As is well known, between 1348 and 1350, perhaps half of Europe's population perished in the terrible pandemic known as the Black Death, which entered Britain through the Dorsetshire port of Weymouth in 1349, proceeding to spread through the country with all the deadly and demographic effects that it wrought on the Continent.
It's also well-known that, searching for an explanation for the then inexplicable Black Death, fourteenth-century minds selected scapegoats, and that the group primarily blamed for the Black Death were the Jews, who were assumed to have poisoned the wells.
In the insanity that ensued, innumerable Jewish communities were destroyed, and tens of thousands of Jews suffered horrible deaths. (There is a good summary of events here)
Skip to our own supposedly enlightened time, many centuries and several other devastating scapegoatings of Jews later, including the worst tragedy in Jewish history, and we find this loathsome article appearing on the website of Iran's Press TV.
Reminiscent of a Jew-baiter through the ages, including those benighted medieval folk who blamed the Jews of Europe for the Black Death, its author blames the Jews of Israel for the recent chemical attack on Syrians:
".... The chemical weapons attack in Damascus was obviously a Zionist ploy to drag the US deeper into the Syrian conflict. The Israelis, the world's grand masters at the game of false-flag terrorism, had the means, motive, and opportunity....
But now, a growing number of people around the world are rejecting the official story of 9/11. The inevitable exposure of the truth about 9/11 is a slow-motion earthquake that will bring down the US and Zionist empires.
So the Zionists are taking another massive gamble. They are hoping that leading the world to the brink of World War III - and possibly over the brink - will save their doomed “Greater Israel” project. A huge war would give the Zionists an excuse to expel non-Jews from historic Palestine, complete the ethnic cleansing that has been ongoing since 1948, and defuse the “demographic bomb.” And since the Zionists and their American stooges are losing relative strength each year, the hard-liners want to fight the big war now, while they think they still have an advantage.
The Syrian chemical false-flag appears to be Israel's biggest escalation of the “clash of civilizations” since 9/11. This time, the world must expose the truth rapidly, or risk the destruction of not just millions, but even tens or hundreds of millions of lives."The author of the above blood libel in modern dress is an American "Arabist-Islamologist" called Dr Kevin Barrett, author of Truth Jihad: My Epic Struggle Against the 9/11 Big Lie (2007) and Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters (2009) who (hat tip: reader Ian) received a derisory share of the vote when he ran for Congress in 2008 and has claimed that the Boston Bombing was an Israeli plot.
What is surely very shocking is that (hat tip: Jonathan Hoffman: "Linked to by Stephen Sizer on FB. Of course.") the (avowedly non-antisemitic) Rev Dr Stephen Sizer was apparently low enough to link, on Facebook, to Barrett's disgustingly antisemitic article.
It would be pleasing to think that the Israel-obsessed Rev Sizer has realised that in promoting the ramblings of a man like Barrett he has truly scraped the bottom of the barrel and will remove/has removed the link.
[Update: Rev Sizer has now withdrawn the link h/t Anon; see Comments below]
As for all Christian clerical foes of Israel, they should take a look at this video, and reflect.