everything they wish to happen, or that they want to do and succeed at, they try to make happen on the 11th of the month… Therefore, notice the attacks on America [9/11] that took place. When were they? On the 11th of the month. Why? Because who was behind them? … It’s known that the Jews were behind them.”
Al-Mughrabi then explains that the US film industry — “owned by the Children of Israel” — promotes through vampire films a theme that drinking human blood gives eternal life. It is because of this belief in the power of blood that Jews use the blood of children for their Passover bread, he claims.
“The Children of Israel had the holiday of Pesach, what is now called Passover,” al-Mughrabi said. “Every holiday, every group would look for a small child, kidnap and steal him, bring a barrel called the barrel of nails… They would put the small child in the barrel and his body would be pierced by these nails. In the bottom of the barrel they would put a faucet and pour the blood… The Devil or one of the big gods, demanded it of them as a condition for fulfilling their wishes, that they eat [matzah] bread kneaded with the blood of children.”
“When these stories were exposed, the Children of Israel were expelled from all of Europe and the tragedy of the Children of Israel began in all Europe.”
The sheikh then claimed that proof of his allegations can easily be found on the Internet with a simple search using Google.
“Even though there is a news blackout about them, they are on the Internet,” he says.
Freemasons, he went on, are “witchcraft gatherings of the Children of Israel.”
“One of the ceremonies, for instance if someone wants to be accepted as a new member, or rise in rank… he has to somehow bring one of his sons or daughters, or his wife or one of his male or female relatives, and put them on the table and slaughter them with his own hands as a sacrifice to Satan, in order to rise in the ranks of the Freemasons. My brothers, this exists until today.”
The myth of blood baked into matzah, known as ‘the blood libel,’ dates back to the Middle Ages in Europe, and was often used as a pretext to commit atrocities against Jewish communities.
The false allegation is still believed in some Arab cultures and is occasionally cited by officials and public figures.
In September 2014 Sheikh Abd Al-Mun’im Abu Zant, a former Jordanian MP revived the blood libel in an interview with al-Aqsa TV.
“On their religious holidays, if they cannot find a Muslim to slaughter, and use drops of his blood to knead the matzos they eat, they slaughter a Christian in order to take drops of his blood, and mix it into the matzos that they eat on that holiday,” Abu Zant said.
In July 2014 Palestinian Islamic Jihad spokesman Daoud Shihad said that Israeli rabbis told IDF soldiers to knead the blood of Arabs into their dough.
“Israel is targeting the Palestinians… I would just like to remind you of the ruling by the Israeli rabbis, who have instructed the soldiers to knead the [dough for] the bread that the Jews eat with the blood of Arab and Palestinian children,” Shihad said during an interview on Lebanon’s Mayadeen TV, as reported by the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute.
A year earlier, in May 2013, Egyptian politician Khaled Zaafrani, during an interview on al-Hafez TV, a Salafist Egyptian station, also brought up the blood libel.
“It is well-known that during Passover they make matzos called the ‘Blood of Zion.’ They take a Christian child, slit his throat, and slaughter him…they never forgo this rite.”
In April 2013, a Palestinian nonprofit organization removed an article from its website that accused Jews of using “the blood of Christians in the Jewish Passover.”
The Miftah organization, founded by Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi and funded by European and Western governments, reportedly apologized for publishing the article, after first refusing to apologize and condemning the Jewish bloggers who drew attention to the article.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.