Nevertheless, aside from releasing the prisoners, they could not get him to declare the prisoners innocent, or to undertake a new investigation to find the actual murderers, or to reject the blood libel (that Jews use human blood in matzot) as such.
The Israelis are not explicitly accused in the European press of using the blood of the alleged victims for baking matzot, although the lie or paranoid delusion of Jewish ritual murder is common in Arab intellectual life, and it is the explicit theme of writings by none other than the Syrian minister of defense.
But Mama can't imagine how you could have Passover without matzot. She is ready to get her hands on it whatever it would take.
"If THEY sold matzot in the stores the way it was before the war, we wouldn't have to shlep all the way to the other side of the city."
Sleepy and bracing myself against the morning chill, I set out with Mama to some bakery all the way out in Peresyp, in the damned boonies, to get matzot. We don't go empty handed, but with two net bags, full of packs of flour.
Finally throwing the oven door wide open, the baker begins to lift up the sheets of ready matzot. In the oven's depths, by the far back wall, crimson-orange flames dance.
His lively eyes shining, the baker picks up a still-warm sheet of matzot from the macaroni box, offers it to me and says warmly and simply:
Offering the pieces of matzot it was as if the baker said -- you and I are Jews, a single family.
On Pesach, unleavened bread (matzot) cannot be used if not baked within 18 minutes from the time the dough is made.
Not only that, but eating matzot that are baked within a strict time limit raises the significance of the mixture of flour and water to a higher level; it becomes spiritual food.