“Within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn,”
I doubt –and not for the first time– that Sarah Palin knows what she is talking about. More precisely, I doubt that she understood the power of her phrase, “blood libel.”
The term, while not widely used in America, has particular resonance with Jews, many of whom find it deeply offensive.
The allegations behind blood libel originate in the Middle Ages when Jews were falsely accused of ritualised murder, in particular the murder of children. The allegations were used to justify violence against Jews.
Within hours of the shooting in Tucson, Sarah Palin scrubbed her website of the now-infamous crosshairs map. Proverbs 28: the wicked flee when none pursue.
Update: See also Tom Toles: