>Sarah Palin accuses media and the left of ‘blood libel’

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Former Alaska Governer and Republican VP Candidate Sarah Palin has issued a video response to critics of her cross hairs campaign map. Except she now seems to have made another problem for herself. In the seven minute video, Palin says that “journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn.”

The phrase ‘blood libel’ is a deeply offensive one. It is derived from bible passages around the crucification, and anti-semitic medieval mythology in which Jews take their children’s blood for religious ceremonies. Injured Congresswoman, and target of the assassination attempt, Gabrielle Giffords is Arizona’s first Jewish Representative.

Some may argue that the phrase was not meant to be anti-semitic. If that is the case, why use it at all? It is quite amazing that neither Palin herself, or a member of her staff, thought to remove this phrase from the script before filming.

Palin should not be held personally responsible for the tragic consequences of a disturbed person’s actions. But she is responsible for her response to it, and the language that she uses. Someone of Palin’s prominence should not be using phrases like ‘blood libel’ that are based on hatred and bigotry. To use anti-semitic language at any time is utterly unacceptable, to use such inflammatory language at such a time is almost unforgivable.

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