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US senator accused of invoking blood libel in Easter post about IDF in Gaza

US Senator Jeff Merkley is accused of invoking a 'blood libel' for linking Easter to Israel's bombing of Gaza. Merkley called for cutting arms shipments to Israel and increasing humanitarian aid to Gaza. Jewish and pro-Israel figures criticized Merkley's statement, calling it a blood libel and inappropriate to link Easter to the conflict. Merkley has been a vocal critic of Israel and was the first senator to call for a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas.

Original article source: https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-senator-accused-of-invoking-blood-libel-in-easter-post-about-idf-in-gaza/
Source Id: 2024-04-308770048

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