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Damascus Affair Leads to Blood Libel, 1840

On This Day in Jewish History: February 5, 1840



#onthisday, 1840, the Damascus Blood Libel commences when a Franciscan monk and his servant are pronounced dead and the local Jewish community is blamed for their disappearance at the behest of the French consul, Ratti Menton.


What followed in Damascus, Syria was an outright medieval antisemitic attack on the entire community unlike anything seen in the Middle East before. These events would inspire Jews all over the world to stand in support of their Syrian Jewish brothers and sisters in a manner equally not seen before.


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