Seaton, apparently, is unable to grasp the distinction between ‘butchery’, and ‘ritual slaughter’, as concerning the actual blood; the stuff that’s the focus of the ‘libel’.
In modern butchery, blood is merely a waste-product, to be washed away; though traditionally, it was collected as a foodstuff (as in, ‘blood sausage’, or, ‘blood pudding’). But either way, it has no mystical significance.
Ritual slaughter, by contrast, is symbolically all about the blood; which, in ancient Jewish Temple sacrifice, was splashed across the alter, to demonstrate the worshipper’s self-sacrifice for God.
“In Judaism, the korban (קָרְבָּן qorbān)…any of a variety of sacrificial offerings described and commanded in the Torah…has a spiritual meaning, and refers to some part of an individual’s ego, which is given up as a sacrifice to God in honor of the mortality of the worshipper. In keeping with the root of the word, meaning to draw close, and to the common usage as the sacrifice of an animal, so too can the worshipper sacrifice something of this world in order to become closer to God.”
Interestingly: “A few groups, notably the Temple Institute and the Temple Mount Faithful, have petitioned the Israeli government to rebuild a Third Temple on the Temple Mount and restore sacrificial worship… The Temple Institute has been constructing ritual objects in preparation for a resumption of sacrifices.”
Meanwhile: “Blood rituals [in general] often involve a symbolic death and rebirth, as literal bodily birth involves bleeding. Blood is typically seen as very powerful… Blood sacrifice is sometimes considered by the practitioners of prayer…to intensify the power of such activities.”
The substance of the ‘blood libel’, is that some Jews in the Middle Ages performed a mystical ritual that required a young Christian boy’s blood sacrifice. People do crazy stuff; so this isn’t entirely outside the range of Human possibility. But it wasn’t Ali who accused the IDF of ritual slaughter. He specifically accused them of butchery. Rather, it was Seaton who’s raised the idea that the Israeli military is engaging in some kind of bizarre ritual of blood sacrifice. But, I don’t know, maybe he has a point. It’s not my area of expertise; but the notion certainly gives me the creeps. “They crazy !”