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December 03, 1971 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-12-03

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Rabbit--,Charges.„Doctor, ledical Journal.
Riitieit 'Blood - Libel.

NEW YORK (JTA)—The direc-
tor of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan
Theological Seminary of Yeshiva
University has excoriated a pathol-
ogist and the New York State
Journal of Medicine for publish-
ing an "infamous accusation" of
Jewish blood libel.

Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, who is
also the rabbi of Young Israel of
Mosholu Parkway, the Bronx,
cited the article "Strange Murder
of William of Norwich, 1144" in
the. November issue of the Jour-
nal.
Its author is Dr. William D.
Sharpe of New York, director of
laboratories at Columbus Hospi-
tal and professor at the College of
Medicine and Dentistry of New
Jersey at Newark.
Dr. Sharpe presents a five-page
"medicolegal analysis" of Thomas
of Monmouth's account of the
murder of a Christian teen-ager,
William, in the Jewish quarter of
Norwich, England, during Holy
Week, 1144.

Dr. Sharpe writes: "It is . . -
definite that the Jews claimed
the sheriff's protection and
bribed him before William's
body was found and that the
Jewish community knew of his
death long before the Christian
community . . . "

The last time William was seen
alive, Dr. Sharpe continues, "he
was seen entering a house in the
Jewish quarter, and his dead body
was first seen in the custody of
two Jews. In modern terms, the
Jewish community was at least
accessories after the fact . . .
Ritual murder can be neither im-
plicated nor excluded on the evi-
dence, but the death's careful plan-
ning and sadistic nature raise the
possibility of cultist murder . . .
Sadistic murder by a Jewish
psychopath, followed by a united
Jewish community attempt to
avoid the possible bloodshed which
might follow, would best explain
Thomas' account . "

Goldmann Says
Jews Can Live in
Communist Lands

NEW YORK (JTA)—Dr. Nahum
Goldmann, president of the World
Jewish Congress, said last week
that it was not incompatible for
Jews to live in Communist nations,
as this has been accomplished in
Romania and Hungary.
The point was one of four made
by Dr. Goldmann to the plenary

session of the WJC's American
Section.
Dr. Goldmann also made the
following three points: "Third
world" countries should be helped
to • understand the nature of
dizispora Jewry : rand its relation to

larael ; critics of diaspora Jews'
"dual loyalty: to his state and
ignoring; his Caltural, religious and
ideological JOYalties was akin to
;•7 Nazisnlinkaewish youth should
be taught .Jewish values in con-
temporary _terms.

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ing,Under -conimunism, Dr. Gold-

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Rabbi Charlop said "it was alto-
He concluded, "One can only
gether incredible, almost a maca hope that the lack of objectivity,
bre nightmare, to discover this at once grossly and subtly 'perva-

infamous accusation alive and
well, exhumed for the pages of
New York's official medical pub-
lication."

He continued, "Stripped' away
of all its niceties and scientific
gibberish, (it) is little more than
an ingenious rehashing of one
of the basest canards invented
by medieval Christianity to hold
the Jew at bay."

Especially disturbing, Rabbi
Charlop said, "is Dr. Sharpe's re-
liance on the word of a man,
Thomas of Norwich, who wrote
his account 29 years after the al-
leged incident and suffered from
ludicrous 'anti-Semitic feeling."
Dr. Sharpe "should have told us
that the source of Thomas' ver-
sion rests upon the testimony of
Theobald, a Jewish apostate who
afterwards became a monk," the
rabbi added.

sive, in Dr. Sharpe's offering is
not reflective of the scientific in-
quiry which ordinarily carries the
imprimatur of the (New York
Medical) Society."
Dr. Sharpe, a Christian, com-
mented on Rabbi Charlop's
charges: "I've heard this accusa-
tion several times the familiar
old thing." He said such charges
were made by those who were
"uninformed."

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