Mitt Romney, blood libel, and that old time Jew hate
By Bradley Burston
It may just be a bad dream. Or it may be the future.
In the space of a week, we have had a professor from an Orthodox-oriented Israeli university argue that some medieval blood libels against the Jews were based in fact.
We have had Muslim clerics declaring that the Jewish Temples of antiquity never existed, that there is no evidence that they ever did, that the Jews' insistence that they did was "the greatest fraud crime in history," that the Western Wall is a Muslim site, that the Jews' reverence for it - and for Jerusalem - is a relatively recent and politically-motivated phenomenon.
And now we have Mitt Romney.
On Tuesday, the former governor of Massachusetts is set to formally launch his campaign for the Republican nomination for the presidency.
He has chosen as the venue a museum which bills itself as America's Greatest History Attraction, the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.