Language That Kills

As I was browsing the internet the other day, I stumbled across this article:

Egyptian newspaper publishes TWO articles saying Jews drink gentile blood on Passover

Reading it, I was reminded of the times between the First and Second World Wars when I was growing up in Poland and Belarus. In many towns after the Christian congregants would leave the churches following Christmas and Easter services there would be pogroms, attacks on the Jews. These attacks were always justified by saying that the Jews killed Jesus. After the war in 1946 in the town of Kieltz, 46 Jews were killed in a pogrom after rumors were spread that a child had disappeared and the accusation was made that Jews had stolen the child so they would have blood for Passover rituals.

I’m deeply hurt to think that in this day and age, the same rumors continue to be spread, and there are still people who accept these libels as fact. And this article is only a fraction of the orgy of hate in the media. Are we going to be complacent, hoping that it will go away? Words of hate are merely a prelude to hate action.

Inaction is not an option. Any suggestions?

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