Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I call on Sarah Palin to refudiate her use of the term "Blood Libel."

NY Times: U.S.   | January 12, 2011

The Caucus: Palin Calls Criticism 'Blood Libel'
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

Sarah Palin issues a forceful denunciation of her critics in a video statement that accused pundits and journalists of "blood libel."


The term blood libel is generally used to mean the false accusation that Jews murder Christian children to use their blood in religious rituals, in particular the baking of matzos for passover. That false claim was circulated for centuries to incite anti-Semitism and justify violent pogroms against Jews. Ms. Palin's use of the phrase in her video, which helped make it rapidly go viral, is itself attracting criticism, not least because Ms. Giffords, who remains in critical condition in a Tucson hospital, is Jewish.

Reaction to Ms. Palin's video was swift.
 
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is a close friend of Ms. Giffords, issued a statement condemning her use of the phrase "blood libel."
 
"Palin's comments either show a complete ignorance of history, or blatant anti-Semitism," said Jonathan Beeton, Ms. Wasserman Shultz's spokesman. "Either way, it shows an appalling lack of sensitivity given Representative Giffords' faith and the events of the past week."
 
 
full @ http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/12/palin-calls-criticism-blood-libel
 

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