Pellivert's "defense" of Toaff's academic idiocy is not only cretinous, but it entirely misses the point. Surely he knows that the blood libel is one of the most powerful of the several hoary rationales for Jew-hatred. The only "evidence" Toaff has uncovered was obtained under torture and thus has NO validity. His book most likely reflects a combination of Oedipal rebellion against his father (poor guy) and a desire to cash in on the new anti-Semitism. It's appalling and disgusting. For Pellivert to dismiss this as nothing shows his ignorance of the roots of anti-Semitism and the evils this lie spawned. That he says it's all immaterial is shocking. Both Toaff and Pellivert belong in the same psychiatric ward.
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from the article: And supposing they did drink blood?