Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sarah Palin’s “blood libel” Sparks Reaction by Jewish Groups

Sarah Palin’s “blood libel” Sparks Reaction by Jewish Groups

The term “blood libel” is not a synonym for “false accusation.”


Nemo said...

'The term “blood libel” is not a synonym for “false accusation.”'


"The term “blood libel” has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse. Although its historical origins were in theologically based false accusations against the Jews and the Jewish People,its current usage is far broader. I myself have used it to describe false accusations against the State of Israel by the Goldstone Report. There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations that her words or images may have caused a mentally disturbed individual to kill and maim. The fact that two of the victims are Jewish is utterly irrelevant to the propriety of using this widely used term."

~~Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz


Sean Cranley said...


B.S. Miller said...

Nemo: See the reaction from the Jewish groups. That quote is direct from Jewish Funds for Justice.

Nemo said...

Miller, is it the term "blood libel" that these leftest Jewish groups are reacting to or is it Sarah herself? To gain clarity on the answer to this question, ask yourself if these groups had similar reactions to Dershowitz's or anyone else's use of the phrase (none that I am aware of). If not, then the reaction can be dismissed as the further ravings of the unhinged.