Toaff has second thoughts

I recently wrote about Ariel Toaff, the Bar Ilan scholar who wrote a book suggesting that the medieval blood libels against Jews might have had some basis in fact.

Now he has suspend distribution of his book to “re-edit the passages which comprised the basis of the distortions and falsehoods that have been published in the media.” Apparently it hadn’t occurred to him that what he wrote could have been used for nefarious purposes.

Of course one can argue that antisemites will distort anything, but still it’s remarkable that in today’s climate he would have missed this.

Now, of course, we’ll hear that the ‘Jewish lobby’ has ‘silenced’ him.

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