This Day in Jewish History / World Jewry Responds to French-instigated Blood Libel in Damascus
A delegation of Jews got the pasha to release Jews who were arrested and tortured for allegedly murdering a Franciscan Capuchin monk under orders of the French consul, but the charges were never dropped.
On February 5, 1840, Father Tommaso, the Franciscan Capuchin monk who headed a monastery in Damascus, Syria, disappeared, along with his servant. This event led to what became known as the Damascus Affair, in...
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