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Sarah Palin accuses critics of ‘blood libel’

Sarah Palin defended her fiery rhetoric yesterday, but ignited a fresh controversy by accusing critics of “blood libel” in linking her to a deadly Arizona shooting spree.

Sarah Palin defended her fiery rhetoric yesterday, but ignited a fresh controversy by accusing critics of “blood libel” in linking her to a deadly Arizona shooting spree.

A defiant Palin, leaping into a roaring debate on the consequences of overheated political rhetoric, said her critics had been irresponsible in rushing to blame Saturday’s gun rampage on vitriolic campaign speech.

“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 they purport to condemn,” Palin, a potential 2012 White House contender, said in a video posted to her Facebook page.

Palin’s reference to “blood libel” — a false, centuries-old allegation that Jews were killing children to use their blood in religious rituals — launched a new round of criticism of Palin’s rhetoric.

“We wish that Palin had used another phrase, instead of one so fraught with pain in Jewish history,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Palin has been a focus of criticism from the left since the shootings for urging followers to “reload” (not retreat) after the health care debate and publishing an electoral map identifying vulnerable Democratic congressional districts — including Giffords’ — with rifle crosshairs.

“They claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those ‘calm days’ when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols?” she asked.

 
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