WATCH: Blitzer Challenges Hamas Official on Disturbing 'Blood Libel' Remarks

CNN's Wolf Blitzer confronts Osama Hamdan over claims that 'Jews would kill Christians to mix their blood to bake the holy matzos.' Hamdan responds with examples of extremist rhetoric from Israel.

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CNN's Wolf Blitzer called out Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan during Monday's interview over blood libel comments he made on Al-Quds television station, a Lebanese TV network. During the interview, Blitzer addresses Hamdan's previous accusations that Jews killed Christians in order to mix their blood to bake the holy matzos on Passover.

CNN Transcript:

BLITZER: "I have to ask you one question because it's come to our attention and it's all over the Internet. The remarks that you made recently to Al-Quds TV and I'm going to read it you in the English translation, we have translators to make sure the translation was accurate. I want you to explain what you said because it's very disturbing. You said, 'We all remember how the Jews used to slaughter Christians in order to mix their blood with their holy matzos. This is not a figment of the imagination or something taken from a film, it is a fact acknowledged by their own books and historical evidence.'

"You believe that Jews would kill Christians to mix their blood to bake the holy matzos on Passover, is that your belief Mr. Hamdan?"

HAMDAN: "Well, Wolf, let me answer that freely, don't cut me because it's very, very important to be clarified.

"First, I was asked about the statement published by the deputy speaker of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, Moshe Feiglin, who published a plan to have a complete – under the name 'Complete destruction of the Palestinians in Gaza.' And in this plan, he suggested to put all the Palestinians in concentration camps. He's talking about genocide. That was the question. He said that and published that in the first of August, three days ago.

"So, it's clear that this senior member of Likud, the deputy speaker of the parliament in Israel who is effective in creating decisions and making decisions who is pushing Netanyahu as a senior member in his party talking about a genocide against the Palestinians. He is committed or he is connected to such old stories which was claimed by the church, it's not what we are saying. In fact, this is the first point.

"The second point, I have to tell you that they are misusing the words. I've said in the same occasion that we don't have problem with the Jews as Palestinians and as Muslims. We don't have problems with Jews, the Jews who lives in the Arab region and among the Muslims as normal citizens. They were not considered something else. They were considered normal citizens in our country. We are against the occupation. When the Jews were kicked from Europe in the Mid-Ages, they came to live in peace in our country and they were accepted, but when they tend to be --

BLITZER: "All right."

HAMDAN: "-- when someone decide to be in an occupation regardless to his religion or to his race, we will fight the occupation even if he was a Muslim or even if he was from our race. We don't accept occupation, we will resist the occupation and they can't hide against being Jews. I have --"

BLITZER: "All right."

HAMDAN: "-- a friend, Jewish friends who are supporting the Palestinian rights. We have (inaudible) who are supporting the Palestinian rights and they are our friends --"

BLITZER: "I understand that."

HAMDAN: "-- and they are against the new Nazis of this century like Netanyahu and Feiglin, and some others who are senior officials in Israel."

BLITZER: "Well, I understand that but I just want to be specific and just answer the question. And maybe I'll remind you what you said. I'm going to play it in Arabic. Here's what you said on Al-Quds TV --"

HAMDAN: "Wolf, Wolf, I know what I've said --"

BLITZER: "I want to play this for you."

HAMDAN: "I know --"

BLITZER: "Just listen to this and then --"

HAMDAN: "I know --"

BLITZER: "-- you explain what you mean. Let's play the tape."

HAMDAN: "No. No. No. You don't know --"

BLITZER: "So, do you believe that Jews used to slaughter --"


BLITZER: "-- Christians to mix their blood to bake --"

HAMDAN: "You have to ask that for the chairs which claims that, you know. This is the fact. You cut the words, not you, the Israelis in memory. They cut the facts and they start this propaganda to say that they are innocent. They want to cover the genocide which is happening in Gaza now. They want to cover themselves when they are killing 2,000 Palestinians, injuring more than 12,000 Palestinians in a barbarian attack against Gaza.

"And they are connected to the same old mentality which had the others, this man who is the deputy speaker of the Knesset when he said, 'We have to put all the Palestinians in a concentration camp.' What does it mean? When you have -- When you talk about -- Yochanan Gordon who wrote, "Palestinian genocide is permissible." What does it mean? Those people are the people who are hating the humanity --"

BLITZER: "All right."

HAMDAN: "-- while trying killing the Palestinians. We don't have a problem with the Jews as they are Jewish people and in fact we believe in Moses, we believe in Jesus, we believe in Mohammad, we respect them all, the three of them the same, and we believe that everyone has the right to choose his religion, no one will be questioned by the other humans for his religion."

BLITZER: "All right."

HAMDAN: "God will ask us all. No one is asked because of his race. The races are the same. We are all from Adam but the people who are talking about genocide against the Palestinians must be questioned and asked because they are saying that and doing that at the same time. Thank you, Wolf."

BLITZER: "But you -- all right, we're going to leave it there Mr. Hamdan, but I was hoping to get a flat denial from you that you would utter such a -- such ridiculous words that Jews would kill Christians in order to use their blood --"

HAMDAN: "But someone said that."

BLITZER: "-- to take matzo."


BLITZER: "That sounds, as you know, that is an awful, awful --"

HAMDAN: "Wolf, you have to be fair. You can't end that. I must end that because you asked me and I want to answer. This was said by everyone. I was saying they are barred of what was being said. He has to deny what he write about the Palestinians, about the genocide against the Palestinians which he call for, which he suggested to do as a member in the parliament or as a senior leader in Likud Party."

Osama Hamdan Credit: CNN

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