A landmark event in Jewish History of the 19th Century was the infamous Damascus Blood Libel of 1840. What seemed to be part of the distant past of the medieval era, was revived in a modern day conspiracy. Jewish leaders were arrested and tortured, and a great outpouring of fury ensued.

Jewish leaders like Moses Montefiore and Adolphe Cremieux, converged on Egypt in an attempt to influence the regional ruler Muhammad Ali Pasha. Although the affair was resolved as a result of a direct British ultimatum, the saga would go down as a test of Jewish solidarity in modern times.

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