Sarah Palin’s ‘Blood Libel’ Remark Sparks Controversy

By Swatilekha Paul, Gaea News Network
Thursday, January 13, 2011

WASHINGTON ( Sarah Palin has managed to do it yet again. Despite her earnest efforts to silence her critics in a new video that has been posted online, the former Alaska governor has fueled a furore once again without much deliberation. The statement that was released on Wednesday comes on the heels of a controversy that surfaced following shooting incident in Arizona with claims that a map that Sarah Palin used to mark her political rivals created an atmosphere leading to the shooting rampage. However, in attempt to address the allegations, the Republican leader has sparked another controversy by using the terms ‘blood libel‘ to describe her critics for speculating about a possible connection between her campaigns and the Arizona shooting incident.

In the statement that was made available online on Wednesday, Sarah Palin said that journalists and pundits should refrain from creating a ‘blood libel‘ that serves the only purpose of further inciting the ‘very hatred and violence they purport to condemn.’ The Republican leader went on to add, “That is reprehensible.” While referring to Jared Lee Loughner, the prime suspect in the Arizona shooting rampage as ‘apolitical,’ Sarah Palin reiterated that violence is the last thing that should discourage the people of the state from speaking out their minds.

However, the ex-Alaska governor’s statement was more or less overshadowed by her usage of terms which has been widely criticized by a number of Jewish groups. While responding to Sarah Palin’s ‘blood libel‘ remark, David A. Harris, the president of the National Jewish Democratic Council added that it is “a particularly heinous term.”

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