Sarah Palin, addressing critics and pundits who have said her use of violent rhetoric may have contributed to the shooting in Arizona that left a congresswoman injured and six others dead, used a loaded term often associated with anti-semitism.
“Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own,” Palin said in a video on her Facebook page. “Especially 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 that they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”
The “blood libel” was the false accusation spread in the Middle Ages that Jews used the blood of Christians for Passover rituals. Gabrielle Giffords, the congress woman injured, was Jewish.