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“Instead of pushing absurd misinformation, Sen. Merkley should learn why spreading blood libel against Jews is so hateful and dangerous,” said B’nai B’rith International.

JNS covered B’nai B’rith International’s condemnation of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley’s use of blood libel falsely linking Easter, a Christian holiday used to justify centuries of anti-Semitism, to Israel’s “indiscriminate bombing” of Gaza.

Read at JNS.org.

“On this Easter, let’s ponder Netanyahu’s indiscriminate bombing of Gaza, which has killed more than 20,000 women and children, and his restriction of humanitarian aid, which has pushed Palestinians to the brink of famine,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) wrote on Sunday.

“But we must also recognize that America is complicit in this tragedy by resupplying Israel with bombs and failing to use America’s leverage to increase aid delivered into Gaza,” the senator added. “Reflecting on the admonition to feed the hungry and assist the stranger, and ‘blessed are the peacemakers,’ let’s push team Biden to do better. More aid. No bombs.”

The senator’s posts on social media drew sharp criticism from Jewish organizations.

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“Now a U.S. senator falsely linking a Christian holiday used to justify centuries of antisemitism to Israel’s ‘indiscriminate bombing’ of Gaza,” stated B’nai B’rith International. “Instead of pushing absurd misinformation, Sen. Merkley should learn why spreading blood libel against Jews is so hateful and dangerous.”

Read the full article at JNS.org.