Aren't you glad every day this isn't POTUS/VPOTUS? (Photo by bill85704)
In an eight minute video, Sarah Palin said “journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite” hatred.
Palin probably felt it necessary to speak out after the fatal shooting in Tucson last week since she has been so often linked to the shooting.
Sarah Palin’s “don’t retreat, reload” rhetoric and map showing Congressional districts in crosshairs was stupid, insensitive, stupid, childish, stupid, and reckless. That said, her actions may have had nothing to do with the shooting. In fact, I think attributing Jared Lee Loughner’s actions to Sarah Palin greatly overemphasizes her influence in America.
I doubt that Palin really wanted a Congresswoman shot, so I can understand that she’d be mad to be listed in connection with the shooting. But rather than speak about the tragedy in non-personal terms or to request from everyone a tempered rhetoric in the future, she suggested the connection between her and the shootings was a “blood libel.”
Now, let’s just discuss this term and why it’s so freaking ridiculous.
Blood libel is the assertion that Jews (and sometimes other religious minorities) murder children to use their blood for certain rites. Blood libel was used heavily during the Crusades, as it was reasoned that Jews needed the blood of Christian children to make matzos.
(On a side note, I made matzo ball soup a couple of nights ago for dinner. It’s very yummy.)
So… basically, Sarah Palin is saying that Christians persecuting Jews because they believed Jews killed and ate children is just like the media saying that her “reload” rhetoric is inflammatory. Yeah, those are totally the same thing.
Now, Sarah, I think this might be a good time for you to apologize to your Jewish brothers and sisters and refudiate your use of the term “blood libel.” Better to admit you didn’t know what it meant than to be in the disfavor of the liberal Jewish lame stream media again, amIright?