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Mosque spokesman quits after spreading antisemitic myth

Published lördag 25 januari 2014 kl 12.22

The mosque spokesman who spread an antisemitic myth on social media has resigned from his post, reports local paper Nerikes Allehanda (NA).

After Israeli politician Ariel Sharon died, the spokesman for Örebro mosque wrote on his Facebbok that Sharon had made "blood pudding" from the bodies of Palestinian children. The spokesman later deleted the post, saying he had possibly expressed himself poorly.

Now he has resigned, and the chair of the institute that runs the mosque says it is because of feeling attacked by the media.

"We are moving on now," says the chair of the mosque to NA. "The board has not discussed the matter, and we take no responsibility for it. Someone has said what they thought, and been attacked by the media for it, and he's felt offended and could not continue with his work."

Historian Henrik Bachnér says European Christians in the middle ages started to spread a myth that Jews drank children's blood, and that it has survived in modern forms.

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