The line here is that maybe Palin doesn’t know what that phrase means. But, being
a fierce Christianist, she probably does know what it means; and it makes perfect sense
that she would use it to attack those “journalists and pundits” who are (as she sees it)
persecuting her–because, of course, they’re all a bunch of Jews, you betcha!
Palin’s words reach back to sordid history
Adam Geller, AP National Writer
NEW YORK – When Sarah Palin accused journalists and pundits of “blood libel” in the wake of the deadly Arizona shootings, she reached deep into one of medieval history’s most sordid chapters to make her point.
The term “blood libel” is not well known, but it is highly charged – a direct reference to a time when many European Christians blamed Jews for kidnapping and murdering Christian children to obtain their blood. Jews were tortured and executed for crimes they did not commit, emblematic of anti-Semitism so virulent that some scholars recoiled Wednesday at Palin’s use of the term.
In a video posted to her Facebook page early Wednesday, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate accused the U.S. media of inciting hatred and violence after the shooting that gravely wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Palin has been criticized for marking Giffords’ district with the cross hairs of a gun sight during last fall’s campaign.