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CONVERSATIONS AT JERUSALEM
A PATRIARCH OF THE GREEK CHURCH
A CHIEF RABBI OF THE JEWS,
Malicious Charge against the Jews of using Christian Blood.
BY J. B. LEVINSOHN.
TRANSLATED FROM THE HEBREW AS A TRIBUTE TO THE
MEMORY OF THE MARTYRS AT DAMASCUS,
BY DR. L. LOEWE,
MEMBER OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, OF THE ASIATIC
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.
It is presumed that all well-informed classes of society in this country are, in some degree, acquainted with the late cruel persecution of the Jews at Damascus. That persecution involved a prejudice from which the Jewish people have, at various times during the last six hundred years, suffered much affliction, in all parts of Europe where the progress of civilization and knowledge had been but slow; though it has not existed in any other region, except where Christians had settled whose enlightenment had not kept pace, as in the recent case of the Christians at Damascus, with that which now happily pervades this division of the world throughout. Thanks be to the Almighty! there is no reason to fear that the frightful prejudice will ever again be entertained in this country, which occupies so prominent a station in all that pertains to wisdom, justice, and humanity; here, at all events, the Israelites are safe; it cannot, therefore, be otherwise than a
* The writer's assertions on this head are fully sustained by the magnanimous meeting of so many influential and learned British Christians at the Egyptian Hall, on Friday, July 3, 1840, for the purpose of expressing their sympathy with the Israelites, and their earnest wishes for the success of Sir Moses Montefiore, pre