Sarah Palin Alleges "Blood Libel"

palin.jpg<<<<CLICK HEADLINE FOR VIDEO>>>> Sarah Palin has released a video message in response to the attempted assassination of U.S. congreswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Palin had been widely criticized for what some thought was a perfunctory condolence statement and defensive reaction to the now infamous target districts image.

David Frum's piece on what she should have said is an excellent read.

Most of the video is as you would expect. But it gets bizarre at about 3:27 where Palin implies she was the victim of a "blood libel". Here's the quote:

"Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred that they purport to condemn.That is reprehensible."

Presumably she is referring to those who connected the shooting to Palin, overheated political rhetoric and the target district image.

Now, just for the record, the "blood libel" is an old and ugly anti-semitic charge that Jews kill non-Jews (frequently children) and use their blood in religous rituals.

Many people have weighed in on this.

Here's Salon, The Washington Post, Haaretz, The Atlantic, and The National Review Online.

Is this another example of Palin misspeaking? Should she apologize? Let us know...

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