Rhodes Blood Libel
Lambert M. SurhoneISBN: 978-3-6399-9780-4;
The Rhodes blood libel was an instance of blood libel against Jews in which the Jews on the Ottoman Empire island of Rhodes were accused of the ritual murder of a Christian boy in February 1840. The Greek Orthodox community originated the libel, but it garnered support from the consuls of several European countries, including the United Kingdom, France, the Austrian Empire, Sweden, and Greece. The Ottoman governor of Rhodes broke with the long tradition of the Ottoman governments (which had previously denied the factual basis of the blood libel accusations) and supported the ritual murder charge. The government arrested several Jewish subjects, some of whom were tortured and made false confessions, and it blockaded the entire Jewish quarter for twelve days.
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