NYT: The Claim Israel is Committing Genocide is an 'Antisemitic Blood Libel'

Chris Menahan
May. 28, 2024

Just one day after Israel decapitated a small child and killed dozens of displaced Palestinians in an airstrike on a tent city in Gaza, the New York Times ran a column stating that accusing Israel of genocide is a "canard" invoking an "ancient antisemitic blood libel."

James Kirchick wrote in a column on Monday for the New York Times:
One of the greatest mass delusions of the 21st century is the belief that Israel is committing a genocide against Palestinians. This grotesque moral inversion -- in which a genocidal terrorist organization that instigated a war with Israel by committing the largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust is absolved of responsibility while the victim of Hamas's attack is charged with perpetrating the worst crime known to man -- began taking shape before Israel even launched its ground invasion of Gaza.

A charitable description of those imputing genocidal motivations to Israel is that they are ignorant, essentially believing the word to mean "large numbers of civilian casualties." (Here it's worth noting that the United Nations, to little notice, has significantly lowered its estimate of the number of women and children killed in Gaza.) For others, accusing Israel of genocide is an emotional outlet for expressing outrage at such a horrific loss of life. A third, more pessimistic, characterization of the ubiquitous genocide canard is that it is only the latest iteration of the ancient antisemitic blood libel, which held that Jews murdered gentile children in order to use their blood for religious rituals.
As I reported on Sunday, prominent Israelis celebrated the strike as part of their religious holiday of Lag Ba'Omer.

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